Robert Saleh: Joe Flacco’s “steadying experience” made him choice to start
On Monday, Jets head coach Robert Saleh said that quarterback Mike White “deserves better” than to be “anointed the next coming” after his starting debut by the same people who wanted him thrown away after throwing four interceptions in last Sunday’s loss to the Bills. While Saleh might feel that way, he didn’t feel White [more]While Saleh might feel that way, he didn’t feel White deserved another chance to start for the Jets. Saleh confirmed at his Wednesday press conference that Joe Flacco will get the start against the Dolphins this weekend while Zach Wilson continues to recover from his knee injury.
It’s the first year that Robert Saleh is the head coach of the Jets, but the team is in a familiar position after 10 games.
At 2-8, the Jets are on track to miss the playoffs for the 11th straight year and finish with a losing record for the sixth straight year. Given that history, patience from the team’s fans for signs of progress is short but head coach Robert Saleh still asked for it at a Monday press conference.
Saleh said that he and General Manager Joe Douglas are aligned on “a really, really concise plan on how to build from the ground up” and that he feels that’s a departure from past Jets teams that tried to flip things around overnight.
Robert Saleh: Jets need Zach Wilson to get back to “full health and confidence”
When Jets quarterback Zach Wilson hurt his knee, it was described as a two-to-four-week injury. Sunday will be four weeks since Wilson suffered that injury, but he’s not back on the field yet, with Joe Flacco set to start against the Dolphins. That doesn’t necessarily mean Wilson’s knee has taken longer than expected to heal, [more]That doesn’t necessarily mean Wilson’s knee has taken longer than expected to heal, but it does mean that the Jets aren’t going to put him on the field until he’s fully confident that he can play without putting his knee in further jeopardy.
“I respect the heck out of the urgency from the fans and the wanting to flip this thing, but in fairness, this is the first time this fan base is actually experiencing something like this,” Saleh said. “Usually it’s been a quick fix, followed by a scramble. This is an actual plan.”
Saleh cited the Cardinals going from having the first overall pick in 2019 to their current spot atop the NFC playoff picture as an example of how a plan can pay off. Signs of growth over the final seven games will make those kinds of comparisons an easier sell for a team that has spent years buried in the basement of the AFC East.
Robert Saleh: Jets usually try quick fixes, this is an actual plan originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Jets' Robert Saleh says he feels 'awful' about how viral story painted Brian Kelly .
College football has seen plenty of messy coaching exits, but few can match what Brian Kelly hath wrought in his move from Notre Dame to LSU. Kelly reportedly allowed news to break of his decision to leave one of the biggest programs in the sport without informing any of his assistant coaches, many of whom were on the recruiting trail. Including one that goes all the way back to when he was head coach at Central Michigan. The story came from aKelly reportedly allowed news to break of his decision to leave one of the biggest programs in the sport without informing any of his assistant coaches, many of whom were on the recruiting trail. Then he sent out a group text to his stunned players confirming the news, followed by a 7 a.m.