Jets’ Robert Saleh now exudes calm after animated past

If you watched Robert Saleh on the sideline throughout his time because the 49ers’ defensive coordinator, you noticed an animated, excited coach who typically jumped round, screamed and seemed extra like a WWE wrestler than a coach.

But that’s not what you see at Jets coaching camp as Saleh opens his first 12 months as the pinnacle coach of Gang Green. Saleh is calm at apply, by no means raises his voice and normally seems like he’s taking the whole lot in, somewhat than chastising gamers.

“I’ve never been a big yeller on the practice field, and I’m not really a yeller during the games either,” Saleh defined this week, saying what you noticed on the sideline when he was with San Francisco have been celebrations. “On the football field, it’s trying to take in as much to help these guys. It’s all about teaching, it’s all about trying to find ways to make them better so they can make those plays on Sunday.”

The past few seasons featured a variety of screaming on the apply area from defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Former head coaches Adam Gase and Todd Bowles, nevertheless, weren’t massive yellers.

Robert Saleh
Robert Saleh
Bill Kostroun

But Saleh has a calm on the sphere that even exceeds what these two confirmed. It may very well be as a result of he’s not calling performs, as Gase did on offense and Bowles did on protection. That permits him to look at extra at apply. Saleh normally positions himself behind the offense in staff drills, subsequent to offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur. It is uncommon to see Saleh take over a apply, although. He has but to cease a apply to make the staff run sprints as some coaches have executed within the past.

When it involves self-discipline on the sphere, Saleh shouldn’t be Joe Judge, the Giants coach, who has gotten consideration for making his players run laps at apply. Past Jets coaches, similar to Rex Ryan and Bowles made gamers do push-ups after committing penalties. Saleh doesn’t imagine in that.

“There are many ways to do it,” Saleh stated. “For me, it’s more trying to create accountability with self rather than forcing accountability. These players are grown men. To give them the opportunity to correct themselves will always happen first. Obviously, there’s going to be coaching. They’re not trying to make the mistake, all we can do is help them understand how the mistake was made so they don’t do it again.”

Running back Ty Johnson, who has performed for a lot of completely different coaches all through his soccer life, stated Saleh’s model stands out.

“He’s treating you like a man, you know?” Johnson stated. “You’re not like a college kid, a high school kid. He’s like, ‘OK, you know what you did wrong. Let’s fix it and do it 100 miles per hour.’ It’s been really great that he realizes we’re men and he’s going to treat us like men.”

Johnson stated typically it’s “weird” to not have a coach yelling. When he sees a mistake in apply, he seems at Saleh, ready for a response.

“I look back and he’s just walking with his pen and paper but he doesn’t say anything,” Johnson stated.

Part of what the Jets’ brass was in search of when hiring a brand new head coach was somebody who might oversee each facet of the soccer staff and never deal with one aspect of the ball, as most of their latest coaches have. Saleh stated he has made an effort to be in offensive and defensive conferences, though he nonetheless spends a bit extra time with the protection. At apply, he’s now getting used to having fun with it when the offense makes massive performs.

Robert Saleh talks with Christopher Johnson during a training camp practice.
Robert Saleh talks with Christopher Johnson throughout a coaching camp apply.
Corey Sipkin

“Even as a coordinator, you look at both sides of the ball,” Saleh stated. “Obviously you’re centered a lot extra on one aspect and the personnel, however you’re all the time attempting to look at each as a result of it’s regular for, no less than with us, for us to ask the D-line coach what he thinks of the O-line. … But general, simply from this scope, except for with the ability to get pleasure from the entire explosive performs and attempting to be reserved in that regard, that’s most likely the one distinction.

“Otherwise, it’s engaging and it’s exciting to be able to talk to both sides, and special teams for that matter.”

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.