The morning session of the Jets’ first day of rookie minicamp was ending Friday when the team gathered to hear the head coach speak.
It took a second for Robert Saleh to remember that he was the one everyone was waiting to hear.
“The horn blew for practice to be over and I started to take my normal spot behind the huddle to listen to the head coach speak and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, that’s me,’ ” Saleh recalled with a smile a short time later.
Saleh has been the Jets’ coach for four months, but in some ways Friday was his first true day on the job. He was on the field, coaching the rookies and getting used to being the head coach after serving as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator for the past four years.
“That’s the fun part of it, right?” Saleh said. “To be able to get out there and get on the grass with the guys and start teaching your techniques and fundamentals and scheme and seeing the coaches coach and the players play. That’s always the best part about this whole job.”
The Jets’ rookies spent a few hours on the field Friday with Saleh. Because of COVID-19 protocols from the NFL, the team was divided into two groups. The linemen practiced in the morning and the skill players in the afternoon. New quarterback Zach Wilson was the main attraction, but it was Saleh’s…