As Robert Saleh stated he deliberate to infuse each facet of the Jets with a transparent identification, the workforce on Thursday formally introduced the majority of the workers that may help him as he begins his first season as the top coach of an N.F.L. workforce.
A number of of the assistants have ties to the San Francisco 49ers, whose protection thrived with Saleh as its coordinator during the last 4 years. The Jets’ protection, which ranked 26th in factors allowed in 2020, will likely be led by Jeff Ulbrich, who was promoted to the Atlanta Falcons’ co-defensive coordinator this season after serving as their linebackers coach since 2015.
Ulbrich spent his total enjoying profession with the 49ers, as a linebacker from 2000 to 2009, and when he was an assistant coach for particular groups with the Seattle Seahawks, he labored with Saleh through the 2011 season. Saleh stated that, not like some former coordinators after they turn into head coaches, he would go away the defensive play calling to Ulbrich and tackle extra of an oversight function.
As Saleh, 41, tries to finish the Jets’ 10-year streak of no postseason appearances, the query of whether or not to stay with quarterback Sam Darnold, the No. three choose within the 2018 draft, looms massive. On Thursday, Saleh declined to debate whether or not the workforce was contemplating utilizing its No. 2 total choose on this spring’s draft on one other younger quarterback or probably making an attempt to commerce for the Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, who has reportedly turn into disaffected after the workforce’s hiring of a brand new normal supervisor with out his session.
Saleh provided a glowing evaluation of Darnold’s arm and stated: “He’s fearless within the pocket, he’s bought a pure throwing movement, he’s cell, he’s extraordinarily clever,” including that “his popularity within the locker room is unquestioned.” But he stopped in need of guaranteeing that the workforce would maintain onto Darnold as its starter for the approaching season.
“We’re simply getting the workers into the constructing so there’s so many issues that we now have to do from an analysis standpoint almost about the complete roster not only a quarterback,” Saleh stated in his first information convention as head coach. “To provide you that reply proper now wouldn’t be honest.”
The brand new offensive coordinator, Mike LaFleur, will likely be coming from the 49ers’ workers, as will John Benton, the offensive line coach and run recreation coordinator. Greg Knapp, the Jets’ new passing recreation specialist, most not too long ago labored with the Atlanta Falcons, however he began his N.F.L. teaching profession in San Francisco within the 1990s and overlapped with Saleh on the Texans’ workers in 2010. Rob Calabrese, who most not too long ago labored with the Denver Broncos, would be the new quarterbacks coach.
The 2020 Jets’ offense was the worst within the league in most classes beneath Adam Gase, who left the workforce with a 9-23 document throughout his two-year tenure. Saleh’s hope is to make the Jets’ offense mirror the 49ers’ system honed beneath Coach Kyle Shanahan.
“There’s going to be a transparent identification of what we’re making an attempt to perform down in and down out on the offensive facet of the ball, defensive facet of the ball and particular groups, for that matter,” Saleh stated.
Saleh stated the workforce’s philosophy could be “all fuel, no brakes,” a phrase he additionally used when he launched himself because the 49ers’ defensive coordinator.
“He has persistently demonstrated the power to innovate, encourage and collaborate,” Christopher Johnson, who has been serving as chairman of the Jets for the previous 4 years, stated of Saleh. “His character and keenness are what this workforce wants.”
Johnson may even tackle a brand new function with the Jets as their vice chairman, permitting his brother, Woody, to reclaim the decision-making spot as principal proprietor. Woody Johnson had been serving as ambassador to the UK since 2017 beneath the Trump administration; Christopher Johnson stated his brother was flying again to the US on Thursday.