The New York Jets are wasting no time in their hunt for the squad's next head coach. The dust has barely settled on the firing of Adam Gase, but already, the Jets have reportedly narrowed down their list of finalists for the job opening.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, none other than San Francisco 49ers DC Robert Saleh has emerged as the frontrunner to land the high-profile post:
As the #Jets narrow their list of head coaching candidates, they are flying in #49ers DC Robert Saleh for a second interview today, per me and @MikeGarafolo. The first known finalist for the NYJ job, and there will be others likely in person, as well.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2021
Saleh, who interviewed with the Jets last week, seems to have left an impression with the New York brass. The team is now reportedly going to fly him in for a second interview, which obviously bodes well for his chances to be named as the Jets' new head coach.
It is worth noting, however, that Saleh appears to be one of the most highly-coveted names in the league today. Reports state that there are a few other squads that have shown interest in the 41-year-old, which includes the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Los Angeles Chargers (h/t Myles Simmons of NBC Sports).
As the report above states, Saleh is not the only candidate the Jets are looking at. He may be in a prime position to land the post at the moment, but this is anything but a done deal at this point. Rumors have also linked newly-axed Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson to New York.
One thing is clear, though — the Jets are serious about making a run next season, and it will all start with their new man at the helm.