Takeaways from Idzik, Ryan conference call

As reported by ganggreennation.com, New York Jets general manager and head coach, John Idzik and Rex Ryan, finally got around to talking to the media about the off season moves so far. Here is a link to the original article where David Wyatt did a nice job of compiling all the tweets from various beat writers of the news coming out.

As you might expect there were the same types of questions being asked by the press, and the same type of answers out Idzik and Ryan that you have come to expect. There were questions about Darrelle Revis and how involved the team was in pursuing him, as well as some questions about the future of Mark Sanchez.

The press was definitely (as usual) trying to get the Jets representatives to slip up and get a story, and of course Idzik and Rex did their best impressions of capital hill politicians, giving vague non committal answers. Concretely from this conference call we learned that with Mark Sanchez the team has “time”(likely referring to the March 25th deadline), with the corner-backs the Jets will explore trades, and they would have welcomed Antonio Cromartie back for the right price, but this is all information we knew before.

Idzik continued to put emphasis on the positives his staff has accomplished so far including the signings of 7 of their own guys which he claims is very important for the team. Idzik also stated that he feels the Jets did not miss any opportunities during this early period of free agency.

Jets nation has gone into somewhat of a panic mode over the (lack of) moves the Jets have been making in the off season, but we cannot forget that the only reason we had the cap space to get so excited about in free agency was because Idzik masterfully helped restore our cap space while still managing to put a somewhat competitive team on the field. He is understandably playing things very close to the chest, and for now we need to have faith and let the man work with the tools he gave himself.



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  • Frank Antonelli

    This is what is shocking Jet fans:

    “Sustainable success. Long term consideration. Think about it, when was the last time these terms were associated with the Jets organization? What Idzik is preaching is nothing new. It has been the strategy of dynasties and perennial winners for ages. Build through the draft and supplement through free agency.”

    Jets are finally acting like they have a long term plan instead of just reacting to the latest situation, ie, Holmes becomes available Rex tells Tanny we need him, they sign him with little thought of long term impact to the team. Tebow becomes available Tanny reacts quickly and doesn’t think of the long term impact. Thank God Idzik is in place. Patience fellow Jet fans. The approach is sound, we’ll find out whether Idzik is capable of executing it properly. Time will tell, but believe me it’s about time the Jets had an adult in the front office.

    • AC

      Agreed, but then why even bother keeping Rex if you know you are putting another 8-8 team on the field while continuing to build. Another thing a lot of fans don’t know about is the cap floor agreement in the latest CBA with the player’s association. Take a look at that. Makes things more complicated. How are Broncos, who were in the Super Bowl, and who signed Peyton Manning last year, signing huge names left and right? I’m not saying that it will end up being the best strategy for them, and we have a lot more holes to fill but this team CANNOT function without a decent corner.

      • Frank Antonelli

        Rex’s job is not on the line. Idzik is implementing a long range plan which includes Rex as his coach, don’t listen to the clown media. As for the Broncos they are spending like crazy in order to capitalize on their short range chance of winning a Super Bowl. They won’t do it since Manning’s career playoff record is 11 and 12! He is a notorious choker in the playoffs. They are able to sign these guys since they are back loading all the contracts with bigger cap hits in future years when Manning’s 20M will be off the books. They are going for broke and will pay a high price in the future, certainly not a strategy for sustainable success. They’ll be back in rebuild mode sooner than later.

  • Frank Antonelli

    The hypocrisy of some people knows no bounds. When some other teams take the same patient approach to free agency they are hailed as smart and shrewd. The Jets finally take the same approach and they are viewed as missing out and blowing free agency after a week. Let’s hope that Idzik ignores all the hypocrisy and sticks to his patient long term plan. There is no guarantee that it will work but the odds of it working are
    much greater than the free spending, draft pick trading ways of past Jet front office staff.