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Callahan, Ellard won't be back

Jets assistant coach Bill Callahan is leaving to

Jets assistant coach Bill Callahan is leaving to be the Cowboys offensive line coach. (undated file photo) Credit: Al Pereira/New York Jets

If Brian Schottenheimer takes another job somewhere else and isn't back as the Jets' offensive coordinator next season, don't look for Bill Callahan to slide into that position.

Callahan, who was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach the last three seasons, is leaving to take over as the Cowboys offensive line coach, a source confirmed. Callahan replaces longtime Dallas line coach Hudson Houck.

Callahan's contract expired and general manager Mike Tannenbaum said last week the team would be speaking with Callahan soon and was hopeful of bringing him back. However, ESPN reported Callahan declined a recent offer to stay.

There was talk in some circles that Callahan might be in line to become the Jets' offensive coordinator if Schottenheimer didn't return. Schottenheimer, who has two years remaining on his contract, interviewed with the Jaguars for their head coaching position last week, and it's still not a given that he'll return for a seventh season with the Jets.

Should Schottenheimer get another job someplace else, Hue Jackson, who was fired today by the Raiders, could be a potential candidate. Jackson is familiar with Rex Ryan, having served as the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2008 when Ryan was Baltimore's defensive coordinator.

The Jets will also have a new wide receivers coach next season. A source confirmed Henry Ellard, who held that position the past three seasons with the Jets, won't be retained. Like Callahan, Ellard's contract also expired.

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