Jets hire 49ers DC Robert Saleh as their new head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Jets have hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach, the team announced on Thursday night. This will be his first head coaching opportunity.

Saleh had been a hot name in the coaching circles the past two off-seasons. However, this will be his first chance to lead a team of his own.

Former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV
Robert Saleh looks on against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV (Getty Images)

He has received a five-year deal to lead the team.

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Saleh replaces Adam Gase, who lasted just two seasons in the role. He went 9-23 in those two seasons.

The Jets have elected to hire Saleh over a chance to hire Doug Pederson. The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach was linked to the team due to his strong relationship with GM Joe Douglas.

It’s not clear if Pederson even interviewed with the team. The team did not announce that they had interviewed him for the opening.

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Saleh and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith completed second interviews with the team on Thursday.

Saleh will be taking over a rebuilding team. He takes over a team that has a lot of work to be done.

Also, he will have to work with Douglas to determine what the team will do with Sam Darnold. With the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the team may consider Justin Fields with the pick.

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The defensive-minded coach will now attempt to hire a new staff. He already knows his first move, as he plans on hiring 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur as his offensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Before being hired by the 49ers, he also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Georgia Bulldogs, Central Michigan Chippewas, and the Michigan State Spartans.

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