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Back in the late 1960s, rock promoter Bill Graham decided to open up the Fillmore East in New York as a companion venue to his Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.
Fifty years later, the Jets have felt like 49ers East since Robert Saleh arrived last year. Saleh brought several coaches and a few players with him from his 49ers days, and it feels as if the 49ers are the blueprint in many ways for the Jets.
So, watching the 49ers in these playoffs before they got beat by the Rams on Sunday can be instructional for what the Jets are looking to become. Yes, the Jets’ rebuild would be accelerated greatly if Joe Douglas found a Deebo Samuel, a George Kittle, a Nick Bosa and a Fred Warner for Saleh. But it goes deeper than just finding good players, something that Douglas obviously has to do to make the Jets winners.