Take a look at what he had to say about building a winning team:
Hopefully you got a sense of it from my comments before. It has to start from the people in the building, the players, coaches, scouts, football operations (and) business operations. We will develop a Jet profile and you develop that profile that they “Play like a Jet.” That’s first and foremost. And of course you start to evaluate their football acumen and everything else pieces together. In terms of a more specific football philosophy, that’s for Rex and I to sit down and (talk about). We’ve already begun that, but we will continue to do that in the days to come, to be very discrete in what we want to do to win games and mesh that up to the types of players that we want to bring in.
Notice that word “discrete”? That’s an interesting word when you are talking about the New York Jets. Does anyone remember the last time the Jets were “discrete” about anything? Not me. Clearly, that is the attitude that they are going to keep things a bit more “close to the vest”, and concentrate on their jobs, rather than outside distractions. They are going to deal with their reality, not perception.
He addressed this a bit more when talking about the notion that nobody wanted the GM job:
Everyone is going to have their opinions and I don’t deal with much in perception to be honest. I deal with reality. The reality here is I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures anyone can ask for. For one, we have some of the most fervent, passionate fans in the National Football League. I’ve experienced what an advantage that can be in Seattle, Tampa (Bay) and Arizona. I feel that here. We have a state-of-the-art stadium to play in. We have a state-of-the-art facility. The people in this building are tremendous. That’s reality to me. The more I got to know about the people here, the fans here, the environment here, the facilities, I think the football infrastructure is second to none. My personal opinion is, (it is) one of the best opportunities that you could have.
Again, talking about reality, not perception. That is a big change from the past. The Jets need to handle their own jobs, and not deal with the circus perception. That is what John Idzik’s attitude is, and that is a great sign, and a sign that change is coming to Florham Park, NJ.
But, that was a day of words. Words are not going to do it for us. We have heard many, many words in the past, haven’t we? We, as Jets fans, need action. Actions will determine what John Idzik’s legacy.