I am totally aware that this post definitely has a stalking-your-ex-on-Facebook vibe to it, but I don’t care, I’m writing it anyway. Dealing with a break up can be hard, and seeing Robert Saleh in that dark green cuts deep.
He didn’t say anything 49ers fans haven’t heard before, and he didn’t go off on some bizarre rant about taking out people’s kneecaps, but Robert Saleh did comport himself as an organized, professional head coach - and let’s be honest, that’s something the Jets haven’t had in far too long.
Far too many members of 49ers fandom don’t appreciate the incredible job that Saleh did while he was here - in both 2019 and 2020. And yes, having talented players to work with certainly helps, but it also doesn’t guarantee success. The defense from two years ago was historically good, and the 2020 version still gave up the fourth-fewest yards of any team in the NFL. Injury ravaged teams with turnover-prone quarterbacks and nothing to play for just don’t do that on their own. That takes motivation, and it takes coaching acumen.
Let’s hope DeMeco Ryans can do the same thing.
You can hear more on Saleh’s departure and the ripple effects on the 49ers in the Stats & Eggs podcast in the player below, and on all major podcast platforms.
Also in today’s episode
-The final coach Saleh took with him to New York
-Why there’s a silver lining to Saleh and Martin Mayhew leaving
-Rich Scangarello rejoins the team as QB coach