Robert Saleh has advanced to the next round. The Jets are flying 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in for a second interview, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo (Twitter link).
Saleh — who is also in the mix for the Falcons, Lions, Jaguars, and Chargers — appears to be one of the hottest candidates in this cycle. He’s got ties to several of those teams. Before going to SF, he spent 2014-2016 as Jacksonville’s linebackers coach. He’s also been heavily connected to the Lions job, which makes sense since he’s a Michigan native who spent time with the Spartans.
The Jets were a mess on both sides of the ball and they might be inclined to go for a defensive specialist. The 41-year-old Saleh led a healthier 49ers defense to the NFL’s second-best DVOA in 2019 and managed to keep this year’s injury-ravaged unit towards the top.
Saleh, meanwhile, has no shortage of options, and the Jets might not be the belle of the ball. The Chargers might be especially appealing for Saleh, allowing him to stay in the same state and manage one of the league’s most talented units.
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