Signs point to the Jets hiring Robert Saleh

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With 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh getting a second interview with the Jets for their vacant coaching position, Saleh now appears to be the favorite.

As Chris Simms said during Wednesday’s PFT Live, the talk in coaching circles is that the Jets are moving toward hiring Saleh.

Saleh has proven to be a great coach, but his hiring by the Jets would come with an important caveat. The Jets need to develop quarterback Sam Darnold, who has fallen far behind three of his 2018 first-round peers: Baker Mayfield (taken before Darnold), Josh Allen (taken after Darnold), and Lamar Jackson (taken well after Darnold).

All three of them will be playing this weekend. So if the Jets get a defensive coach who hires an offensive coordinator who gets Darnold to the final eight in 2021 or 2022, then what? The offensive coordinator gets a head-coaching job elsewhere, quite possibly.

So, as the Jets and Saleh apparently move toward quite possibly striking a deal, both sides need to have a plan for the worst-case scenario resulting from the best-case scenario: Having things go so well that whoever it is that gets the most out of Darnold gets a head-coaching job elsewhere.

48 responses to “Signs point to the Jets hiring Robert Saleh

  1. Do the Jets really need to develop Darnold? It seems much more likely the jets will need to develop Fields.

  2. Why not give him a chance? This is the organization that gave Rex Ryan and Richie Kotite a job

  3. Besides being a very good coach, Saleh would bring enthusiasm and personality to the Jets whose past two head coaches were comatose on the sideline. This would be a great hire for the Jets.

  4. My question is, how did the Lions screw the pooch so badly that they cannot even get a hometown guy to come coach the franchise?

  5. The Jets have many needs. Keep Darnold and put a team around him. If it doesn’t work out, you can still move on from Darnold, but with a much-improved roster.

  6. After 3 seasons Darnold has proven that he’s inconsistent and not a good QB.
    Many highly drafted QBs fail.
    Its time to draft a new QB.
    Trade Darnold for a 3rd if you can get it.

  7. The jets hiring a first time head coach is a bad idea. Things are so messed up there, they need a veteran coach that knows what they are doing. Marvin Lewis would have been perfect.

  8. All the problems the Jets have, and you write about the possibility that after making the playoffs, winning a game, they might lose their OC? When Jets fans have THAT as their problem, I’m sure they will be thrilled!

  9. Jets Joe Douglas will hire Robert Saleh as head coach & Doug Pederson as offensive coordinator & Assistant head coach.

  10. The TE obsessed Lions passed on this guy for Dan Campbell, another TE. They’ll probably make a former TE their GM too then draft a TE w the 7th pick.

  11. I am hoping the Jets DO take Fields. As a Miami fan, really hope Devonta Smith is there at #3. Fields is Pryor and Haskins all over again..

  12. I wouldn’t worry about Darnold being so good we lose the guy who made him that way. Jeez, have you seen him play? I’m ok with this but he better have a REAL plan at QB…and a proven guy to coordinate the offense. My preference is Zach Wilson.

  13. murphyslaw40 says:
    January 13, 2021 at 9:53 am
    My question is, how did the Lions screw the pooch so badly that they cannot even get a hometown guy to come coach the franchise?
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    I think both teams have bad ownership, but Detroit just feels like a bad situation on the verge of imploding, always. Plus, who wants to go into that job with a likely directive of “playoffs in 2 years or you’re out”, which seems unrealistic.

  14. love to see Saleh get his opportunity, but the Jets?
    That’s playing with the odds stacked against you.

  15. I think it would be a bad move for Saleh. Both The Jags and Jets have tons of cap space, but their rosters are so devoid of talent. Their next two years are likely to be underwhelming while they add talent. And the Jets change head coaches almost as often as people change their underwear.

    If i am someone like Saleh or Bienemey, then Atlanta, Detroit, Philly and Houtson all look way more appealing.

  16. patrickmahomesblockedme says:
    January 13, 2021 at 10:06 am
    The jets hiring a first time head coach is a bad idea. Things are so messed up there, they need a veteran coach that knows what they are doing. Marvin Lewis would have been perfect.
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    Lewis had three losing seasons before losing his job. He was also okay with the dumpster fire brought by Adam Jones and Vontaze Burflict. He is 0-7 in the playoffs. Yeah, he would be a perfect hire.

  17. The transition from college to professional is difficult, and hard to predict. Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen made the transition well.

    Mayfield’s size and maturity was questionable, Jacksons’s touch and consistency in the passing game was questionable, and Josh Allen being polished enough for the position given his raw talent was questionable.

    Sam Darnold has the size and talent, but his leadership and winning edge is questionable.

    Law of averages would say 3 of 4 successes is above the curve and it’s not realistic for all four from that class to have success. Looks like Darnold is the odd man out. Is what it is. Cleveland searched for years until they found a consistent starter. Washington is still searching for a viable starter. Looks like the Jets are still searching too. At some point that realization has to set-in and the team must move on.

  18. Saleh, you want to come to the AFCE? The Bills and Dolphins are clearly turning a corner, and BB has massive cap space going into 2021.

    The Jets are going to be bottom dwellers for the next 2-3 years no matter who is coaching.

  19. This would be the best thing to happen to the Jets since 69 and Joe Willy Namath. Make ti happen !!

  20. I love all of the thumbs down to true facts. The Jets are an embarrassment. 52 years of mediocrity or less. But keep thinking that is not the case.

  21. “Why not give him a chance? This is the organization that gave Rex Ryan and Richie Kotite a job”

    You serious? That is the worst sarcastic mockery I have ever seen.

  22. Very few head coaches from the defense side succeed in the NFL. Coaches like Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Mike Shanahan, and Andy Reid are head coaches who are from the offense side.

  23. Salah is overrated and it would fit that the Jets would hire him. He will be back as a DC in the NFL in two to three years.

  24. “And the Jets change head coaches almost as often as people change their underwear.”

    You’re kidding, right? Before Gase the Jets had Bowles for five years and Rex for six years.

  25. If I’m the Jets I wanna know that Saleh will be the HC not just a DC who also coaches the rest of the team. They need a HC on that team. Gase is proof that unless your the rare HC like Andy Reid or Sean Payton the best coaches are ones that coach the entire team not just leave one side of the team to another coach. The HC should be a CEO not just the head of one department.

  26. Well if he wants to get out from under Sam Darnold all he has to do is call Ryan Pace and ask for the Bears’ 1st round pick in return. Pace will do it, and throw in a 3rd just to be a nice guy.

  27. I don’t understand the hate on Sam. A third year QB, on a covid year, couldnt carry the worst organization in the NFL from the front office to the roster? If you draft a QB, you’re putting him in a horrible situation. We have so many holes (line, pass rush, secondary, kicker, tight end, receiver, running back) you cannot throw a #2 pick at someone who is not worth the pick. You cannot make an argument that Fields or Wilson are within the top 15 players in this draft, and could make a logical argument not even in the top 32. Draft the lineman or trade the pick, build the team. If Sam stinks this year, you still have draft capital to move up and grab a QB you want NEXT year, in a class projected to be MUCH better then this year (minus Trevor).

  28. Saleh would be a great hire for a franchise in desperate need of leadership. I would think he would bring in Darrell Bevell as an OC and someone like Kris Richard as a DC.

  29. Whoever hires this dude is getting an absolute gem! I hope he goes to a team who is committed to winning as much as he is.

  30. As long as he can get through the introductory presser without his eyes popping out of his head he’ll already be off to a better start than the last guy.

  31. “californianewton says:
    January 13, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    Very few head coaches from the defense side succeed in the NFL. Coaches like Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs, Mike Shanahan, and Andy Reid are head coaches who are from the offense side.”

    Shula, Landry, Noll, Parcells, Cowher, Belichick, Tomlin & Carroll did alright…

  32. NYC teams are not for the faint of heart. While they have great fans, they can also be brutal to players and coaches that don’t meet expectations.

    I think that Salah will make a great head coach, but I think that his talents would be better used on teams like the Chargers or Philly.

  33. Every year it’s the same with these hot coordinators and rumors abound as to where they’re going. He left the jets building and is on his way to philly. Word out of Detroit was his interview was a bomb and considering they went the route of the hot DC a few years back they need to hire an experienced head coach instead. As a reminder patricia was heading to the giants back then until he wasnt.

  34. The people saying to develop Darnold can’t be serious. He’s played 3 seasons and only gone from mediocre to bad. Darnold is not a good qb.

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