Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that while Michigan State requested an interview with 49ers DC Robert Saleh for their head-coaching job, he declined the opportunity and plans to remain in San Francisco.
Saleh had come up as a speculative option for Michigan State, given that he got his start in coach at the university as a defensive assistant.
Saleh interviewed for the Browns’ head-coaching job last month and was a finalist for the position before they agreed to hire Kevin Stefanski.
Ian Rapoport mentions that Saleh should be among the top head-coaching candidates in the NFL next year.
Saleh, 40, began his NFL coaching career with the Texans in 2005 as a defensive intern. He eventually worked his way up to assistant linebackers coach before he took over as the Seahawks defensive quality control coach in 2011.
The Jaguars later hired Saleh as their linebackers coach where he remained for three seasons. The 49ers hired him as their defensive coordinator in 2017.
In 2019, the 49ers’ defense ranked No. 2 best in yards allowed, No. 8 in points allowed, No. 17 in rushing yards, and No. 1 in passing yards allowed.