Coming into the season a lot of the media thought they had it all figured out with the Jets. They hired a GM who was a “contract” guy that knows nothing of scouting and personnel. The coach was a dead man walking who had already lost the team and might even be fired in season and that this team was the worst team in the league.
Let’s take these one at a time so we’ll start with John Idzik. Idzik was known in league circles as someone who specialized in the business side of things. Whether that was contracts, contract negotiations or back-end stuff, John was your man. People dismissed a couple of important facts, one he is a son of coach, as his father John was a defensive coordinator with the Jets in the late 70′s so John Idzik has been a lifer not some college sabermatrician. Second, Idzik was scouting for the Seahawks the whole of last year to both refresh his skills and to help overcome his reputation.
So how has he done with the Jets so far? Pretty well. He had a pretty good first draft with five out of seven draft picks starting and all have a very good chance of being a long-term solution at their position. Sheldon Richardson has been a brick wall against the run and has graded out as the best rookie in the league through seven weeks. Dee Milliner is still trying to put it all together as injuries and the complexities of this defenses have made his adjustment more difficult. Geno Smith’s choice was much maligned but Geno gets better each week as it is plain to see that he is the long-term answer at quarterback with four 4th quarter game winning drives, three of those leading to game ending Nick Folk field goals. Brian Winters took over for Vlad Ducasse and he is still getting beat but the potential is there and he does not commit the penalties Ducasse did. Tommy Bohanon gets meaningful carries to spell Chris Ivory as well as being used as a pass protector and occasional safety valve. Some of his free agent highlights were that he signed Willie Colon, brought back Calvin Pace at a much reduced salary, resigned Nick Folk, signed Kellen Winslow, signed Leger Douzable, and filled in-season holes with David Nelson and Josh Cribbs. He took some chances and got burned by injuries to Antwan Barnes, David Garrard who retired then just returned to the team after his knee had failed him, but the team is better now overall with his stamp on it.