There have been many complaints about John Idzik’s approach to the free agency process. He’s been called “cautious”, “rigid”, “tough”, and probably everything in between. Agents, according to sources, have had to back away from the Jets due to his slow style. The comments were less after the signing of Michael Vick, but the questions were still out there.
From the owners meetings in Orlando, Florida, GM Idzik talked to the media about the Jets’ strategy:
I wouldn’t mistake deliberate for lack of activity or patience if you want to call it that. By deliberate we’re going to be well thought out, well-researched in what we do. But we’re going to be active with the thought of being productive today. We don’t look at this thing as, well, let’s see where we are in two or three years. We want to know where we are today. This is really a day-to-day proposition, that we concentrate on the here and now and we try to make the best informed decisions based on what we’ve done to that point and put us in the best possible position for that moment.
With that, there’s an undercurrent of how is this going to play out over the longer term. So I guess what I’m trying to say is we want to win now, we want to win tomorrow, we want to win the next day. We want something sustainable. We don’t want something that’s just short-lived. And with that comes a lot of background work and research that go into these decisions for the day. That’s what I mean by deliberate, not that we’re going to take our time, kick our heels up. We’re going to make very sound decisions in our minds. Those sound decisions, we believe, will lead to sustained success, not just a flash.
Whether we like the decisions or not, no Jets fan will be upset with a team that is in contention for the Super Bowl every year.
If that is what is achieved, we will all look back and say thank you to John Idzik.