East Rumors: Rhule, Meyer, Jets

Despite reports connecting the Cowboys to Lincoln Riley and Urban Meyer, team owner Jerry Jones on Saturday downplayed the notion that he would pursue a college coach this offseason. However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says Jones remains interested in Riley, and he is also paying close attention to Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.

Rhule was a hot name on the NFL head coaching circuit last year and reportedly could have had the Jets’ job if he agreed to certain appointments to his coaching staff. He signed an eight-year extension with Baylor in September, but pro teams are still interested in him. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network shot down recent speculation that the Cowboys would pursue Sean Payton, but he says Dallas made it known through back channels last offseason it was interested in the Saints’ HC, which helped Payton land his extension with New Orleans in September (video link).

Now for more from the league’s east divisions:

  • The Cowboys may not be the only team interested in Meyer. As JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington tweets, Meyer is at FedEx field for the Redskins‘ contest against the Eagles today, and Washington would love to land Meyer as its next HC. Meyer, of course, served as Dwayne Haskins‘ head coach at Ohio State, but it seems like the Redskins don’t really meet Meyer’s criteria for coming out of retirement.
  • Rich Cimini of ESPN.com expects the Jets to overhaul 50% of their roster this offseason, and he unsurprisingly names Brian Winters and Quincy Enunwa as two of the big-name players who could be cut. He also says that, if New York retains Le’Veon Bell, it should bring in another RB with the speed to run outside the tackles.
  • Though the Patriots just cut kicker Josh Gable two days after adding him to the practice squad, head coach Bill Belichick suggested that Gable could be back in 2020 as possible competition for Stephen Gostkowski, as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com writes.
  • In the same piece linked above, Reiss says Patriots D-line coach Bret Bielema, a former collegiate head coach with Wisconsin and Arkansas, is generating interest from college teams. Bielema is said to be open to such an opportunity if the right one presents itself.
  • The NFL’s decision on the Patriots‘ punishment for Spygate 2.0 is expected shortly.
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7 comments on “East Rumors: Rhule, Meyer, Jets

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Urban is going to learn that the criteria for coming out of retirement diminishes proportionately with the increase in odd jobs the wife finds for you to do around the house.

  2. Polish Hammer

    And today Urban is in Daniel Snyder’s box at the ForeSkins game. Will he be in Philly or the Giants box next week?

  3. mcase7187

    I’m a pats fan and I even think the league needs to come down hard on the pats and I say go as hard DQ there season that will stop them and any other team for ever doing it it’s a 3 strikes ur out deal

    • EvilDeadpool

      This is the most stupid fan comment, sounds like you hate the Patriots & was never a fan to begin with. Please dismiss yourself from our fan base, we don’t need wannabe fans

    • dirtholio

      There legacy is already tainted. When people talk about Brady’s championships in the future, there will always be a “but”…

      I do agree punishment is warranted. However, I don’t think DQ’s are necessary. Rip them harshly in draft picks for a few years and leave it at.that.

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