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Idzik’s 0-for-2 start has others taking shots already


New Jets General Manager John Idzik hasn’t even gotten his team to training camp yet, but folks around the league are already poking at his 0-for-2 start to free agency.

Idzik’s first two moves were to sign veteran quarterback David Garrard and running back Mike Goodson.

Garrard’s retiring because of a bad knee which the world knew about, and Goodson was arrested on gun and drug charges, pointing to his reputation for poor decision-making and immaturity.

Do these guys do background checks?” an opposing scout said of the Jets’ acquisition of Goodson specifically, via Rich Cimini of

Signing Garrard was great in theory, but few thought he’d hold up physically for long enough to win the starting job (since the same thing happened in Miami last year).

And while Goodson hasn’t pocketed all of the $1 million bonus which was part of his three-year, $6.9 million deal, that’s looking more like a sunk cost as well.

It’s not quite the start the Jets were looking out of their new G.M., who better hope some of his other decisions (namely the future of quarterback Geno Smith and how he handles Mark Sanchez) work out better.

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50 Responses to “Idzik’s 0-for-2 start has others taking shots already”
  1. jerrygray721 says: May 19, 2013 9:55 AM

    it’s the jets what else is new

  2. rlj2170 says: May 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    It just proves you don’t need a special license to drive a clown car

  3. lostsok says: May 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    Somewhere…Matt Millen is laughing.

  4. sportsmeccabi says: May 19, 2013 9:57 AM

    They were desperate for a running back and Mike Goodson’s arrest was really unforeseen.
    They were also desperate for a quarterback and Garrard was cleared.

    It’s not really the GM’s fault.

  5. latenightroach says: May 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    It’s looking like the Jets will be getting the 1st draft pick in 2014. I feel sorry for whoever that’ll be.

  6. patriots123456 says: May 19, 2013 10:06 AM

    He may be 0 for 2, but I think he is an improvement over the person he replaced.

    The best time to judge him is when the seasons over, not before it begins.

  7. wilson1914 says: May 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    Idzik will not be judged by this year

  8. lightcleric says: May 19, 2013 10:13 AM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t see the big deal here? These were two relatively cheap signings, and it totally ignores that he traded for Chris Ivory, who is ten times better than all the Jets running backs combined, had a pretty good draft class, and got a decent deal for a player(Revis) who only had one suitor and Woody Johnson basically forced him to trade.

    Considering the train wreck they’ve been lately this seems like nothing.

  9. rcali says: May 19, 2013 10:38 AM

    Two signings that didn’t seem right from the beginning. I’d be a little concerned Jets fans.

  10. source7769 says: May 19, 2013 10:41 AM

    im no jets fan but really they were low risk high reward signings its not like they signed javon walker or haynesworth to long term deals

  11. henry53 says: May 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    Don’t forget, the Jets had a tough time finding a legit GM because whoever took over was stuck with Rex Ryan as part of the package.

  12. cmdrsmooth says: May 19, 2013 11:18 AM

    Guess the drafting of Geno Smith and trade for RB Ivory were smart moves after all.

    There goes every “crowded QB” and RB argument by the experts.

  13. whatjusthapped says: May 19, 2013 11:22 AM

    Its not like the 0-2 start helps but at least he didn’t sign the worse QB in the NFL for $8.5 million guaranteed or trade up in the draft and give away multiple picks to whiff at the #6 spot overall, no those are the sort of GM moves that can really sink a franchies.

  14. greyhawk9 says: May 19, 2013 12:09 PM

    classic jets

  15. sdb0ltz says: May 19, 2013 12:13 PM

    I think you gotta take it easy on the guy. They were fairly low risk signings. There wasn’t any big contracts that they had to eat. Besides lets not forget the Jets couldn’t give their GM job away. At least he stepped up to give it a shot.

  16. jimjets says: May 19, 2013 12:24 PM

    it’s open season on the jets, unless they are going to championship games and beating the pats in their stadium, I suppose.

    he also signed willie colon, antwan barnes, garay, re-signed pace at a cap friendly deal got the best deal he could for revis while NOT paying a cornerback 16 million a year AND lead a terrific draft.

    yea, guess he is 0-2.

  17. CKL says: May 19, 2013 12:48 PM

    Sigh… here’s this Pats fan sticking up for the NYJ..again. I’d love to know who this “opposing scout” is because he either has a personal grudge or he’s perfect in evaluations. My guess is the former.
    Garrard himself thought he’d be fine to resume his career and I don’t think Goodson had any arrest history.

  18. thestrategyexpert says: May 19, 2013 1:17 PM

    I thought both of these moves were very questionable decisions. I didn’t know Goodson would get arrested, but I question why they are spending millions on a RB at this time while they are trying to rebuild, yet also making other investments at the RB position such as trading for Chris Ivory. I thought Goodswon wasn’t good enough of a prospect to pay all that money too while all of these other needs remain unaddressed.

    And any GM that would have thought it was a good idea to bring in a far worst distraction than Tebow, ala David Garrard, is just not fit to be the GM. He has less upside than Tebow and does a better job of blocking an unknown prospect of upside, he’s a drain of money, resources, and opportunity for the Jets to uncover fresh new talent that they desperately need if they want to transform to greatness.

    On my scorecard, the Jets’ mngmt is a lot worse than 0-2 right now, I see a lot more major mistakes and a giant number of small mistakes with the direction they are taking.

  19. mrpowers88 says: May 19, 2013 1:43 PM

    “… pointing to his reputation for poor decision-making and immaturity.”

    Is it me or was the only bad thing I heard about Mike Goodson before this arrest was that he had some fumble issues at some point in the past few years?

    I think he has a lot less leeway on Garrard. This was a guy who hadn’t played in years, had known knee problems in said years, and was not even on a team last season- yet you think he could come in and start for your team, this season? Jets fans are lucky Geno fell to them in the 2nd round, because he is really the only hope for the future at QB for them

  20. micknangold says: May 19, 2013 1:51 PM

    This is just absurd. That anyone would judge him on these two signings is beyond me. The Jets hate is getting pathetic.

  21. bullethead527 says: May 19, 2013 2:00 PM

    When Goodson was in Carolina, he never had any off the field issues. When traded to Oakland he still kept his nose clean.

    IDK what happen when in got to the Big Apple.

  22. dynaco says: May 19, 2013 2:01 PM

    0-for-2 start to free agency?
    Really? They only picked up two free agents?
    Wow, they should have gone after Colon, Garray, Barnes atleast then they would have been 3 for 5.

  23. peepeetoucher says: May 19, 2013 2:03 PM

    I’m just curious, do other teams have opposing scouts, gm’s, executive’s talking about them to reporters and in the media? I see it done on a daily basis with the Jets but was wondering if say the “vikings” have rival teams scouts anonymously quoted about them?………What poor decisions has Goodson had in the past for you to say “pointing to his reputation for poor decision-making and immaturity”? I don’t know how you can say something without providing examples which are usually present especially if makes the Jets look bad since its become the trendy thing to do. I’m not saying those things weren’t true, just some examples would be nice. I’ve read his pre draft scouting report about not getting along with coaches if thats what your were referring to. If so how does that translate into Idzik should of known he would get arrested with a gun? From fighting with coaches to being arrested is a major leap to assume but lets laugh @ Idzik cuz he didn’t put it together like some anonymous scout. Gimme a break.

  24. Kaz says: May 19, 2013 2:05 PM

    Lombardi has had a rougher start in Cleveland.

  25. kibblesnvick says: May 19, 2013 2:15 PM

    Goodson had ZERO problems in Oakland last season. No off-the-field issues. Fixed his fumbling problem. And, along with Marcel Reece, was serviceable in McFadden’s place. It’s not the Jets’ GM’s fault Goodson decided ruin his own career.

  26. johnled7 says: May 19, 2013 2:24 PM

    Any GM that takes a job where the owner tells him who the coach should be, is already suspect. Especially when the coach is driving the clown bus.

  27. polamalurulz43 says: May 19, 2013 2:27 PM

    The issues are worse than the story pitches. First, you have to realize that when you scroll up the Latest Rumors, you have the new Jets GM losing to the Browns for the rights to freaking Bobby Hoyer. The same Hoyer they were interested in but somehow could not sign before the new GM took over. Plus, you gave the RB $1M up front in guaranteed money, so if you had just signed him to a minimum deal with incentives, would not be as hard to understand as these other nuggets. It is not ‘hate’, it is just calling stupid moves… well… stupid moves.

  28. beerndrums says: May 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    I’m a Dolphins fan but come on guys.You gotta give a couple of seasons to run the team before you throw him under the bus.
    I would never want to be a GM of a NFL team..half of your teams fans would hate you as well as all the other teams fans

  29. sbmcintosh36 says: May 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    Mr. Gantt you should be ashamed of yourself for trying to stir up more crap on the Jets.
    This is EXACTLY what gives the Jets the “joke” of a franchise tag ,complete BS non stories like this that get completely blown out of proportion by the so called media .

  30. zackattack006 says: May 19, 2013 2:53 PM

    The Jets are the worst franchise in the NFL.
    What a shame!

  31. Max says: May 19, 2013 3:08 PM

    I hate the Jets as much as the next guy…. but this is stupid calling a team 0-2 in May because things are not working out with two low-tier players.

    Every single team will sign and release repeatedly before September… so you can recycle this story for all other 31 teams at some point.

  32. patriots420 says: May 19, 2013 3:11 PM

    Love the flattering picture you chose of Idzik, portraying him as the pastey Ethiopian, 6’8 110lbs.

  33. pgilbert15303 says: May 19, 2013 3:17 PM

    If they are so desperate for a QB, why not Vince Young? He invented zone read /pistol. Even if he did impregnate Fisher’s wife, that does not mean he will enjoy any personal time with Rex’s wife… I can’t imagine V.Y. Being a footie… He’s 30-17 as a starter. That record beats 2/3’s of the current NFL QB’s.

  34. phinfan527 says: May 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    Here’s to nothing working out!!

  35. elby2004 says: May 19, 2013 3:30 PM

    Hey Gantt, name one NFL team that haven’t had a player arrested for pot or guns. There aren’t any. And he didn’t have a previous record. So much for background check. Like I said the other day before my post was removed, Cimini’s unprofessional so called journalism, has rubbed off on you guys. Why don’t you have a story about Cimini’s inappropriate tweet about his female colleague that he accidentally tweeted instead of emailing. You Jet haters are all the same and you all stick together. You never name your source because they’re made up.

  36. elby2004 says: May 19, 2013 3:38 PM

    And you say “folks” around the league are taking shots but you don’t name one “folks”. You list one unnamed “opposing scout” according to Cimini who never names a source. That sure is a lot of folks. And you get paid to write this garbage???
    Totally fabricated non story.

  37. dawsonleery says: May 19, 2013 3:46 PM

    Jets will have a new GM and Head Coach in 2 years.

  38. newyorkshets says: May 19, 2013 3:51 PM

    Lol at the Jets. What a circus. Rexy Ryan your time is up brother!!

  39. suchajoke says: May 19, 2013 4:03 PM

    Rich Cimini and Manish Mehta are complete trash….. Constantly writing negative articles about the Jets that come from “anonymous” sources…..Put a name to the quote or there is ZERO credibility…..

    And any “average fan” that falls for the Jets are a circus mentality…..Get a clue

    Last I checked, the Jets have been one of the better teams in the league since about 1998…….With numerous playoff appearances and playoff wins in this time……So one 8-8 and one 6-10 season and suddenly the Jets are the worst franchise in the league??? Worry about your own team that hasn’t won ONE playoff game in over a decade (And there are alot of them out there)

  40. dlk47823 says: May 19, 2013 4:06 PM

    One unnamed scout???? is that the best you can do? I’m sure its one of the scouts Idzik fired this week.
    Where are the ‘Others”? A new all time low, even for your writers.

  41. micknangold says: May 19, 2013 4:08 PM

    That you would link to a story written by a liar like Rich Cimini says a lot about you.

  42. dlk47823 says: May 19, 2013 4:10 PM

    Polamala- Pittsburgh’s top 2 picks from 2012 were both arrested and later released….You want talk about GM;s??????

  43. pftfan says: May 19, 2013 4:31 PM

    Opposing NFL Scout: “The New York Jets are the only team in this league that has a player who has been arrested! How dare they!”

  44. jprcox says: May 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    David Garrard signing is the only goof, and I would blame the Jets physicians more than the GM. What is the GM suppose to say – well our docs say he passed the physical but I think his knee won’t hold out?

    The Jet’s doctors took a pass already at other FA, so I guess we will see if THEY ( not GM ) are 0-2.

  45. saints4life57 says: May 19, 2013 6:18 PM

    This just in! Buddy Ryan throws a strong right hook to John Idzik eye socket! Hey someone needs to knock sense into the guy!

  46. saints4life57 says: May 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    This just in! Buddy Ryan throws a strong right hook to John Idzik’s eye socket! Hey someone needs to knock sense into the guy!

  47. orivar says: May 19, 2013 6:55 PM

    This is actually one of the dumbest criticisms I’ve seen this year and just goes to show how tabloid the media is. Both Garrard & Goodson are incidents that were completely unpredictable.

    Garrard being that his injury unfortunately didn’t fully heal (at least to play football) even with time and Goodson a case of complete stupidity. In Goodson’s case not only does he not have a criminal history but he was a passenger of the vehicle, not the driver. Garant Evans was the driver and owner of the car and the one with a previous criminal history so Goodson is really just a victim of not using his brain. When you’re in a situation like this, EVERYBODY gets the same charge.

    His own fault of course but why do peple pay attention to these trash tabloid ‘journalist’ like Rich Cimini .

  48. babyphife says: May 19, 2013 6:56 PM

    well it seems the first comment i ever made on this site was deleted! I guess when i said that the coverage of the Jets the last 6 months was the laziest example of journalism ive ever seen it hit a few nerves!! And when i said i pitied the people who accept that poor level of sports journalism i didnt think that was enough for a delete! maybe it was the part about feeling American Society was crumbling because of the Jets circus comments i crossed the line!

  49. kenny328usa says: May 19, 2013 7:32 PM

    He kept Rex Ryan as the coach 0-3

  50. sampsonswag01 says: May 19, 2013 7:39 PM

    More importantly …buy that man a sandwich. Goodness he looks like he’s skin and bones.

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