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After four years with the San Francisco 49ers, Robert Saleh is off to East Rutherford, to take the helm of a flailing New York Jets franchise which, for once, has an optimistic outlook thanks to copious cap space, the second overall pick, a revered general manager in Joe Douglas, and now Saleh.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch released statements on Saturday following Saleh’s hire.
“There is not much I haven’t already said about Robert’s abilities as a coach and as a leader. As a friend, I respect him greatly and could not be happier for him, Sanaa and their family. Robert helped to build a successful environment that has developed both players and coaches, and we are thankful for everything he brought to the 49ers these last four years. We wish him all the best.”
“Robert is a great coach and an even better person. He’s a gifted leader who has earned the opportunity to direct a team in this League. His contributions to the 49ers over the last four years have helped us establish a culture and a standard that will continue to serve us well. We wish Robert, Sanaa and their entire family the best, and look forward to watching his future accomplishments.”