Johnson ‘Duped’ Into Idzik Hire?

By Craig Hoffman

Dec 7, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik watches practice before the game with the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Rappaport (@RapSheet) of NFL Network is reporting that Jets owner Woody Johnson felt ‘duped’ into the fact that John Idzik had football knowledge when he hired him.

Last time, #Jets owner Woody Johnson felt he got duped into thinking Idzik had football knowledge. With Casserly & Wolf, won’t happen now

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2014

That is a strong statement by Johnson, if true, and an indictment of John Idzik, Woody Johnson himself, and the Korn Ferry search firm. Johnson’s over-reliance on the search firm, which does not have a “football guy”, is what caused the mistake and Johnson plans to rectify that by having former GMs Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf run the search this time.

Let’s hope that Johnson gets it right because if he whiffs it will set the franchise back a few years.