In their 2021 coaching search, the Jets can’t do this one thing they did in 2019.
If you try to force assistant coaches on a head coaching candidate, you could have some really good candidates drop out.
That happened to the Jets in 2019, when somebody in the interview with Baylor coach Matt Rhule, now with the Carolina Panthers, was trying to force assistant coaches on the NYC-native.
“At the end of the day, I’m never going to be in an arranged marriage,” Rhule told the radio station 1660-AM in Waco, TX. “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.
So the Jets knocked themselves out of contention for this top-shelf coaching candidate by wanting a say on his staff.
According to the New York Post, Bill Parcells told Rhule not to take any job where he couldn’t hand-pick his own staff.
The Jets must learn from this mistake, and never do this again.
When you hire a coach, he should be allowed to hire the staff he wants.
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