Yesterday, we met John Idzik for the first official time, and we heard from owner and CEO Woody Johnson along with coach Rex Ryan. Aside from the new addition to the front office (Idzik), a big topic of conversation was Darrelle Revis. If you haven’t heard by now, the rumor is out there that the Jets are going to explore trading their All-World cornerback. We have talked about the merits previously, that’s not the point tonight. Tonight I want to talk about how the Jets responded.
During his time with the media, Woody Johnson had no idea where that report came from:
I don’t know where that came from. But I have never, for the 10 years that I’ve been talking to you guys, I’ve never said anything about comments about contracts or anything like that.
But, when asked the follow up question about signing Darrelle long term, Woody had this to say:
I think that’s something that once again, I think we’re going to have to wait. Darrelle’s a great player, he’s very well known in the league and rightfully so. But I think we’re going to go through, just as John said in his press conference, we’re going to carefully go through the roster and evaluate it and look at it strategically as we move forward.
New GM Idzik’s response was similar about the subject of trading Revis:
I think it’s way premature to say anything specific. Again, I haven’t even had the chance to sit down and thoroughly vet through our roster with Rex, his staff (and) with our personnel staff. I think it would be presumptuous to say anything like that.
Most interesting was what coach Ryan had to say about Revis, whom we all know he has loved, on whether Revis will be a Jet in 2013:
I think you have to understand that our situation is that it’s John’s first day on the job. He’s the general manager. There’s going to be a process where we’re going through Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or whoever, we’re going through no matter the great players, maybe not as great players, everybody is going to be going through the same process. Anytime you’re a new general manager coming in, you obviously get everybody’s opinions and, at the end of the day, he will formulate his own opinions. That’s with everybody.
With a new general manager in town, it is more than appropriate to not be specific as far as the roster. Everyone needs to be evaluated, and that includes your stars. Darrelle Revis is no different. It was just uniquely silent of the Jets that when asked about trading him, they said, “I don’t know where that report came from.”, but when asked if they are going to keep him, they said, “Well we are not necessarily saying that either.”
Change is coming to the Jets organization. That I have no doubt.