Jets fans rejoice. You got your man. Robert Saleh is everything you wanted for your latest head coach.
Even when you were skeptical and certain the Jets got it wrong when they let him leave New Jersey without a contract on Wednesday following his two-day visit, the Jets delivered, gave you your man.
You reviled Adam Gase since the moment he was hired two years ago. You wondered why Jets CEO Christopher Johnson did everything but drive Gase up to Florham Park himself five minutes after he was fired for being too mediocre in Miami.
You poked fun on social media at Gase’s wandering eyes during his introductory press conference. You hated how he coached quarterback Sam Darnold, who never developed into the franchise quarterback he was drafted to be when Gase was hired to do exactly that, the supposed “quarterback whisperer’’ he was sold as when he arrived.
Before Gase, Todd Bowles never excited you, either. Whether it was his on-field coaching or his bland personality displayed in those press conferences he treated like dental appointments, he never seemed like the right man for the job here.
Bowles never presented himself as a leader of men, and the team’s poor results reflected his locker-room enabling, allowed some of the inmates to run the asylum (see Muhammad Wilkerson as Exhibit A).
Saleh seems different than the last two Jets head coaches. He’s a 41-year-old bundle of energy and intensity, a coach whose sideline demeanor screams out that his players will run through brick walls for him.
Saleh, a Vin Diesel doppelganger, has a perfectly blue-collar NFL history, having grinded his way from the bottom of the league’s coaching barrel, from low-level quality control coach making a few shekels more than minimum wage to position coach to decorated defensive coordinator for the 49ers the past four seasons.