With NFL Black Monday behind us, we now present some good news regarding head coach Robert Saleh and the NY Jets.
The Jets coaching staff was chosen as one of two staffs to work at the 73rd Reese's Senior Bowl in February of this year, giving New York a huge scouting advantage for the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions' coaching staff was also picked, which means Dan Campbell will join Robert Saleh in Alabama to coach the nation's top college prospects.
As opposed to previous years when the head coaches would serve as, well, the head coaches, for the teams, the Jets' and Lions' staffs will instead promote assistants into leadership roles for the week of the game.
Last year, a record 106 players from the Senior Bowl were selected in the draft. It's no secret that the Senior Bowl gives NFL coaches one of the most exclusive scouting exhibitions of the year, and Saleh and the Jets are rightfully relishing this opportunity.
This will be the first time a Jets staff has coached at a Senior Bowl since 1979.
That draft year, New York selected key members of what would be known as the "New York Sack Exchange" in defensive linemen Marty Lyons and Mark Gastineau, both of whom played in the Senior Bowl.
NY Jets picked as 2022 Senior Bowl coaching staff for the first time in over 40 years
Lyons and Gastineau went on to enjoy legendary careers with the organization, and the Jets hope to hit the lottery again in 2022.
Beyond the pre-draft benefits that the Senior Bowl provides, the event also carries a special history with Robert Saleh.
The last time Saleh coached at a Senior Bowl was 2019 when he was part of the San Francisco 49ers' coaching staff. San Francisco went 13-3 next season and scored a trip to the Super Bowl, not to mention the team picked up 2019 second-rounder Deebo Samuel after scouting him in the Senior Bowl.
For all the superstitious folks out there, Saleh coaching the 2022 Senior Bowl may portend some surprising successes for the Jets next season.
Heading into 2022 NFL Draft, the Jets own two top-10 picks and four picks in the top-38. The Senior Bowl will allow New York's coaches to vet prospects and make additional evaluations before committing to players who could change the face of the franchise forever.
That sounds a little dramatic, but the Jets may not get this chance again for a long time. Better make the best of it.