New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh spoke on his vision for the culture during Thursday’s introductory press conference.
“All gas, no brake.”
There’s a sense of urgency Saleh seemingly wants to introduce to the organization, an organization that’s desperately needed one for quite some time now amid not having reached the postseason since the 2010 campaign.
But despite the emphasis and all-around upbeat vibe Saleh is expected to bring to the table, the defensive-minded individual realizes that patience must additionally be implemented. There are a number of crucial issues in and around this organization, from either side of the football to the quarterback situation, and Saleh understands not everything is going to be fixed overnight, or maybe even in one lone season.
Saleh: "It will take time, but everything we do is designed to win championships in the future."
— Ethan Greenberg (@EGreenbergJets) January 21, 2021
One of the overlying problems that Saleh needs to solve above all else is the winning culture, or should I say, the lack thereof. The Jets’ last winning season came in 2015 when they emerged victorious 10 times, but that mark didn’t even propel them to January football.
The last winning season prior to that was in 2010 — the most recent time the Jets reached the playoffs. Gang Green won 11 games that regular season en route to losing in the AFC Championship Game for the second consecutive year.
Since that campaign’s conclusion, Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles, and Adam Gase have introduced their fair share of coaching-related blunders to the organization, with the latter pair’s tenures becoming shear disasters.
Bowles and Gase didn’t apply that level of excitement that’s expected of Saleh, which became crucial factors in the ultimate demise of either of their stints in Florham Park. It’s a coaching quality that’s more important than you may think — you should want players to become excited, interested, and more intrigued than ever to enter the building each and every day, and a significant level of emphasis portrayed by the coaching staff should lead to that development.
It was the case in San Francisco when Saleh was the 49ers defensive coordinator. That attitude, the “All gas, no breaks” mentality, is now expected to continue in New York and lead to a positive culture shift, and hopefully one that’s long-lasting.