EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Jets coach Robert Saleh acquired a public vote of confidence from his boss and an enormous save from his kicker simply hours later.
Regardless of three consecutive dropping seasons as a tandem, Saleh and common supervisor Joe Douglas will return for the 2024 season, proprietor Woody Johnson informed the New York Publish on Sunday. Basically, Johnson is giving them a Mulligan for Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending Achilles damage in Week 1.
Saleh was not considered in critical hazard of dropping his job, however Johnson’s assertion removes all doubt because the Jets – 30-28 winners over the Washington Commanders at MetLife Stadium – full their thirteenth consecutive season out of the play-offs .
“Clearly I can sit right here and provide you with the reason why I feel I am the fitting coach,” Saleh mentioned, including that he’ll use the offseason to consider methods he can enhance himself and the staff . He mentioned the aim is to “be sure we assault it in a approach that strikes us towards the aim all of us consider we are able to obtain, which is a championship.”
Johnson’s pregame endorsement was practically undermined by an epic collapse. The Jets blew a 27–7 halftime lead, fell behind by a degree with 4:52 to play and wanted a 54-yard subject aim from Greg Zuerlein with 5 seconds left to earn a traumatic victory.
When Saleh and Douglas consider the roster, they might wish to re-sign the 35-year-old Zuerlein, who has made 30 of 31 subject objectives. In a season of inconsistency and turmoil for the Jets (6-9), particularly at quarterback, he’s their most dependable participant.
“It was virtually like there was no probability he was going to overlook that ball,” Saleh mentioned of Zuerlein’s winner.
Because of Zuerlein, Saleh (17-32) averted an embarrassing defeat. His gamers accepted Johnson’s announcement, saying they by no means thought their coach’s standing was up within the air.
“Man, I did not even know that was information,” mentioned huge receiver Garrett Wilson, who caught 9 passes for 76 yards. “We really feel like we’re shut. We’ve got to determine it out so far as our sport goes, however yeah, that was by no means a doubt. We’ll be right here subsequent yr and we’ll be able to rock.”
Linebacker and captain CJ Mosley mentioned of Saleh: “His message would not change. I consider in him. The veterans on this staff consider in him.”
Johnson’s vote of confidence got here 5 days after Rodgers, who wields vital affect throughout the group, gave robust messages of assist to Douglas, Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett throughout his weekly look on “The Pat McAfee Present.” Saleh knew Johnson’s intentions earlier than Rodgers’ feedback, the supply mentioned.
“My resolution is to maintain them,” Johnson informed the New York Publish, referring particularly to Saleh and Douglas. “I feel we have made some very constructive strikes. The tradition of the staff is quite a bit higher. The protection is best. The offense wants some items.”
Johnson mentioned he desires to “preserve continuity with Aaron and the staff that we’ve. Like I mentioned a yr in the past, we’d like a quarterback. We had a quarterback for 4 performs. We have not been ready to do this since.” .” substitute him. When we’ve an excellent quarterback, it makes everybody’s job simpler. It makes the road higher, the receivers higher.”
Given Rodgers’ robust public assist for Douglas and Saleh, it could have been troublesome for Johnson to make sweeping adjustments on the high of the group. The 40-year-old Rodgers mentioned he desires to play at the very least two extra seasons, placing possession within the place of getting to maintain the quarterback completely satisfied.
On the similar time, Johnson has proven understanding and assist behind the scenes, sources mentioned. He is not proud of the outcomes, they mentioned, however he is by no means given any indication that jobs are at stake. The Jets noticed themselves as Tremendous Bowl contenders earlier than the Rodgers damage. With a wholesome Rodgers in 2024, they anticipate to be in the identical place.
The dearth of a dependable backup contributed to the staff’s demise. The Jets have began 4 totally different quarterbacks and turned to Trevor Siemian on Sunday as a result of Zach Wilson was within the concussion protocol. Siemian was up and down, finishing 27 of 49 passes for 217 yards, 1 landing and 1 interception.
Siemian leaned closely on working again Breece Corridor, who was focused 16 occasions and completed with a career-high 12 catches for 96 yards. He completed with 191 yards from scrimmage.
“Clearly a whole lot of issues have occurred to us this yr,” Tyler Conklin mentioned. “It is not an excuse to lose, however I prefer to suppose from a cultural standpoint – in the best way we do issues – to be collectively for one more yr, that is our greatest probability subsequent yr to get to the play-offs and do what we’d like. To do.”