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

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Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) stopped for a loss first play from scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.