John Idzik and Rex Ryan. They are in one of the most unusual situations possible, with Idzik set as the long-term GM, and Rex Ryan possibly on his last legs as Jets head coach. It certainly has the potential for being one of the most interesting front office situations that you could possibly have.
So the question is, who has the power, and how will they work together? And I don’t mean based on what they say. We know they are going to make the correct statements about how the system will work. But we have said it many times before, actions are going to dictate how this situation plays out. There was a lot of discussion during the Tanny days, saying that the one calling the shots was emphatically not Tannenbaum, but Rex after all. Whether Rex was dominating, or Mike was too easy with Rex, that is the theory. If Rex wanted a player, Rex got that player.
So, we are going into the first Idzik/Ryan draft. Who will be calling the shots, Idzik or coach Ryan? How can we tell? I believe we will get a clear indication, but not when you would think. A lot of times, we put a great deal of attention on whom the team chooses with their first round pick. I, however, am looking later on. Specifically, whom the Jets choose either with their second round pick, or a late first round pick if they make a trade. He’s an interesting player to watch, and would give us a clear indication. His name?