What are the Jets getting in Saleh? Dan Leberfeld

The Jets got their man.

On Thursday night, the Jets have agreed in principle with San Francisco 49ers DC Robert Saleh to become their head coach.

He has certainly paid his dues in preparing for this moment:

  • Michigan State (2002–2003)
    Defensive assistant
  • Central Michigan (2004)
    Defensive assistant
  • Georgia (2005)
    Defensive assistant
  • Houston Texans (2005)
    Defensive intern
  • Houston Texans (2006–08)
    Defensive quality control coach
  • Houston Texans (2009-10)
    Assistant linebackers coach
  • Seattle Seahawks (2011–13)
    Defensive quality control coach
  • Jacksonville Jaguars (2014–16)
    Linebackers coach
  • San Francisco (2017–20)
    Defensive coordinator

Saleh is coming off perhaps his most impressive coaching job in 2020. With the 49ers ravaged by injuries on defense, they still had a top-10 defense in total yards (fifth), rush yards (seventh) and pass yards (fourth).

In Saleh, the Jets aren’t just getting a very good defensive coach, but an alpha dog leader, who commands the room, and should be able to do a good job leading their entire team, not just one side of the ball.

Also, the Jets are in dire need of a strong football culture, and Saleh worked under two of the best culture-builders in the NFL, Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco and Pete Carroll in Seattle, so knows what it looks like, and should be able to build one in Florham Park.


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