Unless Kliff negotiated something on taking the job that he really really really wanted Kyler Murray
This is what I keep coming back to that makes me think maybe. Especially since they came to terms with him so fast.
Yeah, and Kingsbury signed with the Cardinals BEFORE the Jets signed Gase (despite Gase having interviewed on Jan 4th BEFORE Kingsbury).
What did the Cardinals offer that made him sign on the spot and not seek a competing offer from the Jets?
As much as the Jets like to save face and say they never offered Kingsbury a job, having the #1 overall pick had to be an attractive selling point, especially when the Jets had their QB of the future that maybe Kliff didn't like.
Hopefully Gase wins the Jets two Super Bowls, but I'm not sure I fully buy "Jets never made an offer to Kingsbury". Sounds like saving face. That said, Gase was still a great hire for the Jets, he gets and Andy Reid pass since the GM'ing in Miami was terrible and Gase had no business winning as many games as he did.