Is John Idzik Responsible for the New York Jets’ Loss to the Tennessee Titans?

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Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik during warmups before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As I watched this game Sunday, I turned it off. Came back, turned it back on. Every play irritated the hell out of me. I had one overwhelming thought throughout the course of the night. I blame John Idzik. Of course when you’re a fan you have to point the finger at someone, but in this case I just can’t seem to shake this feeling. I wrote a blog back in July about waiting to say how much better than Mike Tannenbaum the new GM Idzik would be. We all said Tannenbaum was terrible because of the salary cap issues the Jets had, even though 95% of what Idzik did, were just moves Tannenbaum was expected to make anyway. Things like releasing Jason Smith, Eric Smith, Bryan Thomas, etc. When the salary cap was lopped from 22 million over to 10 million under Idzik was suddenly a great GM for making standard moves. I wrote just for these things alone, does not a good GM make.

Sunday came and I just feel bad for the Jets defense. I feel bad for Rex Ryan. I feel bad for Mark Sanchez. Everywhere that Idzik has imprinted on this team, it seems to be a loss and not a gain. In the 1st round of the draft, I wrote back in March the Jets needed to draft a guard, and a player that can man the position. Players I wrote about were Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, and Larry Warford all who I saw as 1st or 2nd round upgrades to Ducasse. My personal favorite was Warford. All three of those players are starting, even though Cooper suffered a freak injury for the Cardinals. Idzik instead chose to draft a guy in Brian Winters who is neither a starter nor an option in the 3rd round, and signed a player in Stephen Peterman who didn’t even make it past the first cut down date. Ducasse meanwhile, is letting traffic through like a toll both worker on the NJ Turnpike. I will not call Winters a flop, but he was a clear downgrade over the three rookies I mentioned, one of whom the Jets could have drafted in round two(but I’ll get to that later). Instead of drafting one player to actually play the position well, he brought in three by draft or signing, and none are exceptionally good. Idzik is 0-1.

Round two, when the Jets could have gotten the aforementioned lineman to start and block, they chose to get Geno Smith. The idea that a “real QB competition” was needed suddenly merited Geno Smith being the answer to the Jets at QB. Not getting a line, or actual quality skill players to score, it was instead let’s grab another QB. Thus began the Geno Smith vs. Mark Sanchez debate. At the time there were THREE quarterbacks all getting bundled together. They were Ryan Nassib who was quickly rising up boards, Geno Smith who was sliding down the board, and Matt Barkley who people didn’t want because he was from USC. Rather than sit and wait for one to fall, and still fulfill the requirement to get some “real competition” for Sanchez, Idzik went with Geno Smith to add more headlines, but less actual help at generating starters on the field like I don’t know, the aforementioned o-lineman.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Some valid points, yet to his credit Idzik came on as GM at a time when the Jets were in a terrible mess in the cap department. Add to that a team roster that was lacking talent across the board! He also was forced fed a head coach by Woody, and no matter what they say publicly, he couldn’t have been happy. Has he made some bad signings? In my opinion the Ivory signing was among the worst. I’ve been told my opinion of the Smith draft pick was insane, but I agree a guard was definitely needed in their first 3 picks. Contrary to your opinion of Idzik, I still believe he did an adequate job trying to improve the roster under the circumstances. The Jets are rebuilding, it takes time. With a projected surplus of picks next season due to free agency losses, and a lot more cap room available, this team should be a lot better. Give the guy a chance, he’s without a doubt better then Mr T. If anyone is to blame for the state of the New York Jets, it is the owner, Mr. “woody! He knows nothing about football, and should do us all a favor and sell the team. The only folks I feel bad for are the fans who were forced to dish out those ridiculous PSL’s!!! Personally, I’ve vowed never to step into that cesspool of a stadium again.

    • Frank Antonelli

      What an idiotic article and what an idiotic response to the article. Let’s blame the GM and owner! Brilliant minds!

      • Paul Newbold

        Once again, I’m so glad you’re here to set us straight Frank :)

        • Frank Antonelli

          Paul I’ve noticed that when the Jets lose you seem to post a lot but when they win you seem to disappear! Care to explain this anomaly?

          • Paul Newbold

            You’re eyesight is bad? I post daily. :)

          • Frank Antonelli

            I beg to differ. Your posts definitely increase when the Jets lose.

          • Paul Newbold

            I defended Geno Smith profusely after the Titans loss, when the fan base were calling for him to be benched! I am critical of this team, which you seem to dislike immensely. I am not a Jet Cheerleader, I am a life long Jet fan back to the days they were the Titans. I give credit where credit is due, and will criticize their play when they play poorly. I surely am not a professional football coach, but have coached over the years up to and including at the high school level. Like I said, I’m no expert, but I do know the game. I find your personal attacks offensive to both myself and the author, I am not an idiot and find it hard to believe the author is either. Have a good day :)

          • Frank Antonelli

            I think it’s obvious what type of fan you really are.

          • Frank Antonelli

            Well you were wrong again! Fake Jet fans usually are. How about Idzik and Woody bringing in Goodson, Geno, Winters, etc. I guess they blew this game as well. The Jets told all the haters and fake Jet fans to go to hell!

  • Patrick

    Wow. Vincent owes Idzik a major apology. This is ridiculous.

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