New York Jets Free Agency 2013: Thoughts on the First Week

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Very quietly, John Idzik did a terrific job with the Jets for this first week of the new league year.

The first week of the new league year, and thus, free agency, has come and gone. OK not entirely, the first week will be history on Tuesday afternoon at 4 PM. But, the bulk of the week has come and gone, so this is as good of a time as any to g back and look at how this week played out.

All in all, John Idzik and company did a terrific job.

With John Idzik making his debut as a general manager, we really had no idea what to expect. We heard what he had to say, about building through the draft, about “sustainable success”, and how there will be competition brought in at every position. But, this is basically all talk, until something is done. We all have heard a lot of words, as Jets fans, and are tired of them. We want to see actions from our Jets’ employees. Talk is cheap, we want to see action. So, let’s talk about this past week, what do we think?

(Note: We are only talking about Free Agency week, not about moves that occurred beforehand.)

This opening of free agency can really be broken down into two sections. The first was the early part of the week, where the Jets were basically lining all their ducks in a row. You can call it the “Cool Hand Luke” approach, or whatever else you like. People, OK media members like our friends at the NY Daily News were shredding the Jets. But there was no reason for it.

When you take the entire week into account, it becomes clear what John Idzik was doing, and it was EXACTLY the right way to go about things. Over the first few days, as big names were falling off the board, we heard nothing from the New York Jets. What were they doing? They were lining up their ducks. John Idzik knows he has salary problems (thanks Tanny), so he spent the first couple of days working on fixing them.

Securing contract re-structures from Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes were brilliant moves, and moves that had to be made. In a league where you have a hard salary cap, you constantly have to work to keep your contracts friendly to the salary cap, if you ever hope to make any moves. So, instead of trying to invent crazy contracts for new players just for the sake of doing so, the Jets worked to get their money in order. They didn’t spend to spend, they prepared to spend APPROPRIATELY.

A plan? In Florham Park? What a concept!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    I will say this about all the “moves” up to this point, it certainly takes a lot of conviction to do it this way. If the Jets are to rebuild effectively it should take 3+ years in which to do so to get to the point of becoming playoff contenders. That is definitely the path we’re on but the proof will be in this years draft which is chock full of very good talent, but not at the positions that create headlines. Very athletic and impact OL’s, LB’s and a smattering of DL’s and TE’s are the best picks in the upcoming draft and it’s these types of “meat and potatoes” position players that we need to stock up on. Unless Idzik has had his eye on a college player at the RB, QB or WR positions for a good couple of years now, there is no reason to be looking to pick anyone at these positions in an early round. Next year should prove to be much more fruitful at the glory positions and with the Jets letting all their free agency eligible players go elsewhere, they should have an abundance of picks to start getting the offense into shape next year. Employing the “we’re going to draft the most talented player available” strategy would say to me that John Idzik is going to take us nowhere. I hope this isn’t the case otherwise it’s going to be a long decade for us true Jets fans…

    • TheJetPress

      Hi John,
      I agree with you on the conviction of John Idzik. Anyone who says Rex is in charge is crazy, clearly Idzik is in charge, and he has a plan. This plan will work.

      Thanks for saying that about the draft….I have always hated to draft the”best player available”. Draft the best players at the positions of need.

      Alan