The Jets have completed a second interview with DC Robert Saleh of The 49ers. After speaking with Saleh Almost Jan.8, Green & White hosted him on a visit at One Jets Drive.
Saleh, 41, has coached in the NFL for 16 seasons and has been in 49th place since 2017. Despite injuries to major players, such as DL Nick Bosa and CB Richard Sherman in the 2020 season, his defense has come first. In the top five. NFL in yards per game (314.3), passing yards per game (207.9) and third down (35.5%). His unit also ranked in the top ten in per-game rush arenas (106.4) and TDs in the red (57.8%).
In 2019, Saleh was selected as Coordinator of the Year before sports news After leading NFL Defense No. 2 in gross yards (281.8), the lowest number by the team since 1997. San Francisco also led the NFL in the number of passing yards allowed per match (169.2), the lowest number in the league since Aircraft in 2009 (153.7). Saleh helped develop DL novice Nick Bossa, who won the Associated Press – Defense Entry of the Year award. The 49ers were the only NFL team to have had at least four players with a minimum of 6.5 sacks in 2019 (Bossa, Eric Armsted, DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford).
Saleh, who is from Dearborn, Michigan and attended university at Northern Michigan University, began his coaching career in Michigan in 2002 as a defense assistant. He served in the same position with Central Michigan in 2004 and Georgia in 2005 before landing his first job in the NFL as a defensive coach with Texas in 2005. He worked in Houston as a defense coach for quality control (2006-8) and assistant back coach (2009-10) . Saleh then took a job with the Seahawks in 2011 as a defense coach for quality control and won the Super Bowl title there. In 2014, he took over as a coach-back at Jaguars before being named 49ers DC in the year 17.
The Jets have completed interviews with eight other candidates: Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, former Head Coach for Bengals, Marvin Lewis, Panthers’ OC Joe Brady, Bills’ OC Brian Daboll, Colts’ DC Matt Eberflus, Rams’ DC Brandon Staley, Titans’ OC Arthur Smith and Saints Secondary Instructor Aaron Glenn.
Saleh is the first candidate to complete the second interview.