Part of what made the Jets’ hiring of former Dolphins head coach Adam Gase so surprising is the fact that it seemed like they were on a collision course with Baylor head coach Matt Rhule until talks broke down at the eleventh hour.
Rhule turned down the job after the Jets made it clear that they didn’t trust Rhule to bring in his own assistants, instead trying to force Rhule to hire one of their recommendations. Rhule spurned the Jets, calling the move an “arranged marriage.”
Hey, Jets. This guy turned around Temple and Baylor in no time at all with his guys. Maybe he knows what he’s doing?
Rhule’s 36-40 college record doesn’t look impressive, but you need to take that number into context. After getting the Temple job, he took a program in complete disarray from 2-10 his first year to 6-6 the year after and then 10-4 the next two years. At Baylor, a school decimated by the Art Briles scandal, he went 7-6 after a 1-11 campaign.
Rhule might have been an out-of-the-box hire, but perhaps his greatest asset is building a staff. Leave it to the Jets to bungle this hire.