But Saleh probably didn’t expect a call from former president Donald Trump, but that’s what happened, according to Trump in a story he told while appearing at a rally in North Carolina on Thursday night.
Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina has gotten way off track. He’s now providing a recap of the New York Jets' comeback win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
"I called the coach … I said, 'Coach, you're greater than Vince Lombardi.'" pic.twitter.com/q4oTNuxDaA
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“That was the craziest thing and I called the coach [Robert Saleh] because I think the coach is like a great guy, the general manager too,” said Trump. “I said coach, you are greater than Vince Lombardi because Vince Lombardi never did that. He was never able to pull out a game like that because that was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. The game was done. It was over.”
Saleh began his coaching career in 2002 before rising through the ranks to become defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. Two years later, Saleh signed a five-year contract to become head coach of the New York Jets.
While the win against the Browns helped, Saleh still has a long way to go to catch up to the legendary Lombardi in most other people’s eyes. Saleh’s head coaching record is currently 5-14.
The Jets are next in action Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals.