The Matt Campbell to the NFL rumors could be picking up some steam.
A new report from CBS Sports says that Matt Campbell will talk to officials regarding the Jets job, which recently opened after Adam Gase was fired.
According to the report, “Sources said Jets owner Chris Johnson remains very interested and general manager Joe Douglas, leading his first coach search, is also very high on Campbell.”
Interestingly, this report comes out shortly after multiple NFL insiders reported that Campbell was too “buddy-buddy” with his players, which meant some around the league felt he wasn’t a fit.
Matt Campbell has remained one of the hot names in all coaching searches after he just finished off a 9-3 season which the Cyclones that was capped off with a win in the Fiesta Bowl over Oregon last week.
With all this being said, Campbell remains a likely long shot for the job as he’s remained fiercely loyal to Iowa State in recent off-seasons, despite lots of interest from other programs. Plus, he has key players like Brock Purdy and Mike Rose returning in 2021, when Iowa State will remain one of the best teams in the conference.
The story also says the Jets plan to speak with Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
UPDATE: Saturday, January 1st, 5:44 PM CST
A new report from the Des Moines Register has refuted the report, saying, “A source close to the Iowa State football program and Campbell on Saturday afternoon refuted to The Register a report that Campbell would talk to the Jets about replacing fired coach Adam Gase.”
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