Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News posted a story on Friday detailing how New York Jets almost traded for Kirk Cousins and dumped Geno Smith.
Mehta wrote that the Jets really wanted to hire Dan Quinn as their next head coach and he wanted to bring in Kyle Shanahan as his next offensive coordinator.
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.
Mehta says Quinn wanted to bring in Mark Dominik in order to help trade for Cousins.
Of course none of this happened and the Jets ended up hiring Todd Bowles as their next head coach and he ended up giving Geno Smith another chance.