A surprising college coach is now a candidate for a head coaching job in the NFL Ron Jenkins/Getty Images
WACO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns and head coach Matt Rhule of the Baylor Bears meet following Texas 38-7 win over Baylor at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

There’s always a surprise candidate for an NFL head coaching vacancy, and this year that candidate is way off the radar.

According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule interviewed for the same position for the Indianapolis Colts.

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It’s not uncommon for college coaches to interview for NFL positions, but Rhule just finished his first season at Baylor, and the Bears were 1-11 in 2017.

To be fair to Rhule, he inherited a messy situation in Waco, so the 1-11 campaign isn’t necessarily an indictment of his coaching skills.

Before taking over at Baylor, Rhule turned the Temple program around rather quickly. He went 2-10 his first year at Temple, and then he followed that up with a 6-6 season and back-to-back 10-win seasons and a conference championship.

Rhule, 42, was also the offensive line coach for the New York Giants in 2012.

The other candidates who have interviewed for the position are New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Kansas City Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, and former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

Rhule probably isn’t the favorite to land the Colts job, but stranger things have happened in the NFL.


(h/t Pro Football Talk)

Cole Frederick About the author:
Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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