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Jets interested in interviewing Baylor head coach Matt Rhule

Matt Rhule

The New York Jets have expressed interest in interviewing Baylor University head coach Matt Rhule for their head-coaching job, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.

It is not yet clear if the Jets have scheduled an interview with Rhule.

Rhule has been head coach of Baylor since 2017, going 8-17 overall. After posting a record of 1-11 in his first season, Rhule rebounded nicely in 2018, leading the Bears to a 7-6 mark and a win over Vanderbilt in the Texas Bowl.

Rhule has very limited NFL experience, briefly serving as the New York Giants’ assistant offensive line coach in 2012.

The 43-year-old also spent four years as the head coach of Temple, going 28-23 overall and leading the Owls to back-to-back bowl appearances in 2015 and 2016. He won 10 games in both of those seasons.

Prior to serving as Temple’s head coach, he had been a member of the coaching staff from 2006 through 2011, holding various posts before joining the Giants’ coaching staff in 2012. He returned to the Owls as head coach the following year.

Rhule has also spent time with Albright, Buffalo, UCLA and Western Carolina, primarily working with the defense.

The Jets fired Todd Bowles after a 4-12 season. Bowles coached New York for four years and went just 26-40, failing to take the team to the playoffs. He actually won 10 games in his first year, but he then went 5-11 in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017 before his worst year of all in 2018.

The Jets have not made the playoffs since the 2010-11 campaign, when they made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game.