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

New York Jets' Fans Sound Off on the Offseason So Far

There has been a lot of talk about the offseason to date. How is John Idzik doing? Is he being too cautious? Why is he acting so slowly with the cornerback position? Does he have a master plan? These, and many other questions are, and will continue to be asked as the weeks go by.

So, you have heard my opinion, so I wanted to hear yours. I asked for Tweets yesterday, with an answer to the question “How do you feel about the offseason so far?” Here are the answers I got, which aren’t very favorable to GM Idzik:



I think our good buddy Henry might have been a bit facetious with this one:



It’s a pretty unanimous feeling, and the fans are not too happy with the moves so far. Let’s read on. Next is from one of our new followers, Rick Feldman:



Let’s see what Mark had to say:

Mark Blaney had the most positive thoughts of the bunch:


And finally, Shigeo Numata:


So, the fan base is generally disappointed. The masses think that he is not acting quickly enough. I still say give him time. We can’t have it both ways. Mike Tannenbaum put us in hell, and we hated that. John Idzik is working slowly, and we hate that too. We can’t have it both ways, I am sure John has a plan.

Let’s let him get through the rest of this period, and the draft, and then look back.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I’ve been willing to give Idzik the benefit of the doubt to this point. I thought the addition of Decker was a great move, but hoped for a second tier receiver to go along with that signing. Giacomini signing was more of a signing of need after loosing Howard, but really isn’t much of an upgrade per say. The Cumberland signing was a good one as well, they could hardly afford to loose him. The Douzable and Pace signings were adequate signings, they did nothing to upgrade the team however. They seem to like Walls, thus the resigning, but honestly he hasn’t shown much. My biggest concern is the secondary at this point, I think he dropped the ball in FA on this one! The market was tight at corner, I certainly didn’t want them to throw 12 million at Revis, but I did expect them to improve the secondary and to this point its worse off then last year! I’m trying to trust Idzik on this matter, but its hard to see the plan! Surely he can’t be comfortable with the roster at the position! Does he think he can start Milliner (still unproven) and a rookie corner on the other side and be successful? They’ve already tried Walls and Wilson on the outside and it wasn’t pretty! Please don’t tell me they plan to sign Cromartie back, that would be a total desperation move in my opinion. Idxik gets a C so far!

    • Alan Schechter

      Fair points to all of you, Frank and Paul.

  • Frank Antonelli

    PATIENCE! Idzik does have a plan based off the Seattle example. Also, Seattle is but the latest example, teams like the Steelers have been following this plan with great results for decades. It’s about time that the Jets take a mature and disciplined approach to free agency. The Tanny era is over, thank God.

    Every successful team can pick out a few key signings. Which is why Decker and Giacommini are nothing to spit at. Those are good signings. So was the trade for Chris Ivory. But you don’t just say “We have
    needs/wants at 8 positions. We’ll fill those with 6 or 7 free agents and call it a day” like the Browns or Raiders are doing. They’re trying to win with other people’s players because they failed so miserably at
    drafting their own talent.

    Look at the Seahawks starters and you tell me if it looks like the type of roster Idzik is looking to build:

    [NOTE: For our purposes, I am assuming Sidney Rice is headed elsewhere. If he doesn't, he takes
    Lockette's spot on the depth chart]

    QB: Russell Wilson (3rd round pick)

    RB: Marshawn Lynch (trade: 2011 4th round pick, 2012 conditional pick)

    WR: Doug Baldwin (UDFA)

    WR: Percy Harvin (trade: 1st and 7th rounder)

    WR: Ricardo Lockette (UDFA)

    TE: Zach Miller (Signed 2011 to 5-year deal)

    LT: Russell Okung (Top 10 pick)

    LG: James Carpenter (1st rounder)

    C: Max Unger (2nd rounder)

    RG: JR Sweezy (7th rounder)

    RT: Michael Bowie (7th rounder)

    LDE: Michael Bennett (UDFA)

    DT: Brandon Mebane (3rd rounder)

    DT: Tony McDaniel (UDFA, bounced between Jaguars and Dolphins, signed in 2013)

    RDE: Cliff Avrill (Signed as RFA in 2011)

    OLB: Malcolm Smith (7th rounder)

    MLB: Bobby Wagner (2nd rounder)

    OLB: Bruce Irvin (1st rounder)

    CB: Richard Sherman (5th rounder)

    CB: Byron Maxwell (6th rounder)

    FS: Earl Thomas (1st rounder)

    SS: Kam Chancellor (5th rounder)

    Of all Seattle’s starters on offense, only 1, Zach Miller, was a free agent signing. Much like the
    Jets traded a 4th rounder for Chris Ivory, the Seahawks did the same to get Marshawn Lynch. Harvin was a pickup via trade as well, but his health has prevented him from making any impact on a team that won the Super Bowl largely without him.

    Of their starters on defense, only one, Cliff Avrill, was a significant free agent signing. McDaniel was a scrap-heap pickup that worked out. The rest they found via the draft.

    The Seahawks entire back 7 was found via the draft. Their entire offensive line was drafted. That’s
    impressive stuff. You cannot even come close to arguing that this Seattle roster depended on free agents. They depend on the draft. Period.

    If the Seahawks are the model we’re looking to duplicate, Idzik is right on target so far. He’s
    accumulating talent via the draft, filling a few needs where he can via free agency. This is how you build a winner.