Robert Saleh could be on his way from the Bay Area to the Big Apple.
The 49ers' defensive coordinator met with the New York Jets on Tuesday for their open head coach position as the first finalist for the job. Those meetings are going into Wednesday, and Saleh just might be the man for the job.
"Those meetings continue this morning," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said Wednesday morning on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football." "Some big meetings, including the owner, Christopher Johnson of the New York Jets. Those things are going to continue this morning. The plan is to potentially bring in other candidates for second interviews. As far as I can tell, no interviews are as of yet scheduled, which means Robert Saleh, if he is not the favorite for the Jets job, he's certainly a favorite."
From @GMFB: The #Jets are still meeting with #49ers DC Robert Saleh this morning, as he’s a favorite in their coaching search, while the #Eagles will interview #Patriots ILBs coach Jerod Mayo for their HC opening. They used to call him Jerod Belichick in NE. pic.twitter.com/lf71HMmmuB
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2021
Saleh has interviewed with a handful of teams, but it's believed the Jets are the only team he has interviewed twice with.
Since joining the 49ers ahead of the 2017 season, Saleh has completely transformed the 49ers' defense. He led the group to the Super Bowl last season, and what he did this season might be even more impressive. Despite losing a handful of stars to injuries, the 49ers still finished fifth in yards allowed per game (314.4), fourth in passing yards allowed per game (207.9) and seventh in rushing yards allowed per game (106.4).
It seems a near guarantee that Saleh will be named a head coach this offseason, and it very well might be with the J-E-T-S Jets.