The morning session of the Jets’ first day of rookie minicamp was ending Friday when the crew gathered to listen to the pinnacle coach communicate.
It took a second for Robert Saleh to keep in mind that he was the one everybody was ready to listen to.
“The horn blew for practice to be over and I started to take my normal spot behind the huddle to listen to the head coach speak and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, that’s me,’ ” Saleh recalled with a smile a short while later.
Saleh has been the Jets’ coach for 4 months, however in some methods Friday was his first true day on the job. He was on the sphere, teaching the rookies and getting used to being the pinnacle coach after serving because the 49ers’ defensive coordinator for the previous 4 years.
“That’s the fun part of it, right?” Saleh stated. “To be able to get out there and get on the grass with the guys and start teaching your techniques and fundamentals and scheme and seeing the coaches coach and the players play. That’s always the best part about this whole job.”
The Jets’ rookies spent just a few hours on the sphere Friday with Saleh. Because of COVID-19 protocols from the NFL, the crew was divided into two teams. The linemen practiced within the morning and the talent gamers within the afternoon. New quarterback Zach Wilson was the main attraction, however it was Saleh’s debut in some ways as properly.
The new coach was recognized, whereas with San Francisco, for his sideline energy, and the rookies stated they will already really feel that from him.
“I rock with him already,” operating again Michael Carter stated. “I can’t wait to play for him. He’s a great coach already. He wants to win. He wants to have fun doing it. He wants to have high energy and that’s me. So, I’m excited to play for him.”
Alijah Vera-Tucker, the guard the Jets took with the No. 14-overall pick, stated Saleh’s energy is straightforward to sense.
“It’s in everything,” Vera-Tucker stated. “I met him in person last week and he had a lot of energy. You see it on the field when he was back in San Francisco coaching up the defense always bringing that energy and in team meetings as well. He always has, I guess, a chip on his shoulder. He always wants us to work our butts off, which we will.”
For Saleh, he must get used to teaching a whole crew after simply teaching the protection for the 49ers. The Jets employed him with the concept he would oversee the entire team. There has been a sense from the previous few Jets coaches that they’ve been overly targeted on one facet of the ball.
“It’s no different,” Saleh stated of being the pinnacle coach at follow. “From a coordinator’s standpoint, you walk from position to position and you’re just making sure that everybody’s on their Ps and Qs and things are being recited the way you wanted and taught the way you wanted. You want to see players responding the way they need to respond. Instead of just hanging around the defense, going to the offense and special teams, but observing practice and making sure everybody is doing what they need to be doing to get better. It’s just a bigger scope.”
The rookies will likely be again on the sphere Saturday. Saleh desires this minicamp to be a low-pressure chance for the rookies to begin selecting up the scheme and studying about one another and the coaches.
“For them to really start to introduce who they are and what we can expect day in and day out and not to leave gray area in the identity they want to portray. That’s the biggest message,” Saleh stated. “That’s the biggest goal of this entire weekend is just a good, clean introduction on both sides and to really learn what it’s like to be a Jet.”