Baylor head coach Matt Rhule’s first public remarks since engaging in discussions with the Jets for their vacancy that was filled by Adam Gase were crystal clear: He will not make the jump to the NFL without control over his staff.
The Daily News reported Wednesday that staffing issues were the sticking point between the Jets and Rhule. Specifically, team decision makers were not satisfied with Rhule’s choice to be his offensive coordinator.
The Jets wanted Rhule to have a more experienced assistant with NFL play-calling experience to help cultivate Sam Darnold’s talents, according to sources. They suggested former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who interviewed for the head coaching job, but Rhule understandably wanted to bring his hand-picked play-caller. That coach is a current NFL assistant with no prior NFL play-calling experience, according to sources.
"At the end of the day, I'm never going to be in an arranged marriage,” Rhule told KRZI-AM 1660 Waco Thursday when asked if he would ever take an NFL job without control over his full staff. “I'm never going to subcontract jobs to the offense and defense. I always want to hire people that believe in what I believe, that are going to do things our way, that are going to believe in process, that are going to be part of a program. I truly believe that programs win."
The Jets should appreciate that arranged marriages typically fail. The John Idzik-Rex Ryan combo platter was an unadulterated mess. Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles’ relationship that was set up by consultant Charley Casserly didn’t work, either.