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Jets hire Robert Saleh as head coach, return to defensive posture

The Jets announced Thursday night that that they had reached an settlement in precept with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to change into their new head coach. The transfer marks a return to the mindset the franchise has held for the higher a part of a quarter-century.

Saleh, 41, is succeeding Adam Gase, who was fired after the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the Patriots. The Jets completed 2-14 in 2020 after dropping their first 13 video games. Gase was 9-23 in two seasons with the crew.

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New York is getting one of many hottest teaching prospects within the NFL, a coordinator who led a Tremendous Bowl-caliber unit two years in the past and a bunch that was fifth in complete protection this 12 months regardless of a number of accidents to key gamers.

It is also returning to its latest philosophy of going with a defensive thoughts as its head coach. Todd Bowles, Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, Al Groh, Invoice Belichick and Invoice Parcells all hailed from that aspect of the ball, with Gase breaking the string. The person teaching data present a blended bag of outcomes:

Gase 9-23
Bowles 24-40
Ryan 46-50
Mangini 23-25
Edwards 39-41
Groh 9-7
Belichick 0-0
Parcells 29-19

The Jets had been twenty fourth in complete protection, twenty eighth towards the move and twenty sixth in scoring protection this season beneath coordinators Gregg Williams and Frank Bush.

They’re additionally following the pack in terms of coaches of their division: Belichick, the Payments’ Sean McDermott and the Dolphins’ Brian Flores all have defensive backgrounds.

However New York is bucking a pattern, as effectively, by not hiring a younger offensive hotshot: assume Sean McVay, Matt LaFleur, Kevin Stefanski, Kliff Kingsbury, Matt Rhule and Zac Taylor. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that 49ers passing recreation coordinator Mike LaFleur — brother of Matt and all of 34 years previous — is anticipated to change into Saleh’s offensive coordinator with the Jets.

The OC selection is essential as a result of Saleh is inheriting the worst offense within the NFL (thirty second in yards and scoring in 2020). There’s the probability that Saleh might need to go along with a brand new quarterback in 2021 instead of incumbent Sam Darnold. New York will choose second within the NFL Draft in April; it might flip to Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson if it needs to begin over on the place.

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