Jets Officially Hire Robert Saleh

The Jets have hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach, per a club announcement. It’s a five-year deal for Gang Green and the 49ers defensive coordinator , as Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets

Saleh is now the Jets’ 20th head coach in franchise history. The 41-year-old was an early favorite for the job, based on the strength of his SF defense. In 2020, the Niners finished fifth in total yards, seventh in rushing yards, and fourth in passing yards allowed. In 2019, Saleh’s D surrendered just 169.2 passing yards per contest — the lowest average since Rex Ryan‘s 2009 Jets D.

The Jets have lots of holes to fill, but also lots of room to remake the team with their new coaching staff. They’ll have ample cap space to work with in March, plus two first-round picks (Nos. 2 and 23) in April.

There were seven vacancies in this cycle, and six of those teams requested interviews with Saleh. The Jets didn’t want to let him get away and, ultimately, they got their man.The 41-year-old edged out a number of qualified candidates, including Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Smith — similarly popular in this cycle – had just completed a second interview. Here’s the full rundown, via PFR’s tracker:

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  1. I Beg To Differ

    Jets To Do List:

    #1- Trade Darnold, the #2 pick, and next years Seattle pick, plus draft filler for Watson

    #2 – Sign Allen Robinson

    #3- Draft a RB with Seattle’s first this year. Harris or Etienne.

    #4- fix the oline via FA and draft

    #5- bring in Saleh guys from the 49ers.

    Some combination of Witherspoon, Verett, Williams, Tartt for the secondary.

    Ronald Blair should be a must very underrated player at DE. Solomon Thomas could be a decent addition for depth and should come cheap coming off an injury.

    • puddles

      Would take a lot more than that for Watson. Both 1sts this year, next years 1st and more on top of that for sure

    • Texans hang up immediately. Darnold has very little value and Seattle’s pick is likely to be a late rounder. #2 overall is nice, but you’d need more. Watson is a top five QB and would be the best QB the Jets have had since God knows when.

      • I Beg To Differ

        “Trade Darnold, the #2 pick, and next years Seattle pick, plus draft filler for Watson”

        Draft filler as in picks to make the deal work instead of players going back to the Texans.

        Really theyd hang up on the #2, Seattle’s 2021 1st, and a mixture of 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round picks in 2021 and 2022?

        Yeah passing on say the #2 this year, Seattle’s 1st in 2022, 2 3rds and 2 4ths is a great idea.

        #2 this year
        Seattle’s #1 next year (leaves the Jets Seattle’s 1st this year

        Jets 2021 3rd (leaves them Seattle’s 2021 3rd)
        Jets 2022 3rd

        Jets 2021 4th (banking on getting the Giants 4th if Williams resigns)
        Jets 2022 4th

        Yeah, thatd be horrible for the Texans. Having the ability to trade back from #2 overall and acquire more draft assets would just be downright awful for a franchise in flux.

        They need draft picks and do a reset. 2 1st (one being a top 2 overall selection), 2 3rds, and 2 the is a fair offer.

    • Rocket32

      I Beg To Differ That’s nowhere near enough for Watson, he’s worth multiple 1sts + a bit more. BoB is gone, no more acquiring Texans stars for peanuts. Young franchise QB’s under contract like Watson and Mahomes are the most valuable assets in the NFL.

      • I Beg To Differ

        Last franchise QB that was traded in recent memory was Jay Cutler.

        2 1sts and a 3rd for him at age 25. One was the 18th in 2009 and 11th in 2010.

        Carson Palmer netted a 1st and 2nd. The first was #17..

        Those picks weren’t near #2 overall.

        #2 this year, Seattle’s first next year, 2 3rds, and 2 4ths is a fair offer.

        They could opt for #2 and both Seattle picks but for a franchise that has many needs id take a quantity package of draft picks..Theyre not one or two guys away from being a superbowl contender.

  2. padam

    Like Watson, but he’d be a waste on the Jets right now. They’re just not there. Jets could trade up and get Lawrence since Meyer has taken the helm. Or, draft Sewell and sign some talent with the 70M that will help Darnold. Strong offensive line and a top receiver with a drafted RB is a good start.

  3. Freddie Morales

    I don’t understand why the 49ers get two 3rd round picks for Saleh leaving them to become a HC.

    Think this rule could deter teams from signing Chiefs OC as the chiefs would be getting compensation for him leaving.

  4. Simmons>Russ

    If it was me.

    Draft in Sewell at 2nd overall.
    Trade the Seahawks 1st round pick (23rd overall) and Sam Darnold for the Patriots 15th overall pick and a fourth round pick.
    Draft Mac Jones at 15th overall
    With the Jets second round pick take either Najee Harris or Travis Eitenee, 34th overall.

    Then let Robert Saleh take defensive players after this and let him spend on defence in free agency.

    But atleast from the start of the draft your going to have an offence consisting of a good young QB in Jones, a very nice young running back, and a strong O line. Your still a little weak at WR and TE but you have Crowder and Mims and maybe you make some FA moves. But Saleh will be able to improve the defence and develop young players.

    Jets should go 6-11 first year then 8-8 the second

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