Idzik on Vick: Having inside knowledge of a player is a tremendous advantage

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Jets General Manager John Idzik had a conference call on Thursday and there were two main topics of conversation.

One was the team’s failure to be more active in free agency and Idzik stuck to upbeat, vague answers about being selective while stressing that he feels the team hasn’t missed out on an opportunity to get better this offseason. The other big topic was the reported visit from quarterback Michael Vick on Friday.

Idzik would not confirm or deny that Vick would meet with the team, choosing to focus on the value that comes from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s familiarity with how Vick “manages the team” when it comes to making “a wise decision.”

“Whenever you have inside knowledge on a player, with a coach who has worked with them, a player who has played with them, there’s some member of your staff that has been around that player for a while — that is a tremendous advantage,” Idzik said, via Kimberley Martin of Newsday. “There is less projection. Especially if you’re dealing with a position that entails a lot.”

You’d imagine that Vick would be nowhere close to the team’s radar if Mornhinweg’s reports on his time with the quarterback in Philadelphia were overwhelmingly negative, although that doesn’t eliminate the possibility that the two sides fail to agree on issues of compensation and playing time that would be part of any negotiation.

Idzik also said that he’s been in regular contact with the representatives for Mark Sanchez, who is due a $2 million roster bonus on Tuesday that he’s unlikely to get whether or not Vick signs with the Jets.