The Jets have an interview set with one of the top candidates in this head coaching hiring cycle – 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
The team will interview Saleh on Friday, according to the NFL Network.
Saleh, 41, is one of the most sought-after coaches right now. He has already interviewed with the Falcons and Lions and is scheduled to interview with the Chargers and Jaguars, as well.
Saleh has overseen the San Francisco defense since 2017. The 49ers were decimated by injuries this past season, but his unit still performed well, finishing fifth in total defense and fourth in passing defense. He was named the assistant coach of the year by The Sporting News in 2019 after his defense finished first in passing defense, allowing a minuscule 169.2 passing yards per game. They were eighth in total defense and the won the NFC.
The 49ers players have praised Saleh, and his high-energy style on the sideline is a favorite of TV broadcasts. Before joining the 49ers, Saleh served as the linebackers coach in Jacksonville from 2014-16. He entered the NFL as an intern with the Texans in 2005 and worked both in Houston and Seattle as a low-level assistant.