Richard Sherman: Robert Saleh ‘Has To Get Detroit Job’

Robert Saleh should be the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, and that’s not really up for debate. At least, not as far as San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman is concerned.

And if anyone is qualified to sing the praises of Saleh, it’s probably Sherman. Saleh has been the defensive coordinator of the 49ers — and Sherman’s direct supervisor — for three years.

The Lions fired coach Matt Patricia after last week’s Thanksgiving Day Massacre of a loss to the Houston Texans.

Saleh is also from Dearborn, MI, so Sherman may be on to something.

“He has to get the Detroit job,” Sherman told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. “Homegrown. He’s a great leader of men. And he’s not stubborn. He doesn’t just think he has all the answers. He comes up with a great plan and evolves it with his players. He’s a great human being. Makes you want to fight for him.”

The Lions could certainly use some fight. Sherman isn’t what he used to be, but there is no doubting his determination. Plus, Saleh manufactured a defense that helped carry the Niners to the Super Bowl last year.

Saleh for Lions coach? Maybe. If not, it won’t be for a lack of hearty endorsements.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. There are a lot of were the defensive coaches out there just as good and just as qualified(or more), so I’m not sure why Sherman thinks he is clearly above the rest.

    Chuck Pagano for the Bears. I would say the Bears have had a pretty good D since he’s been there. Oh yeah he was also a head coach for 6 seasons in Indianapolis.
    Keith Butler in Pittsburgh. I would say the #1 Steelers defense at 11-0 has been pretty solid this year under his leadership.
    Josh Boyer in Miami. Probably the most improved team in the NFL.
    Steve Spagnuolo in KC.
    Dennis Allen in New Orleans. Also experienced as a HC.
    Don Martindale in Baltimore.
    Ken Norton in Seattle.
    Ryan Day at OSU.

    I get throwing your defensive coach out there because you like him, but this way of wording everything as some sort of inescapable moral imperative has got to stop.

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