Idzik still silent on Rex’s trip to Clemson

Jets coach Rex Ryan has explained his decision to leave the building on cut-down day to attend his son’s college football game.  Jets owner Woody Johnson has said he had no problem with Ryan being absent.  Meanwhile, Ryan’s immediate supervisor remains conspicuously silent on the situation.

G.M. John Idzik still hasn’t said he was fine with Rex not being at work on the day the rosters of all teams cut from 75 men to 53, giving a franchise short on talent a chance to start picking over other teams’ trash.  Even during an unplanned appearance with reporters after practice on Wednesday, Idzik said nothing about the situation.

The transcript circulated by the team shows that Idzik wasn’t asked a specific question about Ryan’s day trip to South Carolina.  Idzik at one point said he’s “fully supportive” of Ryan, but that came in response to a question about the decision to play quarterback Mark Sanchez during the fourth quarter of the third preseason game.

When it comes to shaping a message, the team shouldn’t wait for the right button to be pushed or a broad statement to be interpreted a certain way.  The Jets should have realized that Idzik needed to say something direct and unequivocal about the situation.

Idzik actually needed to say something sooner than Wednesday.  Ideally, a statement from Idzik should have been released the moment Ryan began to draw criticism, articulating for Ryan the explanation Ryan eventually had to provide on his own behalf.  The cuts, as Ryan said, had been made on Friday.  And Ryan and Idzik, as Ryan said, were in communication all day about possible waiver claims.

Even more ideally, the Jets should have gotten in front of the story before it happened, anticipating that an embattled coach would be criticized for disappearing on a fairly important non-playing day and disclosing affirmatively the fact that Rex was leaving for the day and that a plan was in place for the work to get done without him there.  If the Jets had merely anticipated the criticism that would come, the Jets could have minimized or avoided it by disclosing it in advance, and by characterizing it as a non-issue.

For more on that subject and several other NFL-related topics, here’s former Chiefs G.M. and Patriots V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli from Wednesday’s PFT Live.

13 responses to “Idzik still silent on Rex’s trip to Clemson

  1. For gods sake. How about just letting a man watch his son play football? Isn’t there enough other trash to pick through in this sad franchise of ours?

  2. Ryan’s trip may have been a case of “if dad says “no,” go ask mom.”

    On another note, I’m sure most Chiefs fans wish that Scott Pioli had been absent on draft day and cut down day.

  3. There aren’t enough facepalms in the world. What do the peanut vendors at MetLife stadium think about Rex’s trip to Clemson!?!? The season is only 12 hours away but it can’t get here soon enough.

  4. Jesus, even I am saying leave Rex alone.. If the owner didn’t have issues with it, how can Idzik have any???

  5. Why does he need to say anything Manesh??
    Does anyone really think Rex just did it without asking or called in sick?
    Idzik was fully aware and ok’d it. .. move on to the next non story about the Jets , there should be another to “report”in the next 20 minutes.

  6. so basically you’re saying there’s not enough news on the first day of football that you had to make a story about how the gm of a team didn’t answer a question he was never asked….got it

  7. Can we stop with this story. Its a non-issue. No one cares. Jets haters and Fans alike are tired of this story. Stop reporting it. The horse is dead and buried.

  8. I think it’s been well documented that Mr. Idzik wanted to move on from Rex but what is the use of bringing in a new coach to go sub .500. The owner also wanted Rex back for one last year. He probably didn’t know that Rex would be sending out his highest paid player in a 4th quarter of a pre-season game with a bunch of backups who are not even on the team anymore. If that wasn’t a final sign of how lost Rex is as a head coach, I don’t what is.

  9. rcali says:Sep 5, 2013 12:50 PM

    I think it’s been well documented that Mr. Idzik wanted to move on from Rex but what is the use of bringing in a new coach to go sub .500. The owner also wanted Rex back for one last year. He probably didn’t know that Rex would be sending out his highest paid player in a 4th quarter of a pre-season game with a bunch of backups who are not even on the team anymore. If that wasn’t a final sign of how lost Rex is as a head coach, I don’t what is.
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    Well documented?? You mean made up by Mehta’s sources..Don’t believe everything you read my friend

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