May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan (left) and general manager John Idzik (right) during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik on Jets Coach Rex Ryan: “A Joy to Work With Him”


The old guard and the new guard, pictured here to the right, watching their football team work out. We could scrutinize to no end, how this relationship is going turn out in the end. Heck, we have done that a lot already, so we won’t beat that dead horse.

With minicamp coming to an end yesterday, John Idzik addressed the media, and one of the topics was working with Rex Ryan. Here is what he had to say:

He’s been fantastic. From day one, I kind of jumped in mid-stride and we started hiring coaches together, interviewing and hiring coaches together, going to free agency, evaluating our roster, draft, post-draft signings, minicamps, now we’re getting into more football type things. In a very condensed period of time, we’ve had a lot of varied experience together and it’s all been good. He’s a joy to work with. As you guys know, he makes it fun. I think he’s been energized. He’s a great teacher. My observations have been that he’s been energized by the whole thing and certainly I have (been) too. It’s been a joy to work with him.

Whether the relationship continues past 2013 or not, Idzik and Ryan are at least showing the world that they are a team that can work together. We can only hope that continues.

He addressed other minicamp issues, such as the WR’s and the drops:

It was (a rough couple of weeks). There’s a couple factors there I think. One, we have a new offensive system, practically the entire side of the ball, (except for) the receivers coach, the new coaches on the staff. So there’s a lot of newness that way in just the installation. We’re relatively young. And, we had some soft tissues type stuff, some minor stuff, that kept guys out, so it limited their reps a little bit. I think all things considered, there’s a lot going on. Like I said, we’ve filled their heads to the brim with that and you may miss a little time, some may miss a little time with a strain here or there, that factors in. But, is that a concern? That may be a little strong. It’s still early, we’re in the installation phases. There is an orientation of sort to our offense for the young guys, to the NFL. There’s a lot of factors going on and we’ll just keep pushing forward.

And he still won’t bite, no matter how often the beat guys ask about signings, such as Winslow:

We’ll talk about that. What’s nice about minicamp environments is you get three days. Unlike when you bring veterans in, or street guys in for free agent workouts, you may get them out on the field for 45 minutes, an hour. In minicamps we get three days with them and we’ll get to teach them some things and see how they apply it. We thought Kellen (Winslow) did a nice job given the fact that you get off a plane, you get into a meeting and a couple hours later you’re out on the field. I think all things considered, he did a pretty good job.

It’s about 6 weeks from here until training camp. You have to love how Idizk will not give out any hints on anything. Isn’t it refreshing? He gives off a very quiet confidence. We shall see how it translates as we move forward.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    idzik and ryan are both football lifers. it’s all they know and they know it well. rex could have been fired after last season’s mess but woodhead decided to spare him and fire the real culprit (mr. t.) and give ryan one more chance with a real gm running the show. idzik talked real nice about the front office before canning half of them (or more). now he’s talking up rex. rex is a great coach as is evidenced by the playoff runs in his first two years with a qb that most of the free world considers the worst starter in the nfl. woodhead johnson has never hired an experienced head coach or gm. i guess he can’t afford it. he hasn’t sold enough psls. that’s probably also why his stupid tie don’t match the team’s colours, the doofus he is. maybe i should send him my 30% off coupon from kohls. when you hire an inexperienced head coach you must give him time to grow into the job. he’s been to the playoffs two out of four years and now he’s got a team where apparently nobody can catch the ball- you can’t pin that on rex. i can only hope that idzik is sincere and not just saying what needs to be said to keep rex on top of his game. the defense should be tremendous this year and there’s money to be spent next year on some guys that can catch. the future’s bright. i’d hate to see rex go somewhere else and win.

    • TheJetPress

      Not a bad idea about your coupon, matr…lol And I agree, would hate to see Rex be gone.

  • Paul Newbold

    Idjik has a long way to go to straighten out this organization, but I’ve liked what he’s done so far, especially the “organizational hiring and firings”. Rex I’ve tired of, I thought he should have been let go last season. These are nice words from Idjik concerning Rex, but hardly an endorsement. Most GM’s like to hand pick their head coaches, so we’ll see at the end of the season (or earlier) if these words are just good PR or the real deal. My expectation is Ryan will be gone and Idjik hand picks his own head coach of the future.

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Paul. It very possibly could turn into lip service, but it sounds good for now.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Fans are just clueless sometimes. What would have happened if the Giants had fired Coughlin? Sometimes you have to look past the wins and losses and evaluate the man. This is his first head coaching job and he’s learned a lot. He’s hopefully coming into his own. Also, Rex has a winning record as a Jets coach while the team’s overall record since inception is below 500.

    • TheJetPress

      Don’t have to convince me…I love Rex. Hopefully it works out.