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Robert Saleh gets second interview with New York Jets; are Detroit Lions out on 49ers DC?

January 12th, 2021

Robert Saleh, long considered the fan favorite to be the next Detroit Lions coach, is off to New York on Tuesday for a second interview with the Jets, and chances appear to be fading that he will be take over his hometown team.

Saleh, a Dearborn native, interviewed with the Lions and four other teams last week: The Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Chargers.

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He had a strong enough interview with the Jets that he is now considered one of the front runners for that job, while the Lions have yet to show any inclination they will ask him back for a second interview.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Sept. 13, 2020, talks to players on the sideline in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Lions are expected to interview their sixth and seventh head coaching candidates this week, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and also have privately expressed interest in at least one sitting college head coach.

Interim head coach Darrell Bevell, ex-Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell have officially interviewed for the job.

Bevell is considered a legitimate candidate, and has ties to two potential GM hires, Indianapolis Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds and Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton.

Lewis has told people he had a good interview with the Lions, and a report out of Dallas on Tuesday indicated some in the Lions’ building favor Campbell, a former NFL tight end who played for the Lions and Dallas Cowboys during his career.

Campbell also has direct ties to two GM candidates, Saints assistant GMs Terry Fontenot and Jeff Ireland, though Fontenot is considered a front-runner for the Atlanta Falcons GM job.

Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell watches during warm ups before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell watches during warm ups before an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The Lions are expected to bring one or two top candidates to Detroit for in-person interviews for both their head coach and GM jobs. Already, they have met in person with Paton, though Paton is reportedly heading to Denver for a second interview with the Broncos on Tuesday.

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The Lions have announced interviews with 11 GM candidates so far, with Dodds expected to become the 12th to meet with the team on Tuesday. Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert.also remains on the Lions’ radar, should he want to leave Pittsburgh.

As for Saleh, he remains in-demand after helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl last season and following that up with a top-seven finish in total, rushing and passing defense despite significant injury woes this year.

ESPN reported that the Philadelphia Eagles, who fired coach Doug Pederson on Monday, requested an interview with Saleh on Tuesday.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions coaching search: Robert Saleh’s 2nd interview with Jets

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