Douglas on Saleh’s big decision Dan Leberfeld

Robert Saleh decided not to do this, and Joe Douglas understands his thinking.

As you know by now, Saleh, the Jets new head coach, has decided not to call the defensive plays. Remember, he came to the Jets after four years as the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator.

A lot of new coaches come in, and they want to call the plays on the side of the ball that’s considered their wheelhouse. For instance, new Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni will call the offensive plays in Philly.

“There’s a lot of different ways to manage a team,” said Douglas.

But Saleh has decided not to call defensive plays, and he told the Jets’ brass his reasoning while interviewing for their head coaching position.

“When we talked to Robert, we specifically asked him what his plan, his thoughts were on the day-to-day management of the team,” Douglas said. “It was important for him to not be bunkered in with play calling, but to be present, to be a part of every aspect of the team, to manage his staff, give his staff the ability to coach their positions. And he trusts the people that he brings in.”

The Jets, who have had quite a few coaches in the past call plays on one side of the ball, liked the idea of trying a different approach.

“We were impressed with his plan for managing, not only the team and the locker room, but his staff,” Douglas said.


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