The New York Jets are interested in Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to take over as their new coach and guide Sam Darnold.
The New York Jets coaching search is moving along as the team tries to find a replacement for the fired Todd Bowles. The team is leaving no stone unturned as they look at coordinators and former coaches, as well as scouring the college ranks.
The team was rumored to be interested in Jim Harbaugh, but it’s doubtful he has any interest in leaving Michigan. However, another college coach might have caught Mike Maccagnan’s eye, as Dan Graziano of ESPN reports on Twitter that the team in interested in Matt Rhule from Baylor.
Source says the Jets have expressed interest in Baylor coach Matt Rhule for their head coaching position. It’s unclear when or if an interview has been scheduled, but the Jets are scheduled to be in Texas this weekend for a Sunday interview with Cowboys assistant Kris Richard.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 4, 2019
Rhule has been the coach of Baylor since 2017, finishing 6-6 this season after playing to a 1-11 record in 2017 in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that prompted the University to clean house before he took over.
Prior to that, he was Temple’s head coach from 2013-2016, where he coached Robby Anderson. He put up 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, winning the AAC in 2016.
He worked as Temple’s offensive coordinator from 2008-2011 before leaving to be the assistant offensive line coach on the New York Giants 2012 Super Bowl winning team. That is his only NFL coaching experience.
His experience as an offensive coach will help Sam Darnold’s development, which is the team’s top priority at the moment. His experience as an offensive line coach could also help the team mask some of the struggles that they have experienced in that area in recent years.
He was a defensive assistant at five different schools from 1998-2004 and again in 2006 before making a permanent move to the offensive side. So while he isn’t a defensive coach, he won’t be clueless on that side of the ball and should have something to add to that side of the game.
If he impresses in an interview, he could find himself with a golden opportunity to mentor a young talented quarterback on a team with a ton of cap space to add weapons.