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Jets Hire Robert Saleh to be 20th Head Coach

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By Michael Pallas January 14, 2021 0 Comment
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A Fresh Face

Robert Saleh was hired by the New York Jets, and he becomes the 20th head coach in the history of the franchise.

The search for the head coach for the Jets in 2021 is finally over, and they have agreed to a deal with Robert Saleh. The now-former defensive coordinator for the 49ers will be heading east to become the franchise’s 20th coach.

The move is a little bit shocking considering Saleh left East Rutherford to interview with the Philadelphia Eagles, but clearly, the Jets sweetened the pot, and he couldn’t say no.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it is a five-year deal. In addition to that, Saleh is expected to bring along 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur to be the offensive coordinator.

Saleh was one of the top options for the Jets in this hiring cycle. His credentials are extremely strong. Saleh has an NFC Championship, and one of the best defensive schemes in the NFL.

When it comes to being the head coach, he brings a lot more. He’s been praised as a leader and a coach that adapts well to the circumstances at hand. That was proven in 2020 when the 49ers defense played well despite key injuries.

A New Beginning

This is also shocking, because, let’s face it, this is the Jets. However, let’s not forget, though, this is a Joe Douglas-run Jets team now. So, it’s not the same old Jets anymore. Many executives around the league expect Douglas to be a good GM, and this is just the beginning.

Some have said hiring a defensive-minded coach won’t work in today’s NFL. Also, it was said that hiring one would lead to losing the offensive coordinator to a coaching search.

Offense, Defense, Special Teams? It Doesn’t Matter for Next Jets Head Coach

First, the last 10 Super Bowls have seen only a 5-4 difference in favor of offensive coaches winning. Secondly, good franchises promote from within. The Jets can keep the cycle rolling by hiring a good QB coach, then eventually promote that coach to OC.

In the end, this Jets franchise is starting a new chapter. They’re building a new identity. The addition of Robert Saleh can finally end the same old Jets stigma. The time is now!

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Michael has been covering the Jets since 2015 for various blogs, and he’s the host of Bleav in Jets.

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