The New York Jets The team announced late on Thursday that it had been agreed in principle to appoint Robert Saleh as their next head coach.
Former favor San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator, he will replace Adam Gas, who was sacked after a 2–14 season with New York. Saleh is the fourth major trainer for Jets since 2009 and the 20th in the franchise’s history. Believed to be the first Muslim coach in NFL history.
Saleh also interviewed Philadelphia EaglesA job after the organization fired Doug Pederson on Monday. New York also interview Tennessee Titans Attack coordinator Arthur Smith earlier Thursday. Smith left without agreement and that’s when the planes moved on Saleh.
The 41-year-old is the son of Lebanese parents and the second minority coach to be awarded a head coach position in the franchise, after Todd Bowles in 2015. He will be the fourth active minority coach after that. WashingtonRon Rivera DolphinsBrian W. Flores SteelersMike Tomlin.
He spent the last four seasons with the 49ers. His defense finished second in the league last season and appeared in the Super Bowl before losing to Presidents of Kansas City. San Francisco has had a number of injuries on the defensive side of football this season and almost never played as well.
There will be a lot of questions surrounding the Jets this off season, including what to do with Sam Darnold. New York has Pick # 2 in the upcoming draft and the smart pick appears to be in the middle. But all of this will depend on what they see in Darnold.
New York also has 20 unrestricted free agents to meet and make decisions about them.
It will be the first job as a valid coach at any level. He got his start in the NFL in 2005 as a defensive assistant with the Houston Texans.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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