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John Idzik calls Rex Ryan “commendable” for taking Clemson trip


Jets General Manager John Idzik says coach Rex Ryan did the right thing by taking some time off to see his son last weekend.

Ryan, whose son is a Clemson walk-on receiver, has taken some heat for attending the game rather than working at the team facility on Saturday, when the Jets’ 53-man roster cuts were made. Although Idzik was initially silent on the matter, he has now said twice, once in an interview on the team’s website and once on Mike & Mike, that he doesn’t agree with members of the media who have criticized Ryan.

“That was surely overblown,” Idzik said on Mike & Mike. “I have a son playing. That time is special. . . . It doesn’t last and you’ve got to take advantage of family time whenever you get it.”

Idzik said he and Ryan had already discussed everything they needed to discuss to evaluate their 53-man roster before Ryan left the facility, and Idzik is glad that Ryan could be there.

“For him to get a chance to see his son in his first collegiate game, I think, was really special,” he said. “It was a Saturday night game, we did most of our work Friday night and Saturday, and he stayed in touch with us. So it was commendable that Rex was able to do it.”

Jets owner Woody Johnson has offered similar support for Ryan. So no matter how many people in New York don’t like it, Ryan was on solid footing with his bosses when he ducked out of work early on Saturday.

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43 Responses to “John Idzik calls Rex Ryan “commendable” for taking Clemson trip”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 6, 2013 9:33 AM

    Ryan likes when Idzik decided to step up.

  2. steelnucs says: Sep 6, 2013 9:34 AM

    No one with any common sense cares about this. He went to see his son, very understandable.


  3. floratiotime says: Sep 6, 2013 9:37 AM

    In fact he’s planning a surprise end-of-season trip for Rex right now.

  4. elliottcovert says: Sep 6, 2013 9:38 AM

    I think he’s under the impression that “commendable” means “incompetent”

  5. floridaslonechargersfan says: Sep 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    I think Rex is a complete clown but I also hope every media member who won’t let this story go gets an immense amount of grief the next time they miss work for one of their kids.

  6. purplengold says: Sep 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    Family is more important. Pity the little children posing as adult members of the media who haven’t learned this yet.

  7. jjbadd385 says: Sep 6, 2013 9:41 AM

    Unbelievable…if anyone thinks Rex was wrong here, I’m not even remotely a Jets fan, but I got his back on this one! I agree with Izdik too, blown way outta proportion!

  8. walkinginthewasteland says: Sep 6, 2013 9:42 AM

    Imagine that. The rest of the known universe (the set of individuals not including sports journalists who make mountains our of molehills) actually understood that the decisions had already been made, and this wasnt even close to being an issue.

  9. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 6, 2013 9:46 AM

    On that same Saturday, Tom Coughlin was at a BBQ. The media didn’t crucify him.

  10. pj1983a says: Sep 6, 2013 9:48 AM

    There are plenty of reasons to fire Rex Ryan. No need to invent criticism where it doesn’t/shouldn’t exist.

  11. modellforprez says: Sep 6, 2013 9:55 AM

    as much as i despise the blow hard dont really fault him for that. Clemson is a great school and team so i can imagine jets fans arent happy but they will get over it. especially when they go 5-11

  12. petedutcherjr says: Sep 6, 2013 9:56 AM

    The best thing Sanchez could do is beg the Jets to cut him, then sign a new contract with another team.

    I don’t think any QB can prosper in that environment for more than a season or two.

  13. tformation says: Sep 6, 2013 9:59 AM

    My God. Izdik is NICHOLAS CAGE.

    The Jets… they make sense now!


  14. whatjusthapped says: Sep 6, 2013 10:04 AM

    For as dumb as Rex is, Idzik might even be dumber.

  15. firstclasspack says: Sep 6, 2013 10:06 AM

    I think the Jets fans are very happy that this is the worst thing people are complaining about right now.

  16. maikoch says: Sep 6, 2013 10:08 AM

    Rex Ryan should be fired yesterday.

  17. jetsarestacked says: Sep 6, 2013 10:20 AM

    “So no matter how many people in New York don’t like it, Ryan was on solid footing with his bosses when he ducked out of work early on Saturday.”

    pretty sure manish mehta and PFT are the only people who had a problem with it.

  18. crappygovernment says: Sep 6, 2013 10:28 AM

    I hope Rex’s son gets treated exactly the way Rex treated Tebow in 2012! Fair is fair!

  19. kappy32 says: Sep 6, 2013 10:38 AM

    I think it is very important for a father to support his children in their athletic pursuits. I agree that it was “commendable” in what he did, but he didn’t go to watch his son “play” in the Clemson v. Georgia because the kid DOESN’T PLAY! Seth Ryan is a freshman walk-on at a power-conference FBS school… Those guys don’t play. I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid didn’t even dress for the game. Given the fact that the kid didn’t play & Rex took off for another state the day final roster cuts were being made is, in my opinion, negligible & fireable. I could understand if the kid even played ST, but he doesn’t. It was a bad move on his part & I think Idzig was given a company line by Woody & told to get it out.

  20. britishteeth says: Sep 6, 2013 10:40 AM

    PLEASE! No more Jets stories until they move to the CFL (which should be sometime in the next two weeks). Load up the Mayflower trucks and get this irrelevant team OUTTA HERE!!!

  21. fnsquirrel says: Sep 6, 2013 10:48 AM

    Seems a bit contradicting that “commendable” and “Rex Ryan” are used in the same sentence.

  22. coop317 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    Rex did ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong. Get off his back.

  23. officialgame says: Sep 6, 2013 11:11 AM

    Rex has do e some bone head things but seeing his son suit up for Clemson wasn’t one of them.

  24. dwarftosser says: Sep 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    Rex Ryan makes a lot of bad decisions, but this was not one of them. If you want to criticize the guy use one of the hundreds of other legit complaints.

  25. elijason says: Sep 6, 2013 11:12 AM

    Does anyone a PFT have kids?

  26. runmarshawnrun says: Sep 6, 2013 11:17 AM

    So a guy took a personal day from work to see his son’s first college game – and the only game all season he’d have the chance to see.

    A guy who’s going to be fired in 6 months put his son ahead of some 4th string players who were getting cut.

    A guy finished his duties on Friday and then worked remotely on Saturday to be with his family on an important day. And his bosses are totally okay with it.

    Where’s the story here? Nothing to see, move on please…

  27. tommyribs says: Sep 6, 2013 11:21 AM

    While Rex deserves a lot of the criticism that he gets, this seems like piling on to me.

    One thing people forget, is that he actually was at a College game that 22 NFL Scouts were at. Rex has seen a lot of future NFL players play live.

    You can bet he was scouting players and taking notes.

  28. realphinsfan says: Sep 6, 2013 11:36 AM

    People acting like it really matters who is on their 53. They could
    ve kept the bottom 53 from the original 90 and gotten the same poor results haha.

    All jokes aside, nothing wrong with Rex (who I love as a personality, but hate as a rival’s coach), going to see his kid’s first college game. People making a big deal out of nothing.

  29. hehateme2 says: Sep 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’ve never seen a professional franchise in such disarray. Their focus is on all of the wrong issues.

    No wonder they are a laughingstock! 4-12

  30. adlent says: Sep 6, 2013 11:58 AM

    Rex certainly wasn’t in the wrong, but I don’t think Idzik quells the story when you wait several days and THEN say it is commendable. Too much searching for the right answer to spin. If he truly felt it was commendable he wouldn’t have been silent for so long…

  31. dirtdawg54 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    “So no matter how many people in New York don’t like it …”

    Actually, all of us “people” don’t have an issue with it. Only overly-obssessed media types do. But they aren’t people. They are whatever is less intelligent than people … like rocks, coffee tables or urinal pucks.

  32. philyeagles5 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    As much as we don’t like him, Rex is still human.

  33. throwedoff1 says: Sep 6, 2013 12:36 PM


  34. chiadam says: Sep 6, 2013 12:57 PM

    It doesn’t matter if they discussed all the cuts ahead of time. The head coach owes it to the players he is cutting to be there. And his son played as many minutes as I did. He had to watch him sit on the bench?

  35. shackdelrio says: Sep 6, 2013 1:04 PM

    There are only a handful of coaches in the league that the media would make a big deal out of this. Ryan is one. Faux outrage at it’s finest.

  36. saintjohnwhodat says: Sep 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    Like the solid footing comment at the end of the article… Pure genius lmao

  37. thecrabcakestate says: Sep 6, 2013 2:22 PM

    Now I think Ryan has become a joke too but COME ON. It was preseason and he was being a good father. They’re just looking for reasons to bash him now. This reason I take issue with. Some of the others, fine.

  38. lrjets says: Sep 6, 2013 3:27 PM

    hehateme2 says:Sep 6, 2013 11:37 AM

    I’ve never seen a professional franchise in such disarray. Their focus is on all of the wrong issues.

    No wonder they are a laughingstock! 4-12

    Said the fan of a team who has NOT won a playoff game since 2000.
    Why would you post your brilliant thoughts in a blog having nothing to do with whatever you wrote?
    Methinks you weren’t hugged enough. This is what happens.

  39. lrjets says: Sep 6, 2013 3:33 PM

    Some fun facts.
    The Jets lost their two top players last season.

    I know, this year you’re winning the Super Bowl because you have Mike Wallace at $30 million guaranteed. Just one DUI or domestic disputeby him, and you won’t even have Jets fans to save your team from the one game not blacked out for you.
    So behave!

  40. carpi2 says: Sep 6, 2013 3:51 PM

    The good news for Rex is, this time next year, he will have a whole lot of free-time to see his son play!

  41. seahawksbmx says: Sep 6, 2013 3:55 PM

    On first glance, I thought it said “condemnable”. I agree with the GM…overblown for sure.

  42. hehateme2 says: Sep 6, 2013 4:00 PM

    lrjets says: Sep 6, 2013 3:27 PM
    Said the fan of a team who has NOT won a playoff game since 2000

    Well done to cherry pick the only positive stat the jets franchise has…

    How about this one, NO super Bowl appearances since 1968? Men have walked on the moon after the jets went to their one and only Super Bowl.
    Another couple, fewest AFC Championships, under .500 winning% lifetime, and least we forget the Clock Play… ROFL.

  43. lrjets says: Sep 6, 2013 5:52 PM

    hehateme2 ,

    You had a SB win in ’72……3 years later. But good try.

    Your last playoff win, was in 2000!!

    The biggest joke is you have to come here to troll.
    When your team owner doesn’t have to buy up seats to avoid blackouts, then brag!!


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