The Jets formally introduced John Idzik as their new general manager at a press conference Thursday and, as you’d probably expect, Idzik stuck mostly to the big picture when talking about the team.
Citing the need to evaluate the roster, he passed on questions involving the Jets futures of quarterback Mark Sanchez and cornerback Darrelle Revis while stressing the need for competition on the roster to improve the team in 2013 and beyond. Idzik said he wants a “constant influx” of talent entering the organization via the draft, free agency, trades, tryouts and the waiver wire in order to guarantee continual improvement.
Idzik also answered questions about the interview process, namely reports that the Jets couldn’t find anyone to take the job because of dysfunction within the organization. Idzik said he’s excited to work with coach Rex Ryan, doesn’t see the team’s cap situation as a hindrance and made it clear that he didn’t have the same read on the Jets.
“I don’t deal much in perception. I deal in reality. I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures,” Idzik said.
Idzik had a similar answer to questions about whether his business-centric role with the Seahawks made him a poor fit to make personnel decisions. Idzik told reporters to speak to the men he’s worked with over his career to find out that he’s more than just a cap guy, something the Jets really need to be true if they’re going to start bouncing back from two straight years that ended without playoff berths.