The newest voice in Zach Wilson’s ear could be a big help to the rookie quarterback.
The Jets hired Matt Cavanaugh as a senior offensive assistant, a source told The Post. It is Cavanaugh’s second stint with the Jets. He served as quarterbacks coach from 2009-12 — the first four years of the Mark Sanchez era.
“Cav is an awesome coach,” Cardinals quarterback Colt McCoy told The Post. “It’s always nice to play for a guy who played the position: He sees the game as a quarterback. He is very detail-oriented and structured, which for a young quarterback could be very beneficial.”
Cavanaugh and McCoy spent five seasons together with Washington, where Cavanaugh was exposed to the Jets’ current offensive system. Kyle Shanahan was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010-13, Sean McVay took over the reins from 2014-16 with Cavanaugh as quarterbacks coach for two seasons, and Cavanaugh inherited the job as offensive coordinator in 2017.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur are from the Shanahan coaching tree. The staff had a vacancy after the tragic death of Gregg Knapp on July 22.
Cavanaugh, who was name-dropped Wednesday by Wilson for their communication, joined the Jets in a limited capacity earlier in training camp. His responsibilities will increase later this week, when he is expected to clear the COVID-19 entry protocols. He also should benefit backups Mike White and James Morgan — neither of whom has taken a regular-season snap.
“My career was pretty much as a backup quarterback,” Cavanaugh, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in 1990, told The Post last November. “And I’ve always felt that being able to come on the field and fill in for somebody, you needed the ability to make good decisions and have some mobility.”
Brian Costello contributed to this report.