Matt Rhule declines to interview for Browns job

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Baylor head coach Matt Rhule has made clear he’ll only go to the NFL if the situation is just right, and he apparently doesn’t see the Browns that way.

Rhule turned down an opportunity to interview for the head coaching job in Cleveland, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

That doesn’t mean Rhule is staying at Baylor: He’s still a candidate for the Giants’ and Panthers’ head coaching vacancies. But it does indicate that he doesn’t see Cleveland as a good fit, which may say something about his feelings about owner Jimmy Haslam and/or General Manager John Dorsey.

Last year Rhule was reportedly close to taking the Jets’ head coaching job, but he ultimately pulled out because he wanted total authority over his coaching staff, and the team wasn’t offering him that. Any team that wants Rhule is going to have to convince him that he’s going to get to do things his way.

28 responses to “Matt Rhule declines to interview for Browns job

  1. I already like him. Any person whtakes control of his job offers (with no real power in that scenario) will absolutely take complete control of any team he ultimately coaches.

  2. I will tell you why the Cleveland job is not attractive.

    One, no one knows who is running the show. Dorsey and DePodesta are battling for total control of the football operations and while that goes on it is just a recipe for total disaster.

    Two, the new head coach will be stuck with Baker Mayfield who will never be a great QB and the head coach will be blamed for not being able to make him one.

  3. He wouldn’t have been a good pick anyway if the Browns want to interview college coaches they should reach out to Nick Saban , Dabo Sweeny , Jimbo Fisher , Mike Leach , Dan Mullins , and ex Gator coach Steve Spurrior . Ex NFL coaches the Browns should interview Lovey Smith , Jim Caldwell , Tony Dungy , Mike Mcarthy , and Marvin Lewis all had great success at one point in the Division with way less talent on the roster for a few of those coaches mentioned . Land one of them , and if Cam Newton becomes a free agent snatch him up in the draft target Tua Taguvaloa , and Jalen Hurts they will be the QB’s that will be slept on by QB needy teams listening to all of the hype about Joe Burrough , and Justin Herbert who are really not the two best QB’S if you look at their entire body of work instead of focusing on the one good year they had .

  4. Why would a smart nfl team want to hand over full reigns to a college coach, from Baylor of all places?? If some other sucker nfl tesm wants to do so…good luck!

  5. This is the reality, Cleveland. Until ownership and management is changed, they’ll always be scraping the bottom of the barrel for coaching hires. It’s been a turnstile of coaching, GM, and QB employment since Haslam has taken over, and even a little before that as well. That level of uncertainty makes this job very unattractive, with the Browns legacy being their demise yet again

  6. I have to wonder how college recruits are going to fell about playing at Baylor with Matt Rhule wanting to jump to the NFL with a team he feels is the right fit for him. Rhule has turned Baylor football around. Every college recruiter will be using this against Baylor. This can’t be good for the Baylor football!

  7. He will end up holding the bag just like last year. And in the meantime, he is going to lose recruits as he plays footsie with the NFL. Supreme arrogance for a guy who, let’s face it, has done next to nothing as head coach. CLE dodged a bullet.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    December 31, 2019 at 10:08 am
    I will tell you why the Cleveland job is not attractive.

    One, no one knows who is running the show. Dorsey and DePodesta are battling for total control of the football operations and while that goes on it is just a recipe for total disaster.

    Two, the new head coach will be stuck with Baker Mayfield who will never be a great QB and the head coach will be blamed for not being able to make him one
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    …and don’t forget all the “Star” players that all have such “look at me and my one handed catches”. Then you have tremendous Cap trouble coming after next year when you have to let the Stars go or start paying all those high draft picks their extensions or beyond rookie deals. It is a headache with disaster written all over it. The Steelers just need a QB, the Bengals will be getting one and the Ravens will rule that division for the next 4+ years. Browns are going to go backwards next year and the locker room will be in chaos. Book it!

  9. I think even Wal-Mart greeters would realize they had a better job than coaching the Browns and would also decline the interview.

  10. Just because the Browns were lousy before Haslam has no bearing whatsoever on his lousy ownership now. Ownership is always the number one factor in whether not a franchise wins or not. Look at baseball where both the Red Sox and Cubs finally changed ownership and both finally won the World Series. Look at the Pats who were a mediocre franchise with a few playoff wins and one SB appearance in about 35 years until Kraft bought the team in the mid 90s. They’e been to 10 SBs since. On the opposite side, look at the Redskins who from the early 70s to mid 90s were a perennial playoff contender and went to five SBs. Since Snyder bought the team, they’ve been to the playoffs two or three times in the past 20 years and haven’t even gotten close to the SB.

    John Harbaugh said last year that he would never work for Haslam when there were rumblings that the Ravens might move on from him. Haslam let this franchise rot through consecutive years of 3-13, 1-15, and 0-16 when there was tons of cap room to upgrade the roster. That’s hard to do when the league is built so teams can turn things around fast – if they choose to. Every year at least 4 new teams make the playoffs who didn’t the year before. I’m not sure if the NFL didn’t get into Haslam’s ear and tell him to do something to improve things because the Browns were embarrassing the whole league.

    As fans, we just have to get lucky that we get good ownership. It’s all just dumb luck, nothing more.

  11. No legitimate NFL track record and borderline no NFL coaching/coordinating experience. Acting like opportunities are his to throw away or that he warrants being able to dictate circumstances wherever he lands. Don’t get it, but whatever.

    Bad look for Cleveland, but Rhule didn’t seem like a good fit, anyhow. You’d think they’d have learned their lesson with these unproven young coaches. Rivera would’ve been a good candidate had they been proactive. With all the vacancies, situating themselves to land another mediocre HC if they don’t move.

  12. Why be saddled with the objs of the world? Cleveland job isnt as attractive as it was. Dorsey has been blowing assets like a drunk on a riverboat gambling trip. The browns had more cap and more picks then anyone and Dorsey is blowing them. But sadly it would be a mistake to blow up the front office and start over. If Cleveland’s ownership blows this front office up, it’s all over from there. Another decade of sucking is in the way.

  13. How about the stones on Matt Rhule? He posted a couple of winning seasons at Temple, and then jumped to Baylor, admitting that it was the name that drew him there. He brought them one really good season, this year, and now he’s turning down teams with impressive rosters.

    College coaches with much more impressive records than his have had to wait longer than him, and have had a tough time upon arriving in the pros.

    And I don’t know how any player can take a guy like that seriously when he starts preaching “team first” stuff…

  14. pmars64 says:
    “Just because the Browns were lousy before Haslam has no bearing whatsoever on his lousy ownership now. Ownership is always the number one factor in whether not a franchise wins or not. Look at baseball where both the Red Sox and Cubs finally changed ownership and both finally won the World Series. Look at the Pats who were a mediocre franchise with a few playoff wins and one SB appearance in about 35 years until Kraft bought the team in the mid 90s. They’e been to 10 SBs since.”

    Are you forgetting they got Tom Brady in the draft?

  15. Cleveland needs an upper management cultural change, just like Washington, just like Detroit, just like Oakland, Cincinnati, Miami and so on down the line…I’m kind of surprised that these owners settle for being perennially awful and are unwilling to change.

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