Saleh-Ulbrich union already step ahead of Jets predecessors

Jeff Ulbrich seems to be the half, as a result of he has performed the half.

The Jets’ defensive coordinator, 12 years faraway from the final of his 10 seasons as a 49ers linebacker, seems to be like he’d nonetheless wish to be hammering opposing working backs whilst he coaches his Jets defensive gamers.

Ulbrich, 44, regarded that means in Friday’s OTA apply as his gamers acquired the higher of rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and the offense, which struggled for lots of the two-hour session.

“Coach ’Brich, man, he’s an old-school linebacker,’’ Jets linebacker Jarrad Davis stated after Friday’s OTA. “He’s nonetheless acquired it in him. Every single day, he brings that power, he brings that fireplace. It’s one thing that helps push us as gamers.’’

Jets head coach Robert Saleh has a number of former NFL gamers on his teaching employees, and Ulbrich heads the listing. He performed a decade with San Francisco, showing in 120 video games and beginning 75 of them whereas amassing 501 tackles, 5 ¹/₂ sacks, two interceptions and 6 compelled fumbles earlier than retiring in 2009.

“I believe, at occasions, it may well assist me relate to the participant and assist me join with the participant, the truth that I’ve been of their sneakers and know what it looks like,’’ Ulbrich stated Friday. “It provides me perspective in that means. Hopefully, it provides me a little bit avenue cred, the truth that I’ve executed it and performed for some time, that there’s a degree of belief there perhaps {that a} former participant can generate.’’

Ulbrich and Saleh labored collectively on Pete Carroll’s employees in Seattle. Saleh was a defensive high quality management coach from 2011-13 for the Seahawks, and Ulrich was a particular groups assistant in 2010-11.

Jets coach Robert Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.
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Now, the 2 have been tasked with enhancing a porous Jets protection that allowed a median of 28.6 factors per sport in 2020. There’s loads to do in a little bit bit of time, with a largely new solid of gamers, however the synergy between Saleh and Ulbrich provides this factor an opportunity.

Unlike the organized marriage between Adam Gase, the Jets head coach who was fired after final season, and his flamable defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, Saleh handpicked Ulbrich.

Gase had Williams irresponsibly compelled upon him by Jets administration, and there was all the time the impression that Gase couldn’t discover defensive assembly room contained in the staff facility with the help of a seeing-eye canine he appeared so indifferent from that aspect of the ball.

The association was awkward, and it lastly imploded late final season when Williams went behind Gase’s again and called that ridiculous “cover-zero’’ defense that allowed the Raiders to steal a win over the Jets within the remaining seconds on a protracted TD go.

It was fairly obvious that Williams, who favored to fancy himself because the “CEO of the protection,’’ had little respect for Gase, whom he tacitly threw beneath the bus on a number of events as the connection eroded.

Listening to the best way Ulbrich speaks about Saleh, his respect for his boss is unmistakable.

“We have an identical perception system, [but] I wasn’t going to get in the best way of working the stuff that that they had in San Francisco,’’ he stated. “Yeah, I’ll add some wrinkles, however the basis of that is what [Saleh] grew in San Francisco.’’

On Friday, Saleh known as Ulbrich, who was the Falcons’ linebackers coach from 2015 into final yr when he was elevated to defensive coordinator in midseason, “an amazing trainer first.

“There’s not a lot of fluff, and there’s not a lot of yelling,” Saleh stated. “I don’t consider in that within the assembly rooms, I don’t consider in that on the apply area.’’

Guess who was a yeller within the assembly room and on the apply area? Hint: His initials are “GW.’’

With excessive power as Saleh’s calling card and an enormous half of the best way Ulbrich coaches, this could make the Jets defensive assembly room a energetic place.

“Hopefully, it’s a relationship the place we feed off one another and convey it every single day,’’ Ulbrich stated. “I really like his power, all the time have, and what it stands for and the best way he’s carried himself, the best way he’s linked with the gamers and motivates the gamers. I’m going to feed off it as a lot because the gamers will.’’

Saleh stated the connection between him and Ulbrich “goes to be a great marriage in phrases of not solely philosophy however scheme.’’

The finest marriages are natural, just like the one between Saleh and Ulbrich, not organized, just like the Gase and Williams pairing.

Good for Jets basic supervisor Joe Douglas and staff possession for not enjoying matchmaker this time.

Better outcomes are virtually sure to comply with.

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