The Jets have completed another interview with 49ers DC Robert Saleh. After speaking with Saleh almost on January 8, Green & White hosted him on a visit to One Jets Drive.
Saleh, 41, has coached the NFL for 16 seasons and has been the 49ers DC since 2017. Despite injuries to key players like DL Nick Bosa and CB Richard Sherman in the 2020 season, his defense ranked in the top five in the NFL in yards per game. games (314.3), passing yards per. match (207.9) and third-down (35.5%). His unit also ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards per game. Games (106.4) and red zone TDs (57.8%).
Saleh, who is from Dearborn, MI and went to college at Northern Michigan University, began his coaching career at Michigan State in 2002 as a Defensive Assistant. He served in the same roles as Central Michigan in 2004 and Georgia in 2005, before getting his first job in the NFL as a defensive intern with the Texans in 2005. He worked in Houston as a defensive quality control coach (2006-8) and assistant linebacker coach (2009 -10). Saleh then took a job with the Seahawks in 2011 as a defensive quality control coach and won a Super Bowl there. In 2014, he took the linebackers coaching job for the Jaguars before being named the 49ers DC in ’17.
The Jets have completed interviews with eight other candidates: Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy, Bengals ‘former head coach Marvin Lewis, Panthers’ OC Joe Brady, Bills ‘OC Brian Daboll, Colts’ DC Matt Eberflus, Rams ‘DC Brandon Staley, Titans’ OC Arthur Smith and Saints’ secondary coach Aaron Glenn.
Saleh is the first candidate to conduct another interview.