If the head coaching cycle this offseason was a competition—which it was to a certain extent—the Jets came out on top.
New York reeled in one of the most highly-sought after candidates on the market, convincing Robert Saleh that the Jets can turn this franchise around with the right individual in charge.
Now, the Jets move forward with a tremendous leader taking over and a coaching staff full of rising stars, all working collaboratively with general manager Joe Douglas and the team's ownership to begin making changes and take steps toward contention.
With all seven head coaching vacancies full, after the Texans hired David Culley, Sports Illustrated's Conor Orr assessed how well each team did with their respective head coach hires.
The Jets received an exceptional evaluation:
I believe Saleh brings all the good energy of the Rex Ryan era without the side effects. Essentially, the green tea version of Ryan. That is the emotional component of it. Yes, Saleh had an excellent defensive roster and a complementary offense in San Francisco, but he also had to wrangle a defense of gigantic personalities. You don’t simply get someone like Richard Sherman on board without having a strong, requisite knowledge of your scheme and where it's headed. His “All Gas, No Brakes” slogan served as the motivational underpinning of the 49ers roster that made the Super Bowl.
The other slice of the A grade is the fact that he managed to peel Mike LaFleur away from Shanahan, who clung tightly to both of his top offensive assistants. Introducing that system to Sam Darnold, or utilizing it to lure Deshaun Watson out of Houston, is a massive part of this equation."
The only other team that earned a grade close to the Jets was the Chargers. Los Angeles was given an A- for hiring former Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
For the rest of Orr's grades, click here.
MORE ON ROBERT SALEH:
- How Robert Saleh Has Already Made the Jets a Top Destination For Free Agents
- Robert Saleh Reveals What Surprised Him the Most During His Interviews With the Jets
- 'All Gas, No Brake': How Robert Saleh Plans to Lead the Jets Back to Championship Contention