After a confusing conclusion to Matt Rhule’s Jets coaching candidacy, he is providing answers.
Speaking to KRZI-AM 1660 Waco on Thursday, the Baylor head coach confirmed he and the Jets could not agree on his prospective staff in New York.
The mysterious ending to Matt Rhule's Jets coaching candidacy
One of the mysteries of the Jets coaching hire is…
“At the end of the day, I’m never going to be in an arranged marriage,” Rhule told the radio station. “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.”
One source, who had spoken to Rhule, told The Post that the Jets wanted to hand-pick his offensive coordinator. Three sources familiar with the Jets’ coaching search say that the team did want some say in the coaching staff, not just for Rhule but for any candidate, but they were not going to dictate to the coach whom to hire.
Former Dolphins coach Adam Gase got the job and his success will depend to a large extent on the maturation of quarterback Sam Darnold. The Post reported that Rhule consulted with Bill Parcells over the job, and Parcells told him not to take any job where he couldn’t hand-pick his own staff.
The Jets were high on Rhule, who was in the running with Gase and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Rhule was never actually offered the job by the Jets. But whether his power struggle with the Jets impacted that is a different story.