Robert Saleh opens up on 'weird experience' of watching Jets game from hotel

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  • New York Jets
    New York Jets
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  • Robert Saleh
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The Jets earned their fourth win of the season on Sunday over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Robert Saleh wasn't there to celebrate it.

Saleh tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and was not able to clear protocols to return to the sidelines for the game.

Instead, he had to watch the game from his hotel room. He wasn't able to see his family for Christmas, either.

“It was frustrating. Just obviously not being there, seemed like an awesome game, the guys played their absolute butts off," Saleh told reporters via Zoom on Monday. "At the same time, it was awesome to see the ending. It was a weird experience, but at the end of the day, it was a cool experience because we won.”

Tight ends coach Ron Middleton served as head coach in the victory, and Saleh spoke highly of Middleton in his absence, joking that he questioned the trick plays.

“I thought he did a great job," he said. "I heard he did a wonderful job at halftime. Thought he did a great job of upholding the game plan with being aggressive and wanting to take our shots. Loved the fake field goal, loved all of it. Obviously, a couple of them didn’t work. Like I told him after the game, I said ‘hey if it works, you’re good. If it doesn’t work, I’m gonna question you.’ But I thought he did a great job.”

Saleh added that he feels "great" and he should be able to return to the team within the next couple of days.