John Idzik wants constant influx of competition with Jets

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.

19 responses to “John Idzik wants constant influx of competition with Jets

  1. He’s bringing Pete Carroll’s emphasis on competition with him….not sure if it will be embraced by the entire staff, but it creates a very charged atmosphere. The hungriest players will compete the hardest, win the jobs, and create a hungrier, more competitive team. It also means that if you’re a high draft pick, you won’t be playing simply because you’re a high draft pick, you will be playing or not playing based on how well you do at your job relative to everyone else who wants that same job.

  2. Keep revis rid of holmes(even though hes great) we need to keep our defense in tac, get rid of people who think “they are good” like bart,and work on offense so theres really no use in holems if we cant use him(sanchez,tebow).

  3. The truth about the Jets isn’t that they weren’t “hungry” or “competitive” or that they were a “circus.”

    The TRUTH about the Jets is that they just don’t have a lot of good football players. Period, end of story.

  4. ” 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.”

    This is something that happens with the 31 other team as a matter of course, they all obtain new players that way. He’s going to need something more than that approach to knit together a winning team.

    “…doesn’t see the team’s cap situation as a hindrance…”

    Really? A bit too cavalier. This guy’s not very good with the spin, is he.

    As GM (of the Jets no less) he’s needs to

    1) have a clear philosophy for the team,

    2) at least pretend to be earnest about fixing what’s wrong and

    3) find a way to project something to the public that would signal that the Jets are going in the right direction.

  5. “I don’t deal much in perception. I deal in reality. I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures,” Idzik said.

    I would refer you to the circus that was the M-E-S-S lockeroom over the past couple years.. even Rexy admitted it; thus, torpedoing the “fabulous football infrastructure” thing.

    And on a side-note Mr. Idzik, as a Patriots fan, trading Revis would be a very good move. Really!

  6. Asked about his ethnic background, John revealed that his ancestors came over on the Mayflower, and the surname “Idzik” was simply a misspelling of the nickname given the generations of slow learners in his family in their rural home town.

  7. To expand on my earlier statement, I think what Idzik is saying is his ego won’t be involved when it’s being decided who gets to play and who gets benched. A lot of GMs get their “pet projects” that they want to see get playing time, and if the coach doesn’t see eye-to-eye, you get an ego clash….as may have been the case with Tebow last year, and was the case in Seattle when Jason Babin was a pawn in a fight between Tim Ruskell and Mike Holmgren.

  8. “I don’t deal much in perception. I deal in reality. I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures,” Idzik said.

  9. not a jets guy and often enjoy their dysfunction but must say he came away sounding pretty intelligent and well rounded in his press conference. He smacked themedia around pretty good as they fired questions at him. Tannenbaum was a bafoon. My gut after listening to him says him and Rex will not be a match.

    Think 2014-2015. 2013 is going to be bad. real bad.

  10. He “deals in reality” but doesn’t see the Jets salary cap situation as a hindrance? Obviously Tannenbaum didn’t see it as a hindrance either when he extended Sanchez. Hopefully for the Jets Idzik is just trying to keep it positive in public because he has HUGE problems and the cap is one of them.

  11. Of course the salary isnt a hindrance because after dropping a few players (Scott, Pace, Smith, J. Smith and others) – this creates almost 20M in cap space. All of these guys have a younger player behind them to step up so it isnt a HUGE loss. The Jets need to start fresh and draft young talent.

    He knew coming in who was going to get cut and ways to create cap space.

  12. brohamma says:Jan 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    And on a side-note Mr. Idzik, as a Patriots fan, trading Revis would be a very good move. Really!

    As a Patriots fan,
    you have won nothing since Eric Mangini departed. Brady must learn to kick higher when he’s about to be tackled. Suggest scratching defenders’ faces?

  13. @Irjets
    “As a Patriots fan,
    you have won nothing since Eric Mangini departed. Brady must learn to kick higher when he’s about to be tackled. Suggest scratching defenders’ faces?”
    —————————————————

    Really? All I see since, Mangina left for the M-E-S-S, are a bunch of 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the AFC East from your team. Won nothing? Wake up! Your team is closing in on potentially finishing 4th in the AFC East here pal… just sayin.

  14. And by the way Irjets.. the simple fact is that you would do just about anything to have a quarterback such as Brady. Suggest getting a new coach and owner?

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