January 26, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Team Sanders receiverDeSean Jackson
of the Philadelphia Eagles (10) fumbles the ball during the 2014 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The man of the hour is DeSean Jackson. Will the Jets throw themselves into the hat for DeSean Jackson? Will they make an offer? How high will the Jets go? Will the Jets get in the fray at all? That has been the topic on the lips of all experts, fans, and the like, that talk about the New York Jets.
We have heard Woody Johnson put in his thoughts on DeSean, nearly to the point of a tampering charge. Yesterday, there were rumors that the Jets were not among the initial teams to make contact with Jackson’s camp.
Don’t get bogged down by this, Jets’ fans. I am not worried about it. Do you want to know why? Because we have John Idzik. In John Idzik I trust, and you should too.
Look at his body of work in not even two full years, and you really won’t have any reason to question.
John Idzik took over a team that was $26 million over the salary camp, and now, with the moves that have been made, are still $28 million under the salary cap.
That’s good right?
How did Idzik do it? Did he gut the entire team? Absolutely not. Of course, some guys had to go. You know that saying “You can’t make an omelete without breaking some eggs”? Well, that applies when putting together a football team.
Some players had to go. LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, and Bart Scott, among others. But, he didn’t turn the Jets into a terrible team to do it. He put together a football team with the draft, and within the confines of the money he could use.
He drafted a guy named Sheldon Richardson, only the defensive rookie of the year. Dee Milliner is showing signs of being the cornerback that this team has needed. They chose Brian Winters, who ended up starting along the offensive line.
Pretty good, wouldn’t you say? Where are the draft mistakes that Idzik has made? I haven’t been able to find them, have you?
What about veteran moves? He brought in Chris Ivory at running back, and penciled in Willie Colon at right guard. Antwan Barnes was making his presence felt on defense until an injury ended his season.
Leger Douzable was an excellent role player on the defensive line. When Kellen Winslow was on the football field, he was making a difference in the passing game. Dawan Landry was acquired by John Idzik and he made an impact at safety, as did Ed Reed when he came on late in the season. David Nelson was a sure handed threat for the Jets’s offense.
With all the complaining the fans have done, what has Idzik done this year? He has added the top free agent (before Jackson was released) at wide receiver in Eric Decker. He added, whether you like him or not, the most talented QB in free agency in Michael Vick.
He has kept key internal pieces such as Nick Folk, Willie Colon, and Leger Douzable. What did all of those deals have in common? They were team friendly. This man will not overpay for ANYONE. Yes, they have a problem at cornerback. But, doesn’t anyone REALLY believe that he doesn’t have some sort of plan?
John Idzik is working towards long-term success. Whether the price becomes too rich, or they have character concerns, the Jets’ won’t go after DeSean Jackson if they don’t feel it’s right.
Trust them. John Idzik has a plan.