The New York Jets have made a lot of bad decisions through the years. Administratively, with coaching staff, and with players, the decisions made have often been memorable. Heck, as we all know, we can all go to YouTube and watch video that brings a medley of Jets’ mistakes.
However, the Jets have started this year with a great move, that may prove to be brilliant, story to be told in the years to come. Who am I talking about? John Idzik, the perfect man for the GM job with the team. We have talked about John a lot in recent weeks, but his work in revamping this team over the past few months deserves more discussion.
Just the fact that he comes from the outside is a major step up. Why? Because he had no allegiances to any of the current players. We know how Rex feels about his guys, Bart, Calvin Pace, …etc. Who is to say that if Rex had the final word, any of these guys would have been released? It’s only natural for this type of thing to happen. Every coach has guys that are “his guys”. You need a guy in the front office that doesn’t have ties to these guys, that will have no second thought at getting rid of them if needed. John Idzik has been exactly that guy.
That includes Darrelle Revis by the way. Of course the move was controversial, for everyone who loved it there was someone who hated it. No matter how you feel about the trade, the fact is, a GM with ties to Darrelle could not have made the move. An outside influence, that is making moves solely for the good of the team, was the only type that could make that trade, and that is what John Idzik is. Kudos to him for having the conviction to make it.
He also is perfectly creative, which was essential when he walked into the Tannenbaum salary graveyard. The Jets were in such bad shape, and they are still not totally out of it thanks to the Sanchez contract, that John was handcuffed out of a lot of moves. He had to look creatively, for the underpriced, but high reward type of moves. Willie Colon, Mike Goodson, Antwan Barnes, and Dawan Landry are perfect examples. In life, and especially in our current economy, we all have to get the most value for our dollar. John Idzik is doing exactly that.