There are only three head coaching vacancies remaining in the NFL, with one of them being the New York Jets.
Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is reportedly ‘only’ interested in the Jets opening, but it remains to be seen how much of that is reciprocated. New York was linked to Kliff Kingsbury, but he took the Arizona Cardinals job.
Now, they are reportedly gravitating toward hiring another college coach.
Per NFL insider Benjamin Allbright, the Jets are “trending” toward hiring Baylor’s Matt Rhule. Rhule has been said to be one of the candidates the Jets were seriously considering, and they spoke with him earlier this week.
Jets job is trending toward a Matt Rhule hire.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 9, 2019
Rhule is a native New Yorker, who spent one season as an assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants in 2012.
He’s been a collegiate head coach since 2013, first taking Temple to a pair of bowl games in four seasons, then taking over Baylor in the wake of the Art Briles scandal.
Rhule is 8-17 in two years at Baylor, including a 7-6 mark and bowl win in 2018.