Robert Saleh, Jets taking “bold” approach at cornerback


Jets head coach Robert Saleh’s last job was running the defense for the 49ers and he did it well enough to help the team to Super Bowl LIV on his way to landing his current gig.

One of his biggest challenges with his current defense will be building a strong cornerback group. The Jets opted not to sign or trade for any veterans this offseason, which leaves them with a young collection of players without a track record of success at the professional level.

Saleh was asked at his Thursday press conference if he’d like to add someone with more experience to a crew that features four rookies, Bless Austin, Bryce Hall, and Javelin Guidry. Saleh didn’t sound like it was an imperative for the team.

“I’ve said it before, I think, the difference between player A and player Z in the entire league, I’m not talking about superstars, I’m not talking about the Aaron Donald’s of the world, they’re unique,” Saleh said. “But the difference between player A and player Z is minimal and the only thing that keeps player Z from becoming player A is an opportunity and reps. Let’s see what happens. Does it always happen? It doesn’t, but unless you’re willing to be bold enough to coach your tail off and to invest as much as you can into these young men and give them the opportunity to be seen, give them the opportunity to get reps, and give them the opportunity to get better, you’ll never know what you might find. So, that’s just the belief and the philosophy of not only our coaching staff but the entire organization and that’s something we’re committed to.”

The Jets have swung and missed with a number of free agents over the years. This year’s approach is at the other end of the spectrum and we’ll see if boldness winds up paying off for Saleh.

14 responses to “Robert Saleh, Jets taking “bold” approach at cornerback

  1. The Jets still need to rebuild for another year or two so if they have a one year experiment when they’re weak it’s fine. It’s not like if they’re secondary is bad they’re not going to win a super bowl, even if they signed a decent cornerback it wouldn’t have that much impact this year, so it makes sense to experiment now when they’re weak

  2. Sure feels like Saleh and Joe Douglas are going to turn this franchise around.

  3. That’s a similar philosophy to Belichick’s but Saleh leaves out two impotent distinctions.

    One, a guy needs to love football and want to be coached.

    Two, the coach has to accurately assess a player’s strengths and weaknesses and play to the former and cover for the latter.

    Bill constantly takes underperforming guys, especially on defense (Vrabel, Van Noy, Ninkovitch), and get the most out of them.

    Saleh may have that sane ability. Time will tell. He clearly trusts himself.

  4. I like the approach and he’s not wrong, these are the top football athletes in the world and coaching can go a long way along with opportunity, we see it happen all the time. Good on him

  5. He’s smart enough to understand it’s “Draft and develop,” not “Draft and if it wasn’t a homerun first year starter, run right out and sign every Free Agent out there.

    That puts him ahead of a lot of people already.

  6. I’m sorry, but the difference between Tom Brady and Nate Pederman is not reps and it is certainly not minimal even if you gave Pederman twice the reps. If this guy really thinks that, then the Jets will be looking for a new coach in 2 years.

  7. Ever notice the crap teams with bad leadersip do the most mouth running this time of year?

  8. Bryce Hall was an exceptional pick in the 5th round by Douglass, he’s going to be a solid player.

  9. Big Ant TV says:
    June 18, 2021 at 9:40 am

    translation the Jets well be getting burned alot this season

    A more accurate translation might be people are scared when the Jets start acting like they know what they are doing as the put a team together.

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