Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Do Not Blame New York Jets’ GM John Idzik for David Garrard or Mike Goodson


The mainstream media has made a big deal out of nothing again, folks.

Shocker! Hold back your surprise now. But yes, again, the mainstream Jets’ reporters are at it again, making a big deal out of something that it’s not.

I am sure others did this as well, but Rich Cimini’s article was the one I could find, so he will be our example.

In his “Sunday Notes” this past week, Rich took on the Garrard and Goodson situations.  You know them, we don’t have to re-hash.  Garrard retires, Goodson gets arrested.

My point is Rich partially blaming Idzik for bringing these two guys in to begin with.  Rich talked about the “calculated risk” due to Garrard’s injury, and Goodson’s “character concerns”.  He calls these moves his first two mistakes.

Well, that’s really easy to say when one guy retired, and the other guy has gotten himself into a compromising situation.  Wow Rich, call the signings a mistake.  That’s some insight right there.  That’s why he is at ESPN, and we get to talk here on a daily basis.

The trouble is that Rich isn’t being fair.  Shocker, I know, coming from a mainstream Jets’ reporter, but it’s true.

First on David Garrard. Yes, he was a calculated risk based on his knee. That’s anybody. It’s not like the Jets’ medical staff doesn’t check players out. They did end their interest in Josh Cribbs because of his knee. The Jets looked into Garrard and felt it was a safe bet. How was Idzik to know that Garrard’s knee wouldn’t even hold up through OTAs? He can only go by what his medical staff tells him. If they tell him he is OK to sign, that is what Idzik is going to do. Period.

Now on Mike Goodson. What is Idzik expected to do, babysit the guy? Send someone to follow him around? Character concerns are one thing, but having an attitude in the locker room doesn’t guarantee a translation into this. Just because he wasn’t everyone’s favorite player in the locker room, doesn’t mean this kind of stupidity is going to happen. As our writer Sean would say, “Child please!”. This is not Idzik’s fault. Stop.

Although this is far from surprising out of Rich or any of the major reporters, it doesn’t make it so. Come on now. These are not blemishes on the Idzik record.

Tags: David Garrard John Idzik Mike Goodson New York Jets

  • matr dontelli iii

    while you can’t fault idzik for signing garrard (there was really nobody else worthwhile available) i put a heaping helping of blame on idzik for the goodson debacle. he has preached competition from day one. goodson knows he’s fighting for playing time. he knew he had to bring the heat and now look what happens. i completely blame idzik! truth, justice and the american way! :-)

    • TheJetPress

      hey…goodson brought the heat…so much so that he was actually packing it LOL

  • Dustin Schrank

    rich is a worthless reporter who hates the Jets, its impossible for rich to be positive about the Jets.

    • TheJetPress

      It’s amazing how negative he is sometimes.

    • matr dontelli iii

      dick cimini works for espn. the only people espn hasn’t ruined are the radio team for the jets, marty, bob and greg. anyone else i’ve heard on espn drones on like an imbecile, usually contradicting themselves constantly. espn is the worst thing to ever happen in the history of sports. ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ronbo19 Ron Alexander

    Jordan, while I’m not aware exactly how much homework Idzik did in checking out Goodson before signing him, i do believe it will be his fault if he fails to send the proper message here. Whether Goodson actually had the gun or the drugs is only a part of the issue here.When Idzik cut the two free agents last week he sent a strong message;the circus has left town! If he allows Goodson to remain a Jet after being involved basically for the same type of negative activity, one would certianly question, has the circus really left town? I’m hearing and reading those who question whether or not Goodson had the gun or drugs or if he even knew they were in the car? I can tell you one thing with 100% certianty, when I get in a car with my friends, i know that none of them is carrying either of those items.Obviously we cannot choose our relatives, but we can certianly choose our friends.Clearly,Goodson made the wrong choice,leaveing Idzik two choices. it will
    be interesting to see which choice he makes.

    • TheJetPress

      All fair Ron. You can definitely blame Idzik for how he decides to move based on what has happened. It will be interesting to see.
      PS Not sure who you are addressing when you write “Jordan”, my name is Alan. I’ve been called worse LOL

    • matr dontelli iii

      I’m not big on guns or being around them. Idzik is in the business of winning football games and putting together a system which will make winning sustainable. While I’m disappointed in Goodson’s decision making, I would be more disappointed in idzik if he got rid of Goodson before letting this play out. This is not a league of altar boys. If he tries to run the team that way he’ll be fighting an uphill battle. His boss is Johnson, not dick cimini nor mannish Mehta. His job is to produce on the field, not for the press. I’d rather have a bunch of guys who are easy to root for on the team than a bunch of thugs. I’d more rather root for a winning team with a few problem children than a losing team that stays out of trouble.

  • Piazza31nyj

    Personally, Im a big Idzik supporter. These two signings were not on him. Plus, Goodson can still contribute this year. We can’t say it was a bad signing until he plays.

    • TheJetPress

      Totally agree. Can only judge good signing vs bad signing on field performance, not on this off the field nonsense.

  • Frank Antonelli

    The real circus is in the media tent and the head bozo is the incompetent and idiotic Cimini.

    • TheJetPress

      Can we fit him for a wig and a big red nose?

      • matr dontelli iii

        judging by what he writes, i’d say the nose is pretty red each time he sits at his computer.