Robert Saleh believes in the Jets’ plan despite their dismal record

Robert Saleh wants the Jets’ understandably frustrated fans to have more patience and believes they have a reason to be grateful.

Although the Jets are heading for an 11th season in a row without a playoff spot, Saleh said it is not the same old Jets because of those in charge.

Saleh is convinced that the vision and plan he and General Manager Joe Douglas have laid out will lead to success that is genuine and spectacular. . . in time.

“I respect the urgency of the fans and the desire to turn this thing around,” Saleh said. “But in fairness, this is the first time this fanbase is actually experiencing something like this. Usually, it’s been a quick fix followed by a fight. This is an actual plan.

“I feel like Joe is doing a phenomenal job, a really, really concise plan for how to build from scratch. There are a lot of exciting pieces on this team that are hidden in these losses.”

The Jets are 2-8, a draw with the Jaguars and Texans for the second-worst record in the NFL. The Jets face Houston on Sunday in Zach Wilson’s return after missing four games with a knee injury.

The Jets currently have the No. 2 pick in the draft as well as the No. 6 they acquired from Seattle to Jamal Adams. They are able to add quality pieces that should help this particular rebuild.

For Jets fans, it probably sounds like a broken record.

It did not take Saleh long to learn how sick and tired his team’s fans are of losing.

“I was joking with someone that a year in New York is like dog year,” the first-year head coach said. “There is euphoria or disaster; there is no one in between.”

Fans hoped that Saleh’s appointment after two terrible seasons under Adam Gase would yield immediate results. But the Jets have been surpassed by 142 points – the most in the league – putting Saleh, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich directly in the crosshairs.

“We embrace the expectation,” Saleh said. “We’re trying to teach this young group and these young men how to win these games. It’s about the process and trying to find ways to get better and get those scars – I call them scars in the form of game day experiences – but it will be reversed. ”

Saleh mentioned renovations he has undergone in Houston, Seattle, Jacksonville and San Francisco, and said they all started the same way. He was the assistant coach on a Super Bowl-winning team with Seattle and reached another title fight as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator.

“One thing in this league you have to have patience,” said right tackle Morgan Moses. “Rome was not built in one day, and this thing will not turn in one day.”

The Jets’ plan is to build through the draft and have the flexibility to procure influential players through free agency and trade without over-consumption.

They want a list mixed with young and young veterans, while the coaches teach and emphasize the basics, technique and mastery of the systems on both sides of the ball.

“There are so many promising pieces on this football team,” Saleh said. “In Joe’s honor, he knows exactly where we’re going. We know exactly what we need to teach, and the players know exactly what we need to get better at.”

Douglas is the Jets’ fourth general manager and Saleh is their fourth coach since their last playoff appearance.

John Idzik replaced Mike Tannenbaum as general manager, and the Idzik era was a disaster. Mike Maccagnan brought in veterans, which overconsumed too many, and drafted poorly. Todd Bowles, who replaced Rex Ryan, won 10-6 in his first season and then won 14 games in his last three.

The clock is ticking on third-year GM Douglas.

His first draft class last year has given him some criticism. This draft class, which Saleh called “fantastic,” looks good so far. Ultimately, it will be judged on what Wilson becomes.

“This team is moving in the right direction,” Saleh said. “I’m really excited about the flip it’s going to get. And I think the Jets fans, for this, will be very happy.”


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