Now to talk about the General Manager.
First of all, you have to give credit to Woody Johnson and Jed Hughes for how they handled the process. Hughes’ influence was clear, as you had minimal leaks out of the Jets during the process. The reporters were grasping at little bits and pieces through the entire process. Whether there were candidates that declined the opportunity or not, the fact is they stuck to what they believed in and got the man they wanted. Good job out of both of them.
Idzik is an interesting hire. I use the word “interesting” because his biography is similar to Tannenbaum’s. The bulk of experience under his belt is that of contracts, salary cap…etc. As we talked about yesterday, he worked budgets, contracts, travel arrangements, and things like that. He does have experience in the football area, as he has coaching experience, as well as time in the personnel department with the Buccaneers. So, he has had a hand in all parts of the football front office.
It’s a new voice in the Jets organization, which is a plus. We have had the same concepts, theories…etc., for many years now. A new direction is a good thing. He also has a connection with Matt Flynn, which could be a catalyst for a trade, which will interest some Jets fans. He seemed comfortable working with Rex which will also be a good thing. The biggest key for me will be how he handles his scouting hires. Idzik will bring in some of his own guys that he is comfortable with, and they will be key. If he sets up a good personnel department, this will be a great move. If the personnel dept is lacking, we will have more of the same.
It sounds like he is not going to have the power to fire Rex after one year, which is not good. After the one year, Rex should be free to be handled by the general manager, rather than the owner. It gives the image, accurate or not, that head coach Rex Ryan has more power than the general manager. But, Idzik has the final say in personnel decisions which is great, as long as he has the right guys around him. Rex should have a say, but the GM must have the final say. Hopefully, the voices in his ear will be quality ones.
All in all it was a good day for the Jets. How good? It remains to be seen.