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Jets hire Saleh as head coach

The New York Jets are set to hire San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach. Bills OC Brian Daboll had been in the running.
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FILE - San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is shown during an NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals, in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo. The search for a new coach continues for the New York Jets after they completed an in-person interview with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, without apparently reaching a deal.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Jets reached an agreement in principle with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to hire him as their head coach. Saleh replaces Adam Gase who was fired on Jan. 3 after going 9-23 in two seasons. The 41-year-old Saleh emerged as a favorite for the Jets job when he was brought in for a second and this time in-person interview Tuesday night. Those discussions extended into Wednesday. Saleh is recognized as an energetic leader who is well liked by his players and had been the 49ers’ defensive coordinator under Kyle Shanahan since 2017.

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had interviewed for the job and was considered a top candidate.  He has become a hot coaching option given his success in developing quarterback Josh Allen and leading Buffalo's highly successful offensive attack.

Daboll is still considered a top candidate to replace Anthony Lynn as head coach of the Chargers.  The Philadelphia Eagles are also reportedly interested in Daboll as a potential replacement for Doug Pederson who they fired earlier in the week.