Saleh sets the record straight

On Tuesday, Jets coach Robert Saleh was asked about the blockbuster story last week that the Jets were looking to replace Nathaniel Hackett as their offensive coordinator, a story that went viral.

Here is the exchange between Saleh and a reporter at One Jets Drive in Florham Park:

Q: Robert, there was a report that you guys legitimately tried to hire someone who would replace Nathaniel Hackett. What was the thinking there?

Saleh: I addressed all that stuff at the owner’s meeting, so I’m not going to rehash it.

Q: This was a report last week.

Saleh: It was rehashed from the owner’s meeting.

Here is what Saleh was referring to. It was the following exchange on March 25th at the NFL Owner’s Meeting in Orlando at a media breakfast:

Q: There was a report that you guys were looking to add a senior advisor to your offensive staff. Is that something you are still looking to do?

Saleh: No, we have our staff. I always had three guys in that room. God rest his soul- “Knapper” (Greg Knapp) was with (Rob) Calabrese and (Mike) LaFleur, and then we had (Matt) Cavanaugh. Last year we had (Todd) Downing with [Nathaniel Hackett] and Calabrese. You always looking to add that third piece. I felt Downing and Hackett would be enough.

So some might be surprised that led to this:

“The Jets made legitimate attempts this offseason to hire someone who would, essentially, replace Hackett.”


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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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