Jets hiring Robert Saleh as next coach

The New York Jets announced Thursday night that they have agreed to hire San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new head coach.

Saleh will become the 20th coach in Jets history, replacing Adam Gase, who was fired following the team’s 2-14 season.

The 49ers ranked fifth in total yards allowed this season after finishing second in total defense in 2019.

Saleh has spent 16 years in the NFL, including three as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebackers coached from 2014-16. He was Seattle’s defensive quality control coach from 2011-13 after spending six season on the Houston Texans’ staff.

Robert Saleh
Robert Saleh. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

A Michigan native, Saleh has been connected with most of the head coaching vacancies in the NFL since the end of the regular season. That included the Detroit Lions. Saleh spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan State and one at Central Michigan.

Ultimately, it was the Jets who landed one of the most coveted coordinators in the NFL. Saleh received interview requests for six of the seven head coaching openings, but quickly emerged as a target of the Jets, who interviewed the 41-year-old twice.

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)