As Falcons head coach Dan Quinn looks ahead to his matchup with the Jets this Sunday, he can't help but think about how he was almost the coach of the Jets.
Back in 2015, Quinn was approached by the Jets about their coaching vacancy after they ousted Rex Ryan. He had history with the Jets coaching their defensive line for two seasons.
"At the time, I got a chance to visit with Woody (Johnson) and I believe Ron Wolf was part of the process there, so at the time I don't think they had a General Manger if I'm not mistaken," Quinn explained. "I've always had a lot of respect for Woody from being there two years, and we both enjoyed the fight game, and I think even one of the fights at The Garden. ...That process was, for any coach to go through, it's an awesome thing to get a chances to talk about a team and their organization, and the Jets are certainly an organization that, starting from ownership, that I really respected."
Growing up in Morristown, NJ, Quinn is familiar with the area and was just a few miles away from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. But, looking back on it, he doesn't believe he would've been offered the job in the end.
"No, not looking back on it," Quinn said. "We were still kind of right in the middle of our stuff, and fortunately we were able to keep playing, so it made it certainly more challenging for anybody the more we were playing. But no, things worked out as they should have, and Todd (Bowles) is doing a great job there and I am really happy here."
Quinn still remembers his time with the Jets, and how 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee Brett Favre showed him exactly what a true competitor looks like.
"I think in '08 Brett (Favre) got there, and I think he came during training camp," Quinn recalled. "The trade took place where Chad (Pennington) went down to Miami and Brett came on board -- just finding out the competitor that he weas was good to see. I had a great time coaching there, guys like Kris Jenkins, who I just thought was an excellent guy to coach, and Shaun Ellis. That time looking back, I'd say more on the players that I met during that time and got to coach -- the David Bowens, and coaching guys like Eric Barton and Bryan Thomas, that crew was a lot of fun to coach and a lot of fun to be around."
Quinn is definitely having fun with his Falcons as they made a Super Bowl run last season. However, his team sits third in the NFC South with a 3-3 record as they travel to MetLife Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.