The final job that opened up on the blood bath that was black monday in the NFL is finally closed. The New York Jets had a LOT of trouble finding someone to bring in as their new GM. Several personnel people were given interviews and asked to come in for second interviews but turned down the Jets offer. GM is the job that all personnel and front office workers aspire to in the NFL and for several executives turn down a second interview with the Jets shows just how much disfunction there is within that organization right now. After all was said and done, they got a solid executive in John Idzik Jr.
I worry that we won’t see much change in the long-term for the Jets. Idzik is a cap room specialist from Seattle and has the same type of background as ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum. Both are more business side and don’t have a lot of personnel experience. That is what killed the Jets both in the draft and in free agent signings. A novice personnel man may fall in love with the idea of signing Tim Tebow to play for their team while a more experienced draft executive or pro personnel executive wouldn’t become so enamored by a player that has drawn so much criticism and has drawn so much media attention even without playing time.
Idzik does have one thing going for him that gives him an advantage over Mike Tannenbaum, he comes from a football family and seems to have been a football lifer. He spent some time as a position coach in colleges and smaller leagues earlier in his career and his father John Idzik Sr. was a coach in the NFL and CFL. To be fair, Idzik has evolved into a cap space specialist, but does have a background in personnel going back to his days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he is known around the league as a business side executive.
He has a lot of work in front of him and must find upgrades at almost every offensive position. The draft is going to be the way to go for him in his first year as GM and likely won’t make a big splash free agent signing. The only free agent that seems to make some sense is going after WR Mike Wallace. They need major upgrades at WR and RB, RB will surely be taken care of via the draft. We all know that there is one position that is more important than all others, the QB position. With Mark Sanchez, the Jets have a player with potential to an above replacement level QB, but probably not one that is going to challenge for too many Pro Bowl starts. Tim Tebow must go, and that is all I will say about that.
Idzik took the plunge and is going to risk his reputation in his first GM job in the NFL with the floundering NY Jets. An overall seems imminent and it makes one wonder what owner Woody Johnson’s demands were as far as Mark Sanchez and head coach Rex Ryan. Idzik must make his stamp on this franchise and hope that Woody Johnson doesn’t have input on personnel decisions that he seemed to have with Mike Tannenbaum. Idzik studied under one of the best emerging GM’s in Seattle’s John Schneider and he must use what he learned to turn around the Jets.