Robert Saleh’s ‘receipt-taking’ comment ‘motivated anger from’ Jets – New York Post

Robert Saleh's 'receipt-taking' comment 'motivated anger from' Jets - New York Post

Giants first-year head coach Brian Daboll won over his locker room and the team’s frustrated fan base on Sunday when he bravely went for a two-point conversion in the final secondsgrabbing the titans by the jugular and victory for his new team.

Even though that conversion failed, Daboll – perhaps unknowingly – produced a powerful, galvanizing moment inside his locker room.

Only time will tell, but it’s possible Jets head coach Robert Saleh produced a moment of his own Monday when he passionately backed his players the day after theirs. 24-9 season opening loss to the Ravenssaying he was “taking receipts” of the critics of the team who believe that these are the same old dreaded Jets.

Saleh’s players listened and they loved every sentence.

In Wednesday morning’s team meeting, the first day players and coaches met since Saleh’s public passion game, the Jets coach addressed his “receipt-taking” comments, 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.

“It motivated the worst out of us,” Jets safety Will Parks told The Post after practice on Wednesday. “I felt it was necessary. Wake up children. Either you perform or you don’t.”

Robert Saleh's comments after Gang Green's Week 1 loss saying he was "taking receipts" as for critics who say this is the same old Jets that motivated the players including Michael Carter (above right) and Sheldon Rankins.
Robert Saleh’s comments after Gang Green’s Week 1 loss saying he was “taking receipts” regarding critics who say this is the same old Jets that motivated the players including Michael Carter (top right) and Sheldon Rankins.
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Parks said he was not aware of Saleh’s comments until the head coach addressed it in the team meeting on Wednesday.

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

Running back Michael Carter, who has become a heartbeat of the locker room, told The Post that Saleh’s comments “said a lot from the chief, it really did. From a players perspective, we want to do everything we can to have his back like he has ours.”

That sentiment was a common theme among the players.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, who came to the Jets from a successful organization in New Orleans and knows what winning is supposed to look like, loved what he heard from Saleh and said it should drive players to support him the way 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 this locker room as much as he does – it makes you want to go that extra mile for him, that additional form step.

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

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

Then he doubled down on Wednesday.

“This is not the same old Jets, but until we win, until we prove it — which is on us as coaches and on us as players — the shots will keep coming,” he said.

“Look, everybody to a man understands the reputation the Jets have,” Rankins said. “This place has been lost for a while. Once we get rolling and we get some wins under our belt, it will ease some minds and thoughts. We will get this thing. I am extremely confident that we can do this.

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

Impatience is understandable on the part of a Jets fan base that hasn’t enjoyed a playoff appearance in 11 long years.

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

“It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the passion and the history of this organization in terms of what’s happened, especially over the last 11 years,” Saleh said. “Everyone in this organization acknowledges and respects the past. But this group is responsible for the future. And while we feel the organization’s past, we know it’s our job to heal those wounds as well.”

There is, of course, much healing to be done. Perhaps those passionate words of Saleh accelerate that healing process.

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