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NY Jets O-lineman reveals how Robert Saleh changed Jets’ culture

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George Fant compares New York Jets HC Robert Saleh to Pete Carroll

Partnering with the Year Up Foundation – a non-profit job training program that is tuition-free and offers access to today’s best companies and a proven path to career success – New York Jets offensive tackle George Fant joined Jets X-Factor’s Cool Your Jets podcast on Tuesday.

Fant spoke at length about head coach Robert Saleh, quarterback Mike White, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, and much more.

Regarding Saleh, Fant revealed how the Jets’ head coach came in and immediately started changing the culture. Fant says Saleh started talking about building a better culture as soon as he came in.

“I would just kind of say I think that was just him talking about the culture in general,” Fant said when asked if there was anything Saleh did right off the bat in an effort to change the culture.

The former Seahawks offensive tackle compared Saleh to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll.

“I had the opportunity to play out in Seattle with Pete Carroll, and that’s probably one of the better cultures in the NFL, and I also knew that coach Saleh had the opportunity to coach in Seattle with coach Carroll. So, for him to come here and kind of talk about some of those key things that we talked about in Seattle and bringing those things here in New York, I kind of knew right away what was coming.”

Fant added that Saleh’s effort to bring the right players into the locker room was another key part of altering the culture.

“I think him going to get some free agents who believe in building a strong culture, who also came from strong cultures as well, was one of the key reasons why we’re here now, looking at the playoffs.”

Fant is playing well for the Jets at right tackle since returning from an eight-game absence due to a knee injury. He has allowed only 4 pressures over 93 pass-blocking snaps, a pressure rate of 4.3% that is below the league average for tackles (5.5%). Fant is yet to allow a sack since returning.

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1 year ago

Good interview, I watched this on YT. Players are so much more likeable when we get a chance to see and hear them in a real interview (rather than a 5 sec q&a sound byte with cliche responses).