Jets complete 2nd interview with 49ers’ Saleh without deal

Ruben Hill
January 14, 2021

Saleh could get a chance to prove his worth as a head coach in 2021.

That doesn't mean Saleh won't wind up as the eventual replacement for Adam Gase.

The Eagles fired Pederson on Monday after five seasons, three playoff appearances, two division titles and a Super Bowl win.

Of all the open jobs, the Eagles' opening might be the least attractive. The Philadelphia Eagles have requested to interview Saleh as well, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per a source.

This is Saleh's first in-person interview for a head-coaching job since the end of the season. San Francisco managed to remain competitive on a weekly basis despite playing with plenty of backups, and a large part of the credit is due to Saleh, whose fiery nature makes him a favorite of broadcast cameras.

"The fact that Robert Saleh was the first to fly into [the NY area to meet with the] Jets", Rapoport said, "the fact that, as to my knowledge, they do not have anyone else right now, currently scheduled to fly in for a second interview, that I know of, he has not left the building yet, this all seems like it is headed in the right direction of Robert Saleh being the next head coach".

Meanwhile, Douglas still has the ability to meet with more candidates in person, and it appears he will do that, as Saleh heads to Philadelphia.

The Eagles coaching search is in its early stages, and one of the first candidates is a highly-regarded defensive coordinator.

The Jets have also interviewed Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, New Orleans defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn, and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley - but their teams are still in the playoffs. In 2013, the team hired OR coach Chip Kelly to replace Andy Reid.

Like Saleh, Smith and Brady are hot candidates. The Eagles have already showed interest in the Shanahan coaching tree by bringing in former 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello in as a senior offensive assistant last season.

NY is focused on Robert Saleh, and the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator is considered the frontrunner to land the job, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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