Matt Rhule just could not say "I do" when it came to the Jets job.
The Baylor head coach, who interviewed with the Jets, spoke publicly on Friday for the first time since the Jets decided to hire Adam Gase as their new head coach.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported that Rhule withdrew his name from the running after the Jets wanted him to choose his coaching staff from a list of assistants they would provide.
Rhule, without naming the Jets specifically, appeared to confirm that -- or at the very least, made his philosophy about accepting a head coaching job very clear.
"I don't want to say anything about THAT job ... at the end of the day, I'm never going to be in an arranged marriage," he said on ESPN 1660 in Dallas. "I'm never going to sub-contract out jobs for offense and defense. I'm always going to hire people I believe in ... and are going to do things our way."
Rhule did not say whether or not he was offered the job but he was among three final candidates that included Gase and former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.