|San Francisco 49ers|
|Born:||January 31, 1979|
|High school:||Dearborn (MI) Fordson|
|Career highlights and awards|
Robert Saleh (// born January 31, 1979) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously has served as an assistant coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.
Saleh was born in Dearborn, Michigan to Lebanese immigrants and is a 1997 graduate of Fordson High School. He attended Northern Michigan University from 1998 to 2002, where he earned a degree in finance and was a four-year starter, earning all-conference honors as a tight end.
Saleh began his coaching career at the collegiate level in 2002. He spent four years working as a defensive assistant with Michigan State University (2002–03), Central Michigan University (2004) and the University of Georgia (2005).
In 2005, Saleh was hired as an intern with the Houston Texans, working with the defensive unit. In February 2006, he was retained in Gary Kubiak's staff as a defensive quality control coach under defensive coordinator Richard Smith. In January 2009, he was promoted to assistant linebackers coach.
In February 2011, Saleh was hired as the defensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks under Pete Carroll. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks, including their 2013 championship season when they defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
San Francisco 49ers
During the 2019 season, the 49ers defense was sixth in the league in forced turnovers (27), second in total defense (281.8 yards per game), first in passing defense (169.2 yards per game), and fourth in sacks (48). This was the first time since 2003 that the 49ers finished in the top 10 in both scoring and yards per game. Saleh helped lead the team to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl LIV berth, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.
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