Having overseen a tremendous turnaround in Waco, Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule has heard his name mentioned in NFL circles as a potential head coach.
The respected offensive mind has already interviewed with the New York Jets for their head-coaching opening. And now, according to this one report, it looks like he could land in Jersey to work with young quarterback Sam Darnold.
Jets job is trending toward a Matt Rhule hire.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 9, 2019
Rhule, 43, served as Temple’s head coach from 2014-16 — leading the program to consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in history. In fact, 2015 was the first time since 1979 that the Owls won 10-plus games.
He then took over a dormant Baylor program in 2017 — leading the team to a 1-11 record before turning it around to the tune of a 7-6 record this past season.
Rhule’s only NFL experience was a stint as the New York Giants’ assistant offensive line coach in 2012.
It would certainly be a hire out of left field. But there’s little doubting what Rhule brings to the table on offense. With that in mind, this hire is more about the above-mentioned Darnold than anything else.