Robert Saleh is the upbeat first-year head coach for the New York Jets. He's brought excitement and hope to a drunken fan base.His "All the gas, no brakes!" mantra was quickly embraced by believers who packed public practice sessions at the Jets' recently concluded training camp in Florham Park, New Jersey.
While GreenSportsBlog admires Saleh's enthusiasm, given his contribution to global climate change, we believe his use of "GAS" as the fuel that will propel the team to success is a mistake.
We were therefore pleased that Coach Saleh took valuable time to talk to GSB* about the motto - and how it can be improved—The regular season opener in Carolina is only two weeks away.
* OK, Coach Saleh didn't actually speak to us. This is a MOCK INTERVIEW. But we're pretty sure he would have said what we said.
GreenSportsBlog: Coach Saleh (SAHL-uh), thanks for your time today. I'll be brief knowing youJ-E-T-S-Jets! Jets! JETS!host the Philadelphia Eagles in the last game of the preseason tonight. As a longtime Jets fan, I can't wait to see you put your stamp on the team beginning with the start of the regular season in Carolina on September 12th.
As a GreenSports blogger, there is one thing that worries me as I head into your first season as head of the team known as the GREEN Gang.
Coach Robert Saleh: I know... They're worried about the defense because of the injuries we've suffered this summer, particularly our newly signed pass-rushing beast Carl Lawson, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Hey, that was undoubtedly a brutal injury to Carl. But he's already in rehab and will be back for 2022, ready to go and better than ever.
We'll be fine for us. We live our motto "Next Man Up".
GSB: I understand that, Coach, but it's one of your other lines that worries me, and that's "All the gas, no brakes!"...
Coach Saleh: Really? What don't you like about it? It outlines how every Jets player should behave in the classroom, in the practice room, and on the field. Go full throttle all the time, stop for no one! And when you face a challenge, an obstacle you KEEP. GO. All THROTTLE, no BRAKE!
And I'm telling you, the fans get it and they love it! I remember at one of our first public practice sessions in July I grabbed the mic in front of the stands and told them 'All GAS' and the fans were AMAZING and in response they yelled back 'No BRAKE!' It was awesome!
Freshman NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh brings Jets fans on board with his "All Gas, No Brake" chant at July training camp (starts at 0:36 seconds).
GSB: I see. And I LOVE the feeling. It's the "GAS" that matters...
Coach Saleh: Why? You have to floor the accelerator to win in this league all the time!!!
GSB: Here's why: Because GAS, when burned — whether you're talking about GASoline, which is refined from oil to fuel your car, or natural GAS that powers, heats, and cools buildings — makes a massive contribution to the Greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause of global climate change, which now threatens millions of people, including Americans.
Coach Saleh: Ahhh, I see. OK, I don't know much about climate change, don't think about it much. But my wife, Sanaa, and I have six children, and our two oldest, Adam and Zane, have been talking about it at home more and more often.
You learned it at school.
GSB: What did you say?
Coach Saleh: Adam told me that in Lebanon, where our ancestors come from, it was really a big problem. He said there have been more droughts. And when it rains, there are more floods. Both harm the economy.
I thought climate change was primarily a problem for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not something we needed to deal with now. But Zane said his teacher told him it's happening all over the world now. Sanaa said the worst thing about climate change now is that poor people who don't have the ability to audibly change their lives are the ones who suffer the most.
GSB: And it's affecting the sport! Including football as the extreme heat makes the training camp much more challenging health wise...
Coach Saleh: ...Oh, I've noticed that the last few years that I was with the San Francisco 49ers, the Heat was BRUTAL. And then we had to deal with forest fires. But do we know that the heat and fires are really due to climate change? And that it's man-made?
GSB: Yes. And yes. Science has shown that climate change is exacerbating extreme weather, including heat waves and wildfires.Have you watched the Tokyo Olympics?
Coach Saleh: Very little, just a few highlights. I've been very busy changing the culture here. We have some incredible young men - did you know we're the youngest team in the league? — who work hard to improve every day!
GSB: The reason I'm asking is that Tokyo had such a sweltering heat during the Games that many athletes had a lot of trouble dealing with it. Daniil Medvedev, the second tallest tennis player in the world, told the chair umpire during a game, "I can quit the game, but I can die." The marathons have been moved 300 miles north to Sapporo. And so forth.
Coach Saleh: I see. Climate change is happening now, it's man-made and it's affecting sport. So what does that have to do with “All GAS! No BRAKE!
GSB: Well, if humanity is to have any chance of keeping global temperatures within a range that avoids the most catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and do it faster than Jets rookie receiver Elijah Moore. To do that, we need to move away from GAS and towards clean energy. In traffic, we need to speed up the transition to ELECTRIC mobility from yesterday.
Since the jets have a huge platform, how cool would it be if you changed your mantra from All GAS, No Brake to All Electric, No Brake? As with electric vehicles or electric vehicles?
Coach Saleh: A few of our guys have Teslas. But, all ELECTRIC, no BRAKE... It just doesn't sound the same!
GSB: I understand you, coach. But right now we are in a global climate crisis. So we have to sacrifice "Ring" for "Messaging". And it would make you and the Jets look and sound cool! What do you say?
Coach Saleh: We'll be cool once we start winning games! But “everything ELECTRICAL! No BRAKE!'? I'll work on it. Maybe it will sound better with time.
GSB: And maybe the switch could see the team gain a new EV sponsor?
Coach Saleh: [Team Owner] Woody and Chris Johnson are going to like this...
GSB: So type 'All ELECTRIC! No BRAKE'a go?
Coach Saleh: YES! But do we have to use the “J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!” sing because jets are gas-powered?
GSB: Well, let me tell you about sustainable aviation fuel... That'll be a conversation for another day. For now, good luck this season, Coach! And of course make sure the boys stay hydrated by using reusable water bottles!
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Top photo: Robert Saleh, freshman-year head coach of the NY Jets (Photo: New York Post)
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