Next up was the Chris Ivory trade. You can check my blog history and I wrote that this was not a good move. Chris Ivory is not a bad back, and people like him because he is exciting and he runs hard, but he has never EVER stayed healthy. Through his college career he missed too many games, through his New Orleans career he missed a ton of games. And this is all playing as a rotational back as well, not as a featured runner. That move hasn’t paid off, as I don’t expect Ivory to play in more than 11 or 12 games this year, or any year, that’s just his average. Coincidentally, in the 4th round the Jets could have gotten a QB named Ryan Nassib who about 50% of analysts were stating was better than Geno Smith due to his IQ, quick release, and ability to read a defense pre snap. 4th round trade was a waste in my book. Especially when there are backs like Ahmad Bradshaw, Beanie Wells, or Michael Turner who all could have been the power back and contributed more than the 72 yards Ivory has for the season. They also wouldn’t have required a draft pick to get. Idzik is 0-2 now in my book.
Last thing I’m going to talk about is a quarterback competition which I fully believe was forced on Rex Ryan. No matter what, “It’s still an open competition” is what I’ve heard throughout the summer and preseason. Idzik was saying it about every position including the quarterback position since he was hired, and I have to hear this from the head coach as well. All’s well and good with competition, but when Geno Smith is clearly not ready to be a starter, that doesn’t mean put him out there because Idzik made a knee jerk choice in drafting him. As a result, Sanchez is on IR, and Geno Smith is handing games away one turnover at a time. He is on pace for a 44 turnover season, a few weeks ago, I asked if he turns the ball over 40 times will people still crap on Mark Sanchez for turnovers? Well, it looks like this is coming true.
John Idzik so far has poor drafting, poor signing, and poor trades all in one season. Couple that, by trying to force “his” quarterback onto the field and everyone loses. He has filled the team with depth, which is code for he has filled it with players that won’t play and won’t start. Here’s hoping that Mike Goodson will prove me wrong and not be another hand-picked Idzik job sitting on the bench for “depth”, rather than a guy that can actually play on the field.