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Jets Complete 2nd Interview With 49ers’ Saleh Without Deal

NEW YORK: The seek for a brand new coach continues for the New York Jets after they accomplished an in-person interview with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Wednesday with out apparently reaching a deal.

Saleh was the primary of the 9 recognized candidates to talk remotely with the Jets final week to be hosted by the staff at its facility in Florham Park, New Jersey.

Saleh arrived Tuesday evening and spent a number of hours with the staff earlier than assembly once more Wednesday. It’s believed Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, staff president Hymie Elhai and normal supervisor Joe Douglas all met in particular person with Saleh over the 2 days.

The Jets introduced on social media that they had accomplished their second interview with Saleh, which generally has indicated {that a} candidate has left the ability.

If it doesn’t instantly attain a take care of Saleh, New York can host the opposite candidates initially spoken to whose staff isn’t taking part in within the postseason. That would come with Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Smith, who has led Tennessee’s offense the final two seasons, is believed to even be very excessive on New York’s record.

The Jets have additionally interviewed Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, New Orleans defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn, and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley however their groups are nonetheless within the playoffs.

The 41-year-old Saleh emerged as the favourite for the Jets job when he was introduced in for a second interview, however might find yourself having his choose of the job openings. Philadelphia, which fired Doug Pederson on Monday, is believed to be occupied with chatting with him. Saleh beforehand interviewed with Detroit, Atlanta, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Chargers earlier than the in-person assembly with New York.

Saleh, acknowledged as an lively chief who’s effectively preferred by his gamers, has been the 49ers defensive coordinator underneath Kyle Shanahan since 2017, overseeing San Franciscos protection that ranked No. 2 total on the way in which to the Super Bowl final season.

Even with a number of accidents to key gamers this yr, the 49ers completed fifth in total protection underneath Saleh.

The Jets fired Adam Gase on Jan. three after simply two seasons, throughout which he went 9-23 together with a 2-14 end this yr that was marked by a franchise-worst 0-13 begin.

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