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Report: New York Jets to hire Robert Saleh

There will be no reunion.

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It appears there will be no home-town reunion between 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and the Detroit Lions.

As first reported by Josina Anderson, Saleh is expected to take the job with the New York Jets. This has now been confirmed by the team.

Saleh was one of the hottest candidates in this year’s coaching cycle, scoring interviews with just about every single team with a head coaching vacancy, but it appeared the Lions had a leg up in jockeying for Saleh, seeing as he grew up in Dearborn and still had plenty of family in the area.

However, as soon as Saleh interviewed with the Lions, it appeared Detroit’s interest waned in him as their candidate. There were conflicting reports on how well his interview went, and the Lions did not line up for a second interview like other teams did.

For now, it’s not clear who’s the leading candidate for the Lions’ head coaching vacancy. Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview with the team on Friday, and Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith will have his second interview with the team later in the day, as well.

Other candidates that have been interviewed already include former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

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