Robert Saleh makes promise to Jets fans as hire becomes official: 'There are no shortcuts to success'

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The Jets made the hiring of new head coach Robert Saleh official, as the team sent out a press release on Tuesday.

Coach Saleh also looks good in his new threads...

The Jets went through a very thorough process in finding the right head coach for the Jets moving forward, and CEO Christopher Johnson said in the release that Saleh was the clear fit for the franchise.

"After a thorough process and meeting with a number of talented coaches, it was clear to us that Robert was the right person to help us move forward," Johnson said. "He is a collaborative leader with proven success in the NFL. In addition to his work as a coach on this level, his passion and knowledge of the game along with his vision for establishing an identity for this team sold me. It was also clear that he will partner with Joe (Douglas) to help foster and develop the winning culture we are striving to establish. For us as a group, we were impressed with the way he commanded the space and his ability to communicate his vision throughout the process."

Douglas, who was the leader of the search, felt the same way with Saleh. The key word was leader in his response to the signing as well.

"We spoke to some tremendous coaches, but Rob is the right partner and leader for us," Douglas said. "His vision for this team aligns with what we have been working to establish here the last two years."

That vision is developing a culture that the Jets can call their own and be proud of. And Saleh knows the expectation is to not only win games, but continue to develop a strong, tight-knit locker room that sets a tone for years to come.

"There are no shortcuts to success, and I am committed to working with Joe to build this team the right way: with talented players that play fast and smart, and a staff that supports and helps develop them through it all," Saleh said.

Now that Saleh is in place, he and Douglas can start discussing the current roster (if they haven't already started) and determine what needs to be done. The quarterback situation with Sam Darnold is among the highest priorities, while the team also has ample cap room to work with.

It's a great situation that Saleh finds himself in, and he obviously wants to start off his first head coaching gig on the right foot.

He will do so with Jets fans in mind, too.

"To Jets Fans, your passion and commitment are priceless. I understand your expectations and embrace them. We have a lot of work to do and can't do it without your support," he said.