SANTA CLARA — Forty-Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh nearly went into the furniture business.
This was 2001. Saleh was 22 years old, fresh out of Northern Michigan University, where he played tight end and majored in finance. He got a job at Comerica Bank and prepared to take over the family business, a furniture store in Detroit.
“If you just talk furniture,” Saleh said on a sunny afternoon at the 49ers practice facility, “there are so many different things you have to organize at one time. There’s your warehousing, your employees, your bookkeeping. There’s the sales part.
“Football, no different. You’ve got D-line, linebackers, DBs. You’ve got a playbook. You’ve got breakdowns. You’ve got self-scouting. You’ve got to be very detailed.”
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