He arrived in 2012 and two things about Matt Rhule were immediately clear to the experienced coaches: he didn't know much about the position assigned to him and was still overqualified for the job.
So it might have been a strange fit that Tom Coughlin hired Rhule as an assistant to the Giants' offensive coach and worked with veterans who had one and, in some cases, two Super Bowl rings.
At the end of this season, Rhule was on the offensive every Friday and presented the goal line. Rhule was gone after this season, his only trip to the NFL. He made quite an impression with the Giants in a short time.
"We attacked him immediately," former Giants guard Chris Snee told The Post. “He always asked us questions and we thought a lot about him back then. This speaks volumes for a newcomer. You could see immediately how smart he was. When he was fully committed to something – he never played offensively, didn't know much about it – he was very competent at the end of the year. You could see his mental state.
"The players, not just the offensive players, liked him more and more and I'm not surprised that he was so successful as head coach at two different stations."
Eight years later, Rhule could return to the NFL and the Giants. He interviews Tuesday for her head coaching position, a day after meeting with the Panthers about her opening. Rhule, 44, is 47-42 as the head coach at Temple and Baylor and his resume cannot match the performance of Mike McCarthy, who tops the list of Giants.
However, Rhule is a program builder who has successfully carried out renovation projects in North Philadelphia and Waco, Texas. He is familiar with Giants property and General Manager Dave Gettleman, who headed Human Resources last year when Rhule was in the Giants building.
Rhule went 2: 10 in his first season at Temple and 10: 4 two years later. He went 1-11 in his first year at Baylor and 11-3 in his first year. For the past three years, the Giants have been 3-13, 5-11 and 4-12. You need someone who can make a profit from losing.
"I think he is a heckuva head coach, his work speaks for itself. But just as he comes in and changes the culture, he changes it properly," said Snee. "He's a great job everywhere, whether in New York or Carolina or whoever needs a head coach."
It suggests something about Rhule that he spent so little time with the Giants, and yet the offensive veterans he worked with – Snee, David Diehl, and Kevin Boothe – are wearing only good things now or in the past yourself.
When he left the Giants for the temple, Diehl said he understood why Rhule was destined to become head coach.
"From the moment he came here and became our assistant, you could tell he was passionate about football," said Diehl. “He loves the games; He loves to be around. He is a guy who brings us this energy into the offensive space every day. He not only looks at us from the front, but can also read things with linebackers and coverages that actually influence what happens to us from the front. Not many people can do that. "
Snee is currently working in the Jaguar Education Department. He was on the right hat for the Giants for nine years and still lives in New Jersey. He knows what makes the giants tick and probably has a good idea of what they need to reverse their surgery.
He thinks Rhule – born and raised in New York City – is the answer.
"After everything I've seen, he's definitely got the right makeup," said Snee. "He will not be unsettled. With a younger team, I think he would be great, I really do. There are no BS about him. There are no lint. You only see what he says to his Baylor children, he is open He doesn't like many of those guys who don't communicate with the team and suddenly they're gone. He says, "Listen, if I have an NFL job, I'll take him on." You have to respect that.
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