Matt Rhule says he’ll always avoid an “arranged marriage”

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The Jets wanted to hire Baylor coach Matt Rhule. But the Jets also didn’t want to let Rhule hire his own offensive coordinator. And that was a dealbreaker for Rhule.

“At the end of the day, I’m never going to be in an arranged marriage,” Rhule told KRZI-AM in Waco, Texas on Thursday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “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.”

Per Mehta, the Jets wanted Rhule to hire former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken. Rhule wanted to hire his own guy. And so it all fell apart.

The Jets instead hired former Dolphins coach Adam Gase.

More surprising than the outcome is the willingness of Rhule to be so candid about it. Not that long ago, college coaches kept secret any NFL aspirations, since that can create recruiting challenges — especially when rival coaches use a potential jump to the pro level against them. For Rhule, the cat is out of the bag, and he’s doing nothing to act like it isn’t.

31 responses to “Matt Rhule says he’ll always avoid an “arranged marriage”

  1. In real life, that does happen in the workforce.

    Sometimes the boss strongly suggests you hire this person over the one you want.

  2. Welcome to the dysfunctional world of the NY Jets! Hire a head coach to develop a QB and then tell him who will do the actual development! Chris Johnson makes Woody look positively genius! How is it that the NY papers haven’t ripped the Jets into little pieces for their latest demonstration of idiotic management?

  3. Supposedly this was also the dealbreaker for Mike McCarthy as he wasnt going to be able to bring in a staff he wanted. Gase I believe is the best hire of the new head coaches, but when these reports are out there it gives the perception, whether fair or not, he has a predetermined staff and he’s powerless from the get go.

  4. If the Jets wanted Monken so bad then why not just make him the HC instead of settling for the guy who burned bridges with his players at his last job?

  5. The real fact coming from Jet brass is that Matt didn’t have a concrete plan on who the OC would be, nor if he could land him. The Jets did not trust his limited NFL resources. And they would not risk Sam’s development on an unknown.
    But of course Matt is going to say what reflects best on himself.

  6. Wait until Coach Gase gets going with his attitude in New York, then you will have an interesting time.
    Good luck Jets fans.

  7. deneb1973 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:39 pm
    Welcome to the dysfunctional world of the NY Jets! Hire a head coach to develop a QB and then tell him who will do the actual development! Chris Johnson makes Woody look positively genius! How is it that the NY papers haven’t ripped the Jets into little pieces for their latest demonstration of idiotic management?

  8. Man I’m glad I’m not a Jets fan. You actually let a guy walk as your head coach because he wanted to hire his own coordinator. What Head Coach doesn’t want his own guy? To think the Jets are dumb enough to think forcing Monken on Rhule when they have no relationship at all and expect good results…is it any wonder they are always near the bottom of the AFC East?

  9. It’s rare for an NFL team to give a new head coach 100% control over hiring his staff. He will have trouble finding his first NFL gig with those type of demands.

  10. My understanding is that this is the exact reason talks between Coach McCarthy and the Jets broke down. The only HC the Jets are going to get with this tact is one that is extremely hard-up for employment

  11. You guys understand Schefter shot this down not too long ago right? This guy wasn’t even offered the job and he’s been whining non stop since and leaking to local Baylor reporters. Schefter said this guy came in with a list of assistant coaches and it wasn’t impressive.

  12. Except Rhule has never developed a qb or knows how too and when the staff you want too hire doesn’t seem like good ideas especially with no nfl experience you might want too listen too ur bosses. So frigging happy this guy didn’t get the job just because you can coach temple and Baylor and have an above 500 record doesn’t make you ready for nfl. Stay in Texas dude and obviously the coaches you wanted all suck

  13. So the Jets wanted Ruhl to hire someone who management thought could replace him?
    Ruhl said, nope.

    Matt Ruhl is smarter than the average bear.

  14. kd75 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm
    In real life, that does happen in the workforce.

    Sometimes the boss strongly suggests you hire this person over the one you want.
    ++++++++++

    Agreed but no one at the Jets is his boss. He is interviewing so he doesn’t have a boss, He doesn’t have to accept the conditions of the offer of employment.

    I like Rhule’s candor.

  15. kd75 says:
    January 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm
    In real life, that does happen in the workforce.

    Sometimes the boss strongly suggests you hire this person over the one you want.

    Sure does. I’ve had it happen to me more than 5x. I always said no and hired the right people, not the boss’. That’s why I respect not only his decision, but his candor. In the long run my integrity to the organizations I worked for paid off – and several of those bosses were gone before I left.

    Hmmm..that last part sounds alot like the Jets…

  16. This is definitely interesting, but I believe that if this is really what happened, the Jets didn’t lose. Adam Gase is as good as any coach out there. Sam Darnold is going to be a top 5 QB in a couple years. If the Jets add another impact player to their defense, they’ll be a top 5 team. Would they be even better with Rhule? I can’t answer that. I hope he stays at Baylor for 10 years and builds that program. Also, I agree with Rhule. If you want me, don’t tie my hands.

  17. dynaco says:
    January 12, 2019 at 11:33 pm
    The real fact coming from Jet brass is that Matt didn’t have a concrete plan on who the OC would be, nor if he could land him.

    ———-

    Sounds about right. Rhule was doing and saying all the right things at Temple, including “I want to stay here and build this program into a perennial competitor for decades to come.” He made that last statement a few days before he signed with Baylor. His justification was “yeah, but wow…gee…when a program with Baylor’s history comes at you….I just couldn’t say ‘no.'” Ever since then, he seems to be making it up as he goes. It’s too bad. He shows real potential at times.

  18. I don’t see why people are jumping on the jets for this. I think its reasonable to ask a first time pro coach if he plans on hiring some people with NFL experience. Bringing in an all college staff, something it sounds like he was likely to do, is reasonable cause for concern.

  19. everyone says “gotta get a franchise qb” well, you actually need to not only get a franchise qb but you gotta not ruin him as well..who here has any confidence in the jets to not ruin darnold? the jets have the worst problem of all: clueless, meddling ownership. jets are going nowhere as long as the johnsons run them.

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