Robert Saleh Admits Mistakes With Jets DJ Reed Jr: ‘Shame On Me’

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New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh talks to each other before an NFL game.

Naturally, most people don’t like to admit when they’re wrong.

That’s especially true for people in positions of power, like the NFL’s head coach.

This week, however, New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh failed to acknowledge a big mistake and why it helped him learn a valuable lesson.

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Saleh appeared on The Official Jets Podcast with host Eric Allen while he attended NFL owners meetings.

When the topic of former Seattle Seahawks jet DJ Reed Jr came up on the show, Saleh was ready to admit fault about his past:

“You are grateful to the DJ and shame on me that as I was defensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, we treat him like a nickel safe. We tried to pin him there and said he couldn’t play outside, Reed was too small. Because of COVID and roster restrictions, he got injured so we had to cut him off and we hope to be able to keep him for the year, and [other teams with their restrictions wouldn’t be able to grab him]. In recognition of Seattle’s credit, they proclaimed him, buried him, and waited until he was well and for the next 1.5 years he completely dominated the outside. He’s proven Seattle right and I’m wrong, and I’m not afraid to admit it.”

NFL teams will often try to be cute with their roster flexibility and snag the quits, hoping no one notices, so they can keep his rights and maximize size of the squad. Unfortunately, this was one of the games that Saleh and the 49ers lost.

With the Seahawks, Reed played 24 games and showed that he belongs in the major leagues:

  • 17 deflected passes
  • 140 combined tackles
  • Four interceptions

Two years later, Saleh was able to make up for his mistake by attracting Reed to the Jets in freelance agency.

“I’m so proud of him and it’s proof of who he is and his way of thinking,” Saleh said. “If you say he can’t do something, he’ll prove you wrong. So be very careful about the challenges you give him because he will prove you wrong. I cannot say enough great things about him.”

The 25-year-old was able to sign a very good three-year deal for $33 million with $10.5 million of that guaranteed when he signed a free agent deal in 2022.

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Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different answers about how big of a demand there is for the Jets this season.

The conversation seemed to take a different turn when the Jets invested more than $33 million in Reed to be at the top of their list.

With him now on the list, it makes sense for green and white to launch Week 1 with the current depth chart:

On the other hand, you can also make a very strong argument that the Jets should invest a premium resource in the location to give them a true #1 corner.

Even if you really appreciate the Reed’s potential, adding another angle will simply increase the overall depth of the device and provide some cushion in case an injury occurs. By outlining another talent angle, every other defensive defender on the list will only slide down one pin.

As we get closer and closer to the 2022 NFL draft, it will be a fascinating social media debate to try to figure out which direction the Jets will go.

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