Robert Saleh is 'dangerously close' to losing the NY Jets locker room

The Jets are on the verge of a breakdown

NY Jets, Robert Saleh
NY Jets, Robert Saleh / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The NY Jets' coaching staff has come under fire in recent weeks, and following yet another blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, Jets head coach Robert Saleh has shouldered the brunt of the blame.

Saleh's Jets were on the receiving end of a 30-0 beatdown at the hands of their division rivals on Sunday — something that has become an all-too-common trend for this organization under Saleh's watch.

In fact, the Jets have incredibly lost more games by 14+ points in the Robert Saleh era than they've won. That's an unbelievable stat — one that paints a vivid picture of the embarrassing feats the Jets have reached with Saleh in charge.

Of course, the mess that has been the 2023 Jets isn't entirely Saleh's fault by any means, but losing by double digits every week takes its toll on players. Saleh could be on the verge of losing the support of the Jets' locker room.

Are the NY Jets players close to turning on Robert Saleh?

SNY's Connor Hughes speculated on Monday that Saleh was "dangerously close" to losing the locker room. As Hughes noted, Jets players have begun to say the quiet parts out loud.

Wide receiver Allen Lazard directly criticized the coaching staff when he insisted the Jets were "out-schemed" on Sunday. His teammate, Garrett Wilson, agreed with the assertion and was seen having a heated discussion with Aaron Rodgers on the sideline during the game.

Cornerback D.J. Reed openly criticized the Jets' energy and effort in Sunday's loss. Others, like Sauce Gardner, were at a loss for words as they did everything in their power to avoid saying the wrong thing.

Meanwhile, former Jets players on social media haven't been shy about their criticism of the coaching staff. Breece Hall's Twitter likes are an alarming example of further issues some Jets players might have with their coaches.

Saleh hasn't lost the locker room yet. The former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator has built up enough goodwill with his players to survive to this point. But losing takes its toll. There's only so much weekly embarrassment these players can take.

The Athletic's Zack Rosenblatt speculated that Saleh's job could be in jeopardy if the Jets lose to the Washington Commanders. He suggested it would be difficult for team owner Woody Johnson to justify running it back with the same regime if the losing continues.

Robert Saleh hasn't lost the support of his players just yet, but the frustration is clearly mounting. If he's not careful, he might just lose the locker room — and ultimately his job.

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