Written by: Ali Jawad
For the 2nd time in the last 3 years a head coach for the New York Giants has been fired. The team notified Pat Shurmur he will not return with the team next season. Thus begins the search for a brand new head coach and the 3rd since the Giants asked 2x Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin to “resign.” Baylor’s Matt Rhule has been mentioned one to many times as the favorite to replace Shurmur. There are many reasons why Rhule would be a great replacement and could be the right coach for a team that has been searching for answers.
3 dimensional coach
Every year we see offensive minded and defensive minded coaches take on head coaching jobs. Very rarely do we see a coach come from 3 different sides of the ball. Before taking on head coaching gigs with Temple and Baylor Matt Rhule spent 15 years as an assistant bouncing around from offense to defense, and special teams. I think this gives the Giants major upside having a coach who is familiar with multiple sides of the ball considering the Giants have struggled on offense and defense in recent years.
As I mentioned above Rhule had spent 15 years as an assistant coach 14 of those years came in the college ranks while his 1 year in the NFL came as the assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants in 2012 under Tom Coughlin. Rhule is very familiar with the Giants, ownership loves him, he knows Dave Gettleman and even grew up in New York.
Rhules first stint as a head coach came with Temple University in 2013. His first season the Owls posted a 2-10 record, 2 years later the Owls won back to back AAC conference titles in 2015 and 2016. Afterward, Rhule would depart for Baylor which was coming off a scandal that absolutely shook up the program like his first year at Temple Rhule would start off slow with a 1-11 record which was then followed by records of 7-6 and currently 11-2 playing for the sugar bowl. The Giants are currently in the midst of a rebuild and Rhule certainly has shown multiple times he can step in and turn things around.
Rhule can flat out coach
Watching the Big 12 championship really allowed the rest of the country to really get to know who Matt Rhule has not only has he turned the Baylor program around but he nearly took down rival OU in the Big 12 championship going to overtime down to his 3rd string QB. Rhule has credited much of his success to his former boss Tom Coughlin as Coughlin taught Rhule the importance of player communication and how important of a factor it is to be able to communicate as a coach towards your players.
Shurmur was seen as a coach that was way too nice. That is not the case with Matt Rhule he is one of the toughest coaches out there and will be a great factor to include when you have a young team. During Temple training camp in August a few years ago he sent his first-team offense home early because they were putting emotions and feelings on the field instead of listening to coaches. The Giants certainly could use a tough coach that can settle down his players and ensure he is in full command.