Report: Colts interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule

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The Colts have a surprise — previously unreported — name on their list of head coaching candidates. Indianapolis interviewed Baylor head coach Matt Rhule earlier this week, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reports.

Rhule, 42, went 1-11 in his first season at Baylor.

He is 29-34 in five seasons as a college head coach but became a hot name in the coaching ranks after turning around Temple. The Owls were 2-10 his first season before posting 10-win seasons in 2015 and ’16.

Rhule spent the 2012 season in the NFL as the Giants offensive line coach.

The Colts, seeking a replacement for Chuck Pagano, also reportedly have interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard, Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks and Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.

8 responses to “Report: Colts interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule

  1. Seprix says:
    January 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm
    Only the Colts would interview someone who went 1-11 in college. Not even the Browns, man. Not even the Browns.

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    The Browns are currently standing by a coach who’s gone 1-31 in two years and is never hesitant to blame everyone else for the team’s problems. A 1-11 college coach might be a step up.

  2. I love this. Most other teams go out and hire a coordinator from a winning team, and then turn around and fire him a couple years later. A smart guy like Chris Ballard is looking for a good coach. The Packers hired a good coach when they hired Mike McCarthy, even though they got him from a 1-15 49ers’ team. He won a super bowl with Green Bay. Sean McVay came from a mediocre Washington team. He’s doing alright. Every assistant in New England since Brady became their QB has looked good, but most ended up getting fired when they went out on their own. Good on Ballard for being smart.

  3. The notion that he “turned around” Temple is a bit an overstatement. Yes, they were 2-10 his first year (after being better the previous year under the old coach) and in fact were 30-19 in the previous 4 seasons before he got there including 2 bowl appearances. His winning percentage of .549 was only slightly better than the previous coach’s .542.

    So yeah, he had a couple of good years at Temple, but let’s not make him Vince Lombardi.

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