Robert Saleh had his “Welcome to being an NFL head coach” moment

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Robert Saleh directed his first practice as the Jets’ head coach on the first day of the team’s rookie minicamp. It was as new to him as it was to the Jets’ rookies.

“The horn blew for practice to be over, and I started to take my normal spot behind the huddle to listen to the head coach speak and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, that’s me,’ ” Saleh recalled with a smile, via Brian Costello of The New York Post.

The Jets hired Saleh on Jan. 14, but, in many ways, Friday was his debut. The former 49ers defensive coordinator was in his element, back on the practice field.

“That’s the fun part of it, right?” Saleh said. “To be able to get out there and get on the grass with the guys and start teaching your techniques and fundamentals and scheme and seeing the coaches coach and the players play. That’s always the best part about this whole job.”

16 responses to “Robert Saleh had his “Welcome to being an NFL head coach” moment

  1. 49er fans have known for a couple of years just how special Saleh is..now the rest of the country will see it.

  2. Since he was a part of the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom and Super Bowl win, I respect Saleh and hope he’s able to turn the Jets around. Bummed that he left Seattle, but that’s the way the ball bounces. Would much rather have him as DC than Norton Jr.
    Good luck in NY!

  3. After a couple of years a of Adam Gase what a pleasure to have someone normal as coach

  4. I could write an essay on how Saleh has seemingly grown into a near-perfect blend of tactician, motivator, and great human being. I admire the guy so much, I’ve already bought some Jets gear. Not a fan of their more recent uniform redesign though, so hopefully that gets straightened out.

  5. “The horn blew for practice to be over, and I started to take my normal spot behind the huddle to listen to the head coach speak and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, that’s me,’ ” ….

    This guy is the perfect Jets hire. He’ll blend right in with the rest.

  6. The Jets have stunk ever since loud mouth Rex left and they stunk before he got there. I give respect where it is due and even though I did not care for the way he ran his press conferences, they were at least in the games. Teams could not say well that is a win this week.

  7. nnagi says:
    May 7, 2021 at 9:29 pm
    Seriously? You got hired to be the head coach, know your role
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    Holy crap you’re a moron. It was a perfectly normal, human moment that probably every new head coach has, and you somehow have to bash him for it?

  8. gtmaryland says:
    May 8, 2021 at 10:12 am
    nnagi says:
    May 7, 2021 at 9:29 pm
    Seriously? You got hired to be the head coach, know your role
    ——————————————

    Holy crap you’re a moron. It was a perfectly normal, human moment that probably every new head coach has, and you somehow have to bash him for it?

    No, you’re moron – this guy got hired to be a head coach, he should act accordingly

  9. boozer32 says:
    May 8, 2021 at 1:32 am

    After a couple of years a of Adam Gase what a pleasure to have someone normal as coach

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    Amen! says every Dolphins and Jets fan ! This Clown single handed gave the Bills a 2 year head start and the Patriots extra 5 years of dominance. Looking forward to AFC East to be competitive again.

  10. I fear that Saleh may make the Jets good. As a Pats fan I fear that this division could be really really tough.

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