Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is apparently out as a Jets coaching candidate according to Ian Rapoport.
Source: #Baylor coach Matt Rhule sent a text message to his staff indicating he’s staying in school. Essentially he’s not going to the #Jets.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2019
It sounds as though the issue might have been Rhule’s potential coaching staff.
The sticking point with Matt Rhule and the #Jets: .... The team was not satisfied with the quality of the coaching staff that Rhule could put together, I’m told.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 10, 2019
Some more details: The #Jets wanted Matt Rhule to hire assistants that they preferred rather than allow Rhule to hire his full staff, I’m told.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 10, 2019
So, it’s understandable why Rhule didn’t agree to that arrangement. https://t.co/WgrUrFLcrh
My understanding is that Matt Rhule told the #Jets that he would not agree to a staff that was put together by GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) January 10, 2019
Again, it is hard to fault Rhule for taking that position.
I have to agree with Manish on this one.
You could argue about Rhule’s quality as a candidate either way, but I think the position the Jets took is ridiculous. If you trust a guy enough to run your team, he has to be allowed to implement his vision. A recommendation or two is fine, but it should ultimately be the head coach’s call.
A front office certainly cannot dictate assistant hires. That’s a recipe for discord and for a coach to be undermined.