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Jets Announce Stump Mitchell As New RB Coach

The Jets continue to fill out their coaching staff with the hiring of former NFL running back Stump Mitchell

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The Jets have continued to fill out their coaching staff, today announcing that Stump Mitchell has agreed to come on board as the running backs coach.

Stump will be familiar to Todd Bowles due to them both working on the Cardinals staff under Bruce Arians, where he's been the RB coach for the last four years, coaching players like David Johnson, who has quickly become one of the most feared backs in the league.

Having coached World League, the Arena League and High school football, Mitchell entered the NFL circuit with the Seattle Seahawks, coaching their RB's from 1999-2007, a post that would allow him to work with Shaun Alexander, who had more than one stellar year running the rock. Following his time with the Seahawks, Mitchell moves to the Redskins where he coached Clinton Portis to a 1,487 yard season in 2008. He left to become a head coach with Southern University in 2010, but rejoined the NFL on Arian's Arizona staff in 2012

He has a familiarity with Bowles, he has a vast amount of experience in the NFL and he's coached some very good RB's. This is another strong hire for me and Bowles has put together a very nice staff, a staff that will be relied upon to help him keep his job.

Stump finished his playing career having played in 116 games, rushing for 4649 and 32 touchdowns, while catching 209 balls for 1955 yards and 9 TD's.

If you're wondering why he's called "stump" comes from his playing days, because he was tougher than a stump.