Oct 12, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets ownerWood
y Johnson watches warmups before the game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Just a few days ago, as we reported here at the Jet Press, Adam Schefter reported that the Jets are planning to bring in Charley Casserly as a consultant. There has been some talk around the fan base as to what this means for John Idzik, Rex Ryan, ..etc.
I for one, am a little bit surprised about the timing of the news. It seems strange that this would come out now, with nobody fired yet. What is exactly is Casserly coming to consult about, since no changes have been made?
What does it mean to the Jets hierarchy? It could mean everything, or believe it or not, it could mean absolutely nothing.
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A fan of the New York Jets waves a towel requesting the dismissal of general manager John Idzik (not pictured) during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Jets 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The most obvious question is regarding John Idzik. Does Charley Casserly mean the end of John Idzik? You can certainly make that argument. He was a successful executive himself. Being a commentator for the sport these days, he has kept his connections around the league. Casserly would be an excellent consultant for the general manager search. He engineered an intern program in Washington that produced more than 20 league executives over the years.
Casserly certainly knows an executive when he sees one.
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks off the field after the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
But, what if he has been brought in, specifically to assist in hiring a new coach? As general manager of the Redskins, Casserly signed the only coach other than Joe Gibbs to multiple playoff games in Norv Turner. One of his final moves as the Texans general manager was to hire Gary Kubiak, who was only three games under .500 for his career with the team, and coached in four playoff games.
Casserly could “consult” with John Idzik to lend a hand in the new coach search, if Rex Ryan is fired.
Dec 21, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbackGeno Smith
(7) runs past New England Patriots nose tackleAlan Branch
(97) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Maybe Casserly is being brought in as a “draft consultant”? Why not? Our friends from the “Fire John Idzik” website will tell you chapter and verse as to how bad Idzik has performed in the draft. Maybe Woody Johnson buys in. Maybe Woody thinks he has the right guys in place, but needs help to put the roster together.
Casserly has made some mistakes through the years, but he has his fair share of success stories as well. Going back to discovering Jeff Bostic, all the way through drafting Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, Charley Casserly has an eye for talent. Maybe Casserly is coming into town to help improve the Jets roster.
The point is, that Charley Casserly coming into town, if true, can mean just about anything.