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Saleh, Jets wrap up second interview without agreement

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The New York Jets on Wednesday announced the completion of their second interview with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

Saleh left without a deal in place to become the Jets’ next head coach.

He is now scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles to interview for their head coach opening, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Saleh remains a candidate for six of the seven NFL head-coaching openings. The Houston Texans are the only team with a head-coaching vacancy to not request an interview with Saleh.

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Saleh’s first interview came on Jan. 4 with the Atlanta Falcons. A league source indicated to NBC Sports Bay Area that the Falcons could be closing in on hiring Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

Saleh initially interviewed with the Jets virtually on Jan. 8.

With his travels to the New Jersey to meet with Jets ownership and management, Saleh was considered the early front-runner for the position. Saleh is the only person with whom the Jets have met for the job in-person.

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The Jets held initial interviews with other eight candidates: Smith, Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, former Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis, Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and New Orleans secondary coach Aaron Glenn.


Saleh, 41, has 16 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including the past four seasons as defensive coordinator on Kyle Shanahan's staff with the 49ers.