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Matt Rhule declined to interview for the Browns’ head coaching job

Baylor Bears coach Matt Rhule is a popular candidate for NFL head coach openings this season, but he has no interest in being the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns requested to interview Rhule, and he declined.

Schefter also added that he is expected to be a leading candidate for the New York Giants and the Carolina Panthers openings. It’s unclear if Rhule is going to have any interest in either of the jobs.

Rhule is in a great position to be picky in choosing his job if he does want to make the jump to the NFL. Rhule has taken Baylor out of a very dark spot in their history and has resurrected the program. In just his third year at Baylor, Rhule has led the team to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Big 12 Championship game against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Bears are going to play the Georgia Bulldogs on New Year’s Day in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Back in September, Rhule signed a contract extension that will keep him under contract through the 2027 season.

For the Browns, they have other candidates outside of Rhule who they are expected to interview. The Browns have requested interviews with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is also expected to interview for the job. Whoever the team does end up hiring, they need to make sure they get the right candidate. The last thing the team wants is to be set back another few years by another bad hire.