Robert Saleh: Developing talent and getting the most out of lesser players
I do not have any concerns whatsoever on who Robert Saleh might bring in to help with the offensive side of the football. There will be some offensive assistant that follows Saleh to his new team to be a coordinator and implement Kyle Shanahan’s offense elsewhere.
The Chargers’ offense would be just fine and that is why Saleh is one of my favorite possible hires. He is a fantastic defensive coach who has the means to get a really good offensive coordinator to come with him.
My one worry about Saleh is his ability to develop talent and get the most out of non-stars. Saleh has been great in San Francisco but he has also been gifted some of the most talented defensive players in the league.
When those players got hurt, like this season, the defense was not as special. The 49ers ranked 17th in points allowed this season — not the best number for a defensive-minded head coach.
Saleh is a fantastic leader but he has benefitted from coaching some good defensive units in Seattle, Jacksonville and San Francisco. There is a slight concern that he could be similar to Gus Bradley, performing well with great defenders but not being able to get more out of lesser players.