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Report: Saleh is first finalist for Jets head-coach job

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Robert Saleh reportedly is a finalist for the New York Jets head-coaching job.

The 49ers’ defensive coordinator is scheduled to fly on Tuesday to meet with the Jets for an in-person interview, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday morning.

Saleh, 41, is the first known finalist for the Jets job, which became open when Adam Gase was fired after two seasons.

Saleh initially interviewed with the Jets virtually on Friday. Jets general manager Joe Douglas is the key figure in the Jets' hiring process.

Saleh also is a candidate for vacant head-coaching jobs with Atlanta, Detroit, Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Saleh has served four seasons as the defensive coordinator under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Saleh’s defense led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last year, but his better coaching job might have come this season.

Despite significant injuries to many key players, including Nick Bosa and Richard Sherman, the 49ers ranked among the top five in the league in yards per game (314.3), passing yards per game (207.9), and third-down (35.5 percent).

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Among the candidates the Jets interviewed during their first round of interviews were Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis and New Orleans defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.

Also, Doug Pederson could be a strong candidate with the Jets after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him on Monday. Douglas worked with Pederson for three seasons with the Eagles.