paulitik Posted August 21, 2015 Share Posted August 21, 2015 This is really interesting, and how a Seattle playoff win changed our and the Jets future. The Jets really wanted Quinn, and almost traded for Kirk Cousins to seal the deal.http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/mehta-jets-dumped-geno-smith-kirk-cousins-article-1.2332700?utm_content=buffer0c6c7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=mmehta+twitter How Jets almost dumped Geno Smith for Kirk CousinsHoward Simmons/New York Daily News By settling for Todd Bowles (l.) instead of Dan Quinn, the Jets also indirectly saved Geno Smith's (r.) job as starting quarterback.Geno Smith didn’t know it at the time, but his future with the Jets hung in the balance on that Tuesday afternoon seven months ago.It was just before 4 o’clock on Jan. 13, a watershed moment for a franchise looking for new leadership.An exhaustive two-week head coaching search had reached a sensitive stage. The organization’s next decision would be its most critical in years. The wrong choice might prove costly.Todd Bowles was wrapping up his second interview at the Jets facility. The Cardinals defensive coordinator was solid and steady, but Woody Johnson was still intrigued by Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who had emerged as the most coveted candidate in the league.FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HEREJohnson & Co. left their first interview with Quinn in Seattle 12 days earlier enamored with the synergy of the defending Super Bowl champs’ entire operation. The Jets wanted to replicate the dynamic between the coaching staff and front office. The vibe was just right.Quinn was extremely impressive in the meeting.The NFL’s restrictive/ridiculous interview rules had prevented Johnson and consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf from talking to Quinn again until the Seahawks were eliminated from the playoffs or the bye week before the Super Bowl, whichever came first.Johnson was prepared to take his private jet back to the Pacific Northwest on Saturday night, Jan. 10, if the Seahawks had lost to the Panthers in the divisional playoffs to close the deal and hire Quinn.The Seahawks won, setting in motion a chain of events that brought the Jets to this moment on Jan. 13.The Jets had heard rumblings that they were Quinn’s top choice. After all, he was a Jersey guy. Coming home made perfect sense, but Jets brass needed iron-clad assurance that Quinn wasn’t wavering in his belief in the Jets. Anything short of that was playing with fire.They wanted to be absolutely sure that Quinn wanted them as much as they wanted him, but time was running short. Bowles was going to board a plane the next morning for a second interview in Atlanta.Could the Jets take the chance of letting such an impressive candidate walk out the door?What if Quinn, who had interviewed with five teams and been mentioned for a late opening in Denver, didn’t have the Jets atop of his wish list?The smokescreens and shell games during coaching-search processes had turned plenty of teams into fools in the past.What if the Jets didn’t land Quinn or Bowles?Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports A Dan Quinn-coached Jets team possibly would've been led by Kirk Cousins.The organization needed to make a swift and smart move. Just before 4 p.m., decision makers started to reach out to people who might be able to provide clarity. The next two hours were critical.They needed to know: Was Quinn in or out?The Jets weren’t given any guarantees. Yes, Quinn liked the Jets, but the Falcons and others were intriguing, too. That wasn’t good enough for the Jets, who agreed to a deal with Bowles just after 7 o’clock. The Jets might have been smitten with Quinn, but Bowles was hardly a consolation prize.Atlanta’s patience, meanwhile, paid off. Quinn, whose Falcons will face the Jets on Friday , was hired the day after the Super Bowl.The Jets’ decision to hire Bowles had a ripple effect that gave Smith new life.Quinn’s plan had he been hired by the Jets included adding offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who resigned as the Browns’ play caller one week after Quinn met with Johnson. Shanahan’s vision didn’t include Smith, according to people familiar with the coordinator’s thinking.Sources told the Daily News that the former Washington play-caller wanted to trade for former pupil Kirk Cousins, who showed promise in two years under Shanahan. Cousins, stuck behind Robert Griffin III on the depth chart, was Shanahan’s primary target to run his offense in New York.The Jets’ concurrent head coaching and general manager searches made for an interesting dynamic. Quinn told friends that he wanted to bring former Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik aboard in some capacity.Although Casserly contacted Dominik, the Jets never formally interviewed him for a front-office role. Shanahan believed that Dominik, who worked for five years in Tampa with Washington president Bruce Allen, could facilitate a deal for Cousins, according to sources.Shanahan had an affinity for the Washington signal-caller despite his 2-7 record as a starter (with four 100-plus passer rating games) in his three seasons.Instead, Bowles’ arrival gave Smith a chance at redemption before his jaw was broken in a locker-room altercation last week. Smith would have been marginalized from the get-go under Quinn if/when the Jets traded for Cousins.“He’d be a middle-of-the-road starter right now,” one NFC scout said of Cousins. “He has all the intangibles to ascend, but needs to make better decisions with the ball.”Cousins might have been the answer for a franchise that has been desperately searching for a quarterback for five decades. Or he might have made no difference at all.We’ll never know. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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