Robert Saleh, New York Jets
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The New York Jets head coach was unexpectedly candid in his presser today

New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh has become a quotable quote.

“All Gas, No Brake” and “Positive Vibes Only” are two of his mantras.

Now, though, the second-year head man has a different quote, one that’s directed at those mocking the Jets for their performance against the Ravens in a 24-9 loss yesterday.

“We’re all taking receipts on all the people who continually mock and say we aren’t going to do anything … and I’ll be more than happy to share them when it’s all said and done,” per Jets X-Factor’s Robby Sabo.

Those are bold words from a head coach who is 4-14 in his tenure and has yet to win a game in September.

However, the ever-positive Saleh found genuine pockets of growth to build on for next week.

Saleh quoted Tony Dungy, who said that 90% of games are lost, not won. He felt that the Jets really could have been explosive yesterday if not for the mistakes, pointing out that the defense did a great job except for two blown coverages that resulted in touchdowns.

Offensively, he said that the team had almost 180 yards in the first half and were moving the ball freely, but drops and fumbles killed drives.

Saleh’s comment about keeping receipts was in a response to a question about how a rebuild comes together, whether it happens slowly or suddenly clicks, specifically regarding mistakes.

He said that you see it on tape and on TV, as the team gets faster and flies all over the field, and he knows it’s going to happen.

The head coach’s confidence has been refreshing in injecting new life and strong team culture into East Rutherford. However, as long as the wins remain elusive, the mockers will not be silenced.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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mlesko73
mlesko73
15 days ago

I have no problem w/ Saleh’s statement and apparent frustration.

What I do have a problem w/ is a number of blogs and sites spinning his comments to be directed at the fans. Trying to create or intensify a rift between the fanbase and Saleh is counter-productive. In my opinion, Saleh gets this year and next to prove himself.

We are clearly at least a year away, roster-wise, from being a playoff team. Assuming Zach progresses when he returns, we need O Line additions and safety help.

Jets71
Jets71
14 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

I think offensively you’re right but it’s not like Zach was playing and that OL has been shuffled for the past month. Believe me I know everybody is tired of hearing it, but just because we are all exhausted with these things happening to the Jets doesn’t mean we can dismiss them. The defense looks a year away, and appears to have the ability to be a good group this season.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
14 days ago
Reply to  mlesko73

Starting an old and slow Flacco set the Jets back before the game even began.
His sophomoric attempts to have the Ravens practice for two QBs by saying Zack Wilson may play then two days later said 4th game at earliest. You fooled the fans not the Ravens.
White must start. Flacco is so done, if he were a horse it would be humane to shoot him. Now he wants to throw another game away by making the same mistake.
We take my check because if Flacco starts I’ll be checking out Sunday!

Jets71
Jets71
14 days ago
Reply to  mlesko73

Thank you for some sanity. He WAS NOT directing any of that towards his fans. I agree, give him some time. How many people who are up in arms about the loss actually picked the Jets to win before the game? Just about everybody I saw picked Baltimore, now that it happened they are upset. PLEASE!

I’m 100% happy he and the team is taking this personally. They ARE CLEARLY better, look at what the defense gave up in rushing yards to Jackson, not to mention total yards. That was the worst defense in the history of the franchise last season.

Jim G
Jim G
15 days ago

Bill Parcells went through a similar situation for the NY Giants in the early ’80s. In 1981, with Parcells are defensive coordinator, the Giants reached the playoffs and won a playoff game against the defending NFC Champs, the Eagles. In ’82 and ’83 (Parcells’s first as head coach) they had losing seasons causing people to remark “same old Giants.” In a one-hour ESPN special, Parcells said “I’m sick of losing with other peoples’ guys, I need my own guys” and “we have too many California guys, I need some Jersey guys.” He set out on a path to acquire Karl Nelson, Brad Benson, Jim Burt, Gary Reasons, Carl Banks and a bunch of players who became cornerstones of the Super Bowl Champs for the ’86 and ’90 seasons.

In ’86 after crushing the 49ers, Redskins and Broncos in the playoffs I suspect he told his critics “look like the same old Giants to you now?” So, I’m willing to bet he was taking receipts and flashing them when appropriate.

I believe Saleh is the right coach to build a Jets team with character and talent. I think he deserves that opportunity and it will take more than 2 seasons to build it. But we should keep in mind that he can only select the final roster from that pool of candidates someone else brings in to “audition” for him. The Jets are not yet at the point where talent wants to come here. The Jets need to string together a few competitive seasons first. But I think he can get us there.

mlesko73
mlesko73
15 days ago
Reply to  Jim G

Mostly agree. I do think that “positive vibes” are not enough. Bill brought accountability, sometimes “severe accountability”. Saleh is at the end of the honeymoon period, the fans and team need results; not necessarily wins, but competitiveness.

mlesko73
mlesko73
15 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

Well said

Jim G
Jim G
15 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

One of my points is that it is too early to panic. As a longtime fan of both the Jets and Giants I have heard the “same old …” phrase often, many times with justification. Building a winning culture is hard but I believe the Jets can do it. At this point I have more faith in Saleh than in Douglas. If Zack works out, Douglas’s stock will rise. If not, then faith in him will be tested.

Peter Buell
Peter Buell
14 days ago
Reply to  Jim G

Saleh has really done nothing here. The trades Douglass made to acquire more draft picks and his last two drafts were lauded by almost all in the game.
I’m sorry, I feel just the opposite

Jets71
Jets71
14 days ago
Reply to  Peter Buell

You can’t see a difference in the culture of this team? I know they played poorly but clearly this is a different group. Making that kind of change in one season after the stench of 10 seasons and Adam Gase is a major accomplishment. Do they need to play better on Sunday and start winning some games? Yes, but it was game 1. I think to say Saleh has done nothing isn’t the case. Also, how about giving the picks some time to prove themselves? Garrett Wilson showed some things Sunday, Johnson made some plays, and Hall flashed even though he had some yips.

I know your frustrated, I feel you, it’s early. I think there are signs of progress.

Jets71
Jets71
13 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

Ok I have no idea how you know Douglas is following Saleh’s request on all personnel decisions. What personnel request has Saleh made that is baffling? The Hall pick wasn’t “highly controversial” by anybody at the time. It’s a bit of a leap to say it shouldn’t have taken 2 third round picks to get AVT. We have no idea what the options were at that point. How can you say the OT pick hasn’t paid off this year? They have played ONE GAME.

Everybody would be saying the same thing if they lost by your predicted score which was about the same point differential. Of all the teams you mentioned the Jets were the only to start a backup QB and I’m sorry Geno Smith had ONE great half and the team scored ZERO second half points. Typical over sensationalizing from ESPNquirer.

Yes, changing the culture isn’t enough anymore but again it’s been ONE game. Did everybody think every game was going to be close this year? Especially with Flacco? Criticism is warranted but how about we not go off the deep end?

Jets71
Jets71
13 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

I can agree the offense was not even close to good, however if they didn’t shoot themselves in the foot it may have been a bit better. I didn’t like the 13 package so early, would have been better as a wrinkle but not a primary attack.

You may not have liked the Hall pick but “controversial” it wasn’t. It’s not like they drafted a guy that could have been drafted later in the draft. Houston may have taken him. Given the questions that still exist about Zach, it wasn’t a terrible move.

The LB’s fit Saleh’s system, yes. They actually looked better than I expected, and since we are making season long judgements off of one game then give Saleh credit for getting the right LB group. They looked good. Did you notice the rushing yards for Baltimore…or lack of?

Did I miss something or did the Jets spend money in free agency on a safety? I think I see one out there they brought in….I mean you can’t say Joe wasn’t going to sign a safety when he actually DID sign one. I think it would have been a mistake to spend so much cap space on the safety position in the same off-season and as I mentioned I’d rather give Zach another player.

I know the value chart etc. but it was “within reason” to sweeten the package a bit for AVT ESPECIALLY considering how atrocious that OL was at the time.

The OT plan has blown up for sure this year. Maybe it was the best they could do?

I feel your frustration, I’m in the same position but I’m saying give it some time. You can’t say you gave it 10 years. This is going to be an up and down year. There will be more duds for sure. There will be some really good games. We can’t keep going off the deep end because we have 10 years frustration built up. That’s part of the reason they are in the position to begin with…

Thanks for your hard work!!!!

Jets71
Jets71
14 days ago
Reply to  Jim G

I have been a longtime fan as well, I think the “same old” phrase just comes out way too soon. I mean how many wins did people predict? 7, 8 maybe 9? That means about 10 losses, they just had one, in a game many expected to be difficult for them. Let’s give it time.

Jets71
Jets71
14 days ago
Reply to  Rivka Boord

For some reason I’m not so worried. I do believe they hold on to a couple of balls, don’t shank a punt, make a kick or two, and the game would have been closer. Those things can be fixed. They clearly have some talent. I know some will say, these are the same problems as last year but this isn’t the same group.

I may be in the minority but I see this team as fighting through some early games but winning some and making a nice late season run. I don’t know if it will be a playoff run but I do think improvement.