Jets motivated by Robert Saleh comment ‘taking receipts’


First-year Giants head coach Brian Daboll won over his locker room and the team’s frustrated fanbase on Sunday when he boldly went for a two-point conversion in the final seconds, grabbing the jugular of the Giants. Titans and the victory of his new team.

Even though that conversion failed, Daboll – perhaps unwittingly – produced a powerful and galvanizing moment in his dressing room.

Only time will tell, but it’s possible that Jets head coach Robert Saleh himself produced a galvanizing moment on Monday when he passionately supported his players the day after their 24-9 loss to the Ravens, saying he was “taking receipts” from team critics who believe they are the fearsome same old Jets.

Saleh players listened and loved every sentence.

At Wednesday morning’s team meeting, the first day players and coaches have gathered since Saleh’s public passion play, the Jets coach addressed his “receipt-taking” comments, saying several players told the Post.

It would be a gross understatement to say that Saleh’s words and where they came from (the heart) were well received by his players.

“That really got us going,” Jets chief safety officer Will Parks told The Post after practice Wednesday. “I felt it was necessary. Wake up guys. You either go play or you don’t.

Robert Saleh's Comments After Gang Green Week 1 Loss Saying He Was "take receipts" when it comes to critics who say it's the same old Jets that got players going, including Michael Carter (top right) and Sheldon Rankins.
Robert Saleh’s comments after the Week 1 loss to Gang Green saying he was ‘taking receipts’ regarding critics who say it was the same old Jets who motivated players, including Michael Carter (top right ) and Sheldon Rankins.
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Parks said he was unaware of Saleh’s comments until the head coach brought it up during Wednesday’s team meeting.

“We were all there laughing and saying we would say the same thing,” Parks said. “For a coach to talk about taking those receipts was like a player. I take the receipts too. It was perfect. Everyone understands exactly what he meant. We want respect. Obviously we know that we have to win to get it. But we’re a group that’s going to do it, that’s going to change the whole organization.”

Running back Michael Carter, who became a locker room heartbeat, told the Post that Saleh’s comments “meant a lot coming from the leader, it really did.” From the players’ point of view, we want to do everything we can to have his back like he has ours.

This feeling was a common theme among players.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who came to the Jets from a successful organization in New Orleans and knows what victory is supposed to look like, loved what he heard from Saleh and said it should inspire players to support him as he supports his players.

“He protects us,” Rankins said. “When you have a leader of men like him where you can really see that he cares – not just about winning but about the men in that locker room – it makes you want to go the extra mile for him, that extra walk.

“It always starts at the top, so when your leader has that type of passion and that type of determination and fire, it definitely trickles down to the rest of the team.”

Saleh joked that reporters “caught me in a passionate moment defending the locker room” on Monday.

Then it doubled on Wednesday.

“It’s not the same old Jets, but until we win, until we prove it – which is up to us as coaches and up to us as players – the shots will keep going. ‘happen,’ he said.

“Look, everyone for a man understands the reputation of the Jets,” Rankins said. “This place lost for a while. Once we get started and get a few wins, it will ease some minds and thoughts. We’re going to spin this thing. I am extremely confident that we can do it.

“I come from a place, New Orleans, where from the moment I walked in, there was talent everywhere. I’ve seen what accumulation of talent combined with great coaching and a great leader can do, and I see it here. We have seen glimpses of it. We are on the right track to do so. I know everyone is impatient.

The impatience is understood from a Jets fanbase that hasn’t enjoyed a playoff series in 11 long years.

Saleh understands that and Wednesday did what he could to post an addendum to the comments he made on Monday.

“That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the passion and the history of this organization in terms of what’s happened, especially in the last 11 years,” Saleh said. “Everyone in this organization recognizes and respects the past. But this group is responsible for the future. And while we resent the organization’s past, we know it’s also our job to heal those wounds.

There, of course, there is a lot of healing to be done. Perhaps these passionate words from Saleh are speeding up this healing process.

New York Post

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