Matt Campbell Declines Interview With Jets

Jan. 10: Campbell will not, in fact, take an interview with the Jets, according to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic (via Twitter). As Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network recently said, Campbell will only leave Iowa State for a perfect situation, with the implication being that the New York job does not qualify as such.

Jan. 9: Rumored to be on the NFL radar for multiple offseasons, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell looks set to interview for at least one job in the near future.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson and GM Joe Douglas are each high on Campbell, and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora notes the Jets are expected to meet with him soon. Campbell has been on the Jets’ radar for a while, and in Douglas’ first coaching search, the team is casting a wide net. This would mark Campbell’s first known NFL interview.

Prior to hiring Adam Gase, the Jets reached out to Campbell in early 2019 to see about an interview then. Campbell, however, declined the request. He signed an extension with Iowa State later that year. However, the 41-year-old coach is now intrigued by the prospect of making the college-to-NFL jump.

Campbell has authored four straight winning seasons in Ames, Iowa. His Cyclones rebuild peaked during this pandemic-altered season, with the team ending its season with a 9-3 record. Despite the pandemic trimming a game off Iowa State’s schedule, the nine wins matched a program record.

Campbell, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and former national championship-winning HC Urban Meyer are the latest coaches on the college-to-pro radar. Were one of them to make the move, this would mark the third straight offseason a college coach landed a pro job — after Kliff Kingsbury and Matt Rhule. The Jets were interested in Rhule before hiring Gase, but the now-Panthers HC opted to stay at Baylor in 2019.

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17 comments on “Matt Campbell Declines Interview With Jets

      • IACub

        This is a really uninformed comment. His entire career has been about being at places where he is able to be himself and have a good culture. he has spoken in many interviews that the idea of those blue bloods with boosters and alumni that stick their hands in the program is not something he wants to be a part of.

  1. jay13

    It is pretty crazy to think what he has done with Iowa State. It has to be a struggle competing against Iowa and Nebraska for recruiting the top in state players. If the Jets can lure him away from State, he might be able to do good things in that situation.

    My personal opinion is he stays put at Iowa State.

  2. afsooner02

    Only so much he can do there….gonna be hard to beat Oklahoma and Texas on a continual basis with limited talent.

    Plus obviously the NFL can pay him way more than Iowa st.

  3. tigersfan1320

    New source is saying that these reports are false. Says person close to Campbell stated that he is not planning to be meeting with the Jets

  4. dave frost nhlpa

    You don’t wanna even interview? Stay in the cornfield hayseed!

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Why would he want an interview if he doesn’t want the job? If anything, the best thing one could put on one’s resume is “had the common sense to turn down an interview with the NY Jets.”

      • rocky7

        One word….experience in presenting and explaining your football philosophy and making your pitch to team management about your abilities to lead…that’s why.
        Ever wonder why some coaches who seem to have ability never make it to the second interview…..there are some people who freeze or have difficulties making a presentation even though they know the subject matter backwards and forwards….just like some people who are very smart but can’t take a test worth a lick….that’s why….this way, when the job does come up that he wants he’s prepared for the interview.
        Besides, it is possible that even though the Jets job may not be the “#1” opportunity, it possibly sends the wrong message rot management about being picky!

  5. wrigleyhawkeye

    Iowa State is a better coaching situation than NYJ…. sad but true.

    That’s being said, he will look to leave for something better in the near future.

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