Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh, a favorite to join former head coach Gus Bradley with the Los Angeles Chargers, is now rumored to be going to the San Francisco 49ers as defensive coordinator to join Kyle Shanahan who is rumored to be taking over as head coach once the season ends tonight.
Likely #Chargers LB Robert Saleh coach may be on the move already. He's a target for Kyle Shanahan as DC for #49ers. #Texans connection— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 5, 2017
Saleh, who was with the Jaguars for the duration of Bradley’s tenure from 2013-2016, has experience around the league — spending time with the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks, before landing in Jacksonville.
While the Jaguars defense was disappointing overall, the linebackers were probably the one unit that performed well overall consistently in Saleh’s four years at the helm. Developing Telvin Smith into a Pro Bowl-caliber player and getting the most out of an aging Paul Posluszny looks good on anyone’s resume. If he had just gotten some more time with Myles Jack, this would look even better on paper.
As it stands, it’ll be interesting to see what Saleh does. He has quite a bit of experience as a quality control coach and with linebackers but this would be his first coordinator gig.