Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Jets Fans: Relax, Take a Deep Breath and Let John Idzik Work

I was thinking about what to write tonight, and then I saw this tweet from our staffer, the great Sean Lester Durham, most of you know him:


They should probably invent that disease and put it in the medical books. “Battered GM Syndrome” is something probably all of us have. Who would be surprised? We all have endured Mike Tannenbaum, and depending upon your age, other general managers that have steered us wrong. GMs that have led us down the wrong path are all we know. Who can blame us for being sick? They make blooper reels about our failed draft picks. If we were as normal as regular football fans, it would be more of a story.

Jets fans want to win now. 1969 was a long time ago, Jets fans have had a long time between championships. Jets fans want a title, and want to see their team do whatever they perceive is necessary to win that title. They want their team to spend all of their money, because they have it, and bring in every single player that will bring us that championship. It’s an understandable sentiment.

But it’s the wrong sentiment. If you want to build a successful team, it takes time. John Idzik is doing it the right way. Take a breath and let John Idzik do his job.

Admittedly there are still several questions.  What’s going on at the cornerback position?  Is James Jones going to be the second wide receiver the Jets bring in as a free agent?  What about the quarterback position?

There are lots of questions, and we have posed many of them here.

Don’t be alarmed that they haven’t been answered yet.  Free agency is not even one week old yet.  The draft is six or seven weeks away.  Let John work, he will get it done.  Take a deep breath and relax.

What you are seeing is patience.  Look at what Idzik has done so far.  He has signed the best WR on the free agent market in Eric Decker, at a very fair price.  Just over $7 million per year is right where the contract should be, not too little, not too much.  Austin Howard is gone, but the Raiders far overpaid to get him.  John Idzik was not going to do that.  Instead, he signed a right tackle at a smaller cap hit in Breno Giacomini than Austin Howard would have been.

In case anybody forgot, these are good things.

John is going to follow the blueprint of the Seahawks.  By the way, that “way” was to win a Super Bowl.  We know that we will all contribute to the John Idzik statue when the Jets finally win a Super Bowl.

His way is to bring in quality football players, at the right price, so the team is not handcuffed from making the team even better.  The old way is to throw money around, and PREVENT your team from getting better.

Remember the quality of evaluation as well.  Tanny’s last season brought us Chaz Schilens.  Idzik’s first year with money to use brought us Eric Decker.  Doesn’t that prove to everyone that we are on the right track?

Relax.  Breath everyone.  John Idzik will take us where we want to go.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Excellent piece. I wish EVERY Jet fan could read it! The postings around the web have become ugly. Thanks,

  • Frank Antonelli

    As I said before the free agent period began, Idzik is going to make wise free agent pickups and an excellent draft which will set us up for years to come. The Tanny era is officially dead thank God.

  • Kenneth Hayes

    It takes time..are you willing to give Rex Ryan time or just the gm?

    • Paul Newbold

      Just the GM…but that’s just me! lol

  • James Schroeder

    Howard was a good pick up for the Raiders, but Veldeer leaving didn’t leave them much choice but to spend a little more considering they have it to spend. As far as Eric Decker goes, lol! I guess I see things totally different then you. Yes he’s a good route runner when he has a quarterback like Peyton Manning throwing him the ball with precision timing and accuracy, but we both know he won’t get that with Geno Smith. he might as well have just flushed his career down the toilet by signing with the Jets. Lol! No offense Jets fans let’s be real. he was a wide receiver who had success during the fluke of a season Peyton Manning put on last year. If he really wanted to start making a name for himself he would have signed with a team who had a good quarterback. It reminds me of when Randy Moss signed with the Raiders and had no quarterback to throw him the ball. He was so frustrated midway through the season he asked to be traded. Thus spawning his imminent success with the patriots once he realized that money doesn’t equal success. Deckers young and he doesn’t quite get it now but he certainly will after going down this road. LOL!

  • maafla1

    Spot on! Remember the last time the Jets had cap room and splurged in free agency? It was 1996 and we ALL know how that season went. Idzik is right. He is not going to throw A money at b and C players. What Mike T did in 2010 and 2011 Made sense AT THE TIME because the Jets were legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

  • maafla1

    However, I will say it would help if Idzik made himself a little more available to the media so we could hear from the source what he is doing.

    • Paul Newbold

      Idzik keeps it close to the vest…..best way to thwart the NY Media Circus!!

  • Frank Antonelli

    Amazing! Check out this pearl from the clown Manish:

    Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN

    What if the Jets lose Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Giants? Organizational source admits Rex won’t be happy. “We better get him.” #nyj

    As if Rex or anyone associated with the Jets would give him this quote. This clown just makes stuff up. He is definitely the leader of the clown media.

    • Paul Newbold

      Amen Brother!! I have no idea why folks continue to use him as a source for anything Jet related!

  • Pridenpoise

    You say the Jets paid fair market value for Decker 7 million a year, and in the same breath say the Raiders overpaid for Howard, we shall see how good Decker is without a hall of fame QB throwing him the ball, and three other receivers on the field to draw the coverage of the defences Number 1 DB’s. Your column reeks of bias.

  • AC

    Nobody gives Geno credit. He played good games, and he played bad games. If you want to talk about Peyton Manning, take a look at his rookie season. Andrew Luck is the exception, not the norm when it comes to rookie QBs. Sanchez had some success as a rookie because of the running game which the Jets have certainly improved. Nobody gives David Nelson any credit either. If you watched any Jet games last season, you should be able to tell that he is a legit #2 guy for Decker even if we get nobody at WR in the draft. He is 6’5, goes after the ball and can certainly do well if Decker is doubled up.