Christopher Johnson: Jets QB plan “shaping up as something pretty magnificent”

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Before Kirk Cousins signed with the Vikings, the Jets pursued the free agent quarterback and are believed to have offered him more money than he got in his deal in Minnesota.

Speaking from the league meetings on Sunday, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson didn’t delve into specifics of the offer but did admit to “absolutely” being disappointed that they could not bring Cousins into the fold. He quickly pivoted to a wholehearted endorsement of the team’s quick pivot to other plans at the position.

The Jets re-signed Josh McCown, signed Teddy Bridgewater and made a trade with the Colts that moved them up to the No. 3 pick in the draft.

“We moved very quickly to Plan B,” Johnson said, via the New York Daily News. “It’s almost a shame to call it Plan B, because it’s shaping up as something pretty magnificent. I’m pretty excited about it. We did so swiftly. It doesn’t hurt it all that we now have an awful lot of money that we were thinking we might be sending out the door to one player. Now [we] have that back with us and we can spread that out over a lot of other players over the next few years.”

If the Jets do come up with something magnificent at quarterback, missing out on Cousins will become a sidebar in a bigger story about the team finally getting it right under center. It will be some time before we know whether Johnson’s faith in that outcome will come to fruition.

22 responses to “Christopher Johnson: Jets QB plan “shaping up as something pretty magnificent”

  1. McCown, best days behind him. Bridgewater, question marks abound. Possible 3rd QB taken in the draft. I guess to a Jets fan that is “pretty magnificent”.

  2. They’re drafting a QB. Like it’s never been done before. How magnificent. Jets being Jets.

  3. It is so premature to call any move magnificent until after you win a Super Bowl. Anything short of winning a Super Bowl is short of magnificent.

  4. Jets may sound excited about their current roster moves but it still says a lot about the team when two highly ranked free agents in Cousins and Suh are both offered the most money and both turned them down flat.

  5. At east they were wise to rescind the offer to Suh. He was all anbout the money and nothing else. Dirty player, selfish ways!

  6. searay18 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 10:03 am
    McCown, best days behind him. Bridgewater, question marks abound. Possible 3rd QB taken in the draft. I guess to a Jets fan that is “pretty magnificent”.

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    I think they have played it smart. As a Pats fan I take it as a sign that we cant count on the Jets stubbing their toes forever. They might have a brain trust now that can get it right.

  7. Maccagnan has no history of drafting a a good QB. Petty & Hackenberg with Jets. Don’t believe Texans ever drafted a top QB until post Maccagnan (DeShaun Watson). Bill O’Brien knew Hackenberg better than anyone and he/Texans signed Brock Osweiler for big $ rather than draft Hackenberg.
    Mike Zimmer kept threatening to start Bridgewater (over Keenum) but never did. The so-called experts said they see him everyday so they obviously know he’s ready to play.
    If he’s notready to compete for Jets, I would Vikings GM will have Zimmer on a short leash. Especially after going to NFC Championship game and now adding Cousins.
    I fully expect Bridgewater to be ready and not sure the Jets go QB. Barkley or Chubb?

  8. Their plan B was massively over paying to move up a mere 3 spots in the draft. Even if the QB they get is a hit, they still lost part of the future badly in valuable picks.

  9. Yep… with Josh McCown being the best of a bunch that also includes Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenburg and whomever gets drafter second overall, I guess that’s their definition of “pretty magnificent”, or “great”, or “terrific, or “fantastic”, or “yuge”…

  10. “McCown, best days behind him. Bridgewater, question marks abound. Possible 3rd QB taken in the draft. I guess to a Jets fan that is “pretty magnificent”.

    Yes, out of context that’s not that great right? But the reality is the Jets QB room stunk for a long time. Now Petty and Hackenberg are out.

    McCown is a gift to the locker room and will be a mentor/coach. Bridgewater for 500,000? Why not. Low risk high reward. And either Rosen, Mayfield or Allen?

    If you don’t think that’s a zillion times better than last year your nuts.

    And I for one think Chris Johnson is a vast improvement over his brother. His answer to the anthem issue – locking arms with players on the field – was genius. I know we don’t win, but we handled that batter than any team. Maybe we have a good leader finally.

  11. gridironczar says:
    March 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Maccagnan has no history of drafting a a good QB. Petty & Hackenberg with Jets. Don’t believe Texans ever drafted a top QB until post Maccagnan (DeShaun Watson). Bill O’Brien knew Hackenberg better than anyone and he/Texans signed Brock Osweiler for big $ rather than draft Hackenberg.
    Mike Zimmer kept threatening to start Bridgewater (over Keenum) but never did. The so-called experts said they see him everyday so they obviously know he’s ready to play.
    If he’s notready to compete for Jets, I would Vikings GM will have Zimmer on a short leash. Especially after going to NFC Championship game and now adding Cousins.
    I fully expect Bridgewater to be ready and not sure the Jets go QB. Barkley or Chubb?
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    Bridewater was never really ready to play an the mere fact that the team that saw him practice every single day for 2 years and De-activated him for the playoffs tells you all you need to know about him being physically ready to play, he wasnt. Also the NFL must have agreed with that notion because he was signed for 500k which is next to nothing which also should tell you there was minimal market even in a back up roll.

  12. I love Teddy, but admittedly its not very often that you hear the words “pretty magnificent” in the same conversion with the names Bridgewater and McCown.

  13. gridironczar says:
    March 26, 2018 at 11:15 am
    Maccagnan has no history of drafting a a good QB. Petty & Hackenberg with Jets. Don’t believe Texans ever drafted a top QB until post Maccagnan (DeShaun Watson). Bill O’Brien knew Hackenberg better than anyone and he/Texans signed Brock Osweiler for big $ rather than draft Hackenberg.
    Mike Zimmer kept threatening to start Bridgewater (over Keenum) but never did. The so-called experts said they see him everyday so they obviously know he’s ready to play.
    If he’s notready to compete for Jets, I would Vikings GM will have Zimmer on a short leash. Especially after going to NFC Championship game and now adding Cousins.
    I fully expect Bridgewater to be ready and not sure the Jets go QB. Barkley or Chubb?
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    Unless the Browns realize there are more than 2 good QB’s in this years draft. Which would allow them to take Barkley at #1, Giants go Chubb at #2 and they pickup whichever QB the Jets look past at #4? Giving the Browns the best player in the draft in Barkley and the 2nd best QB, which is anybody’s guess out of Darnold, Rosen, Mayfield or Jackson. They all seem pretty competent at their positions.

  14. thegonz13 says:
    March 26, 2018 at 11:25 am
    Yep… with Josh McCown being the best of a bunch that also includes Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenburg and whomever gets drafter second overall, I guess that’s their definition of “pretty magnificent”, or “great”, or “terrific, or “fantastic”, or “yuge”…

    Unless McCown retires, this should work out well in getting 2 or 3 draft choices back. Best case-Bridgewater starts the season as your 1, #3 pick as 2, and Hackenberg as 3 with McCown and Petty traded during preseason. Worst case-McCown has nothing left, Bridgewater isn’t durable, #3 pick needs a redshirt year, and Petty sharts week 1.

  15. granadafan says:
    March 26, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Their plan B was massively over paying to move up a mere 3 spots in the draft. Even if the QB they get is a hit, they still lost part of the future badly in valuable picks.

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    If they actually get it right and draft a good franchise QB then nobody will care or even mention what they gave up….. now if they screw up the pick and get another bust well that’s a different story

  16. Their plan B was massively over paying to move up a mere 3 spots in the draft. Even if the QB they get is a hit, they still lost part of the future badly in valuable picks.

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    Yeah, I am sure Eagles fans and Rams fan really care about what they gave up. They have their franchise QB’s for a some time to come.

  17. Jets trade up and select a guy who turns out to be below average. After a few years they decide to move on.
    This means the Jets wont be a serious playoff contender until 2022 at the earliest.

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