Author Conor Orr of Sports activities Illustrated graded all of the NFL’s head-coaching hires and gave the Jets an “A” for touchdown Robert Saleh.
“I’ve mentioned this earlier than, however I consider Saleh brings all the nice power of the Rex Ryan period with out the unwanted side effects,” Orr wrote. “Primarily, the inexperienced tea model of Ryan. That’s the emotional part of it. Sure, Saleh had a wonderful defensive roster and a complementary offense in San Francisco, however he additionally needed to wrangle a protection of gigantic personalities. You do not merely get somebody like Richard Sherman on board with out having a robust, requisite data of your scheme and the place it is headed. His ‘All Gasoline, No Brakes’ slogan served because the motivational underpinning of the 49ers roster that made the Tremendous Bowl.
“The opposite slice of the A grade is the truth that he managed to peel Mike LaFleur away from [HC Kyle] Shanahan, who clung tightly to each of his prime offensive assistants. Introducing that system to Sam Darnold is an enormous a part of this equation.”
Saleh, who turned the Jets’ 20thhead coach, led the 49ers’ protection for the previous 4 seasons. Within the 2020 season, San Francisco had a top-10 unit in complete yards (No. 5), rush yards (No. 7) and move yards (No. 4) regardless of a variety of accidents, corresponding to these sustained by DE Nick Bosa and Sherman. Saleh was named Coordinator of the 12 months by The Sporting Informationfollowing the 2019 season when the 49ers represented the NFC in Tremendous Bowl LIV.
LaFleur spent the previous three seasons because the 49ers’ passing-game coordinator and has been with Shanahan since 2014, when LaFleur first entered the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Browns. San Francisco had 13 gamers with at the very least one landing reception in 2019, which tied an NFL report. In Atlanta in 2016, LaFleur labored with the extensive receivers when Julio Jones completed second within the NFL with 1,409 receiving yards. LaFleur, 31, is the youthful brother of Packers’ HC Matt LaFeur and can implement the Shanahan system that makes use of loads of pre-snap movement. Saleh mentioned “no one on the earth is aware of it higher than [LaFleur]” and the scheme has helped QBs corresponding to Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan, Ryan Tanehill, Aaron Rodgers and Jake Plummer put up profession numbers.