Former GM doesn’t think Jets coach should have said that

This statement by the head coach created a lot of buzz . . .

“In my opinion, 32 coaches stand in front of their teams every year, talk about winning a championship and then realistically there’s maybe six or eight teams that have an actual chance to do it, and I do think we are one of those teams,” Robert Saleh said last week. “But none of it matters unless we take care of it today.”

This statement surprised former NFL GM Mike Lombardi, now an analyst with VSIN:

“When Saleh made those comments that he’s one of the six or eight teams, I think it was one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard this off-season, considering the franchise he represents has only been in the playoffs 13 times since the Super Bowl in 1968, the franchise he represents hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2010, so it’s not like he’s working in a culture that understands championships,” Lombardi said on VSIN. “He has won two AFC East games in two years. All this could change, but to me, he’s getting himself ahead of his skis.”

What should he say?

“His approach should be, ‘Look, we are trying to come together as a team, trying to incorporate Aaron Rodgers, we’ve got to build on a lot of things. We are nowhere near where we need to be. This is going to be a work in progress.’ That is what you talk about today,” Lombardi said.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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