John Idzik: My performance has been unsatisfactory

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Jets General Manager John Idzik met the media on Monday, less than 24 hours after his team lost its seventh straight game in an ugly 43-23 loss to the Bills that saw quarterback Geno Smith benched after throwing three interceptions in a little more than 10 minutes.

Idzik, who was more emotional than we’ve seen in prior appearances, opened the presser with a lengthy prepared statement, during which he compared the team’s first eight to getting “punched in the face” and said that his performance in the job to this point has been “unsatisfactory.” Several of the areas he’s impacted as a G.M. came up during the course of the presser, with Idzik defending the team’s use of their salary cap space this offseason and lamenting the various reasons why the team lost their top three prospective cornerbacks.

He also said that while Smith’s play on Sunday was “a concern,” the team believes he’s continuing to develop as a quarterback and that he’s moving through some “rough patches” at present. Idzik wouldn’t say what that meant for the future at quarterback and he also cited company policy to wait until the end of the season for why he wouldn’t comment on coach Rex Ryan’s job status, although he offered praise for Ryan during his time behind the microphone.

There was other attempts to highlight positives in the team’s play, although some were a stretch and Idzik admitted they haven’t done anything consistently except for lose this season. Idzik said he still believes in the talent on the roster and in the team’s plan to “win now and win in the future,” which isn’t surprising since it is his plan and his roster. There wasn’t much of an answer as for why anyone else should believe in those things, which limits the value of everything else Idzik said on Monday.

Not that there was much Idzik could say that would make things better. A 1-7 start in a 16-game season says enough all by itself.

75 responses to “John Idzik: My performance has been unsatisfactory

  1. They demolished him on Mike and Mike. This guy built a story team by saving twenty million

  2. Get a clue, this guy STILL thinks Smith will be a good QB. Unreal, you can’t make this stuff up. Jet’s just keep giving the one liners.

  3. I was watching Francesa on FS1 after the press conference and it was the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. I thought his head was gonna explode like a cartoon. That was the best sports rant I’ve ever heard and I give no damn about the Jets. Someone post that audio, PLEASE

  4. Maybe he’d be better if he was able to handpick his coach rather than have Woody Johnson force Rex on him. Rex we all know you know defense but you will never find a quarterback.

  5. Oh boy…a mea culpa. Now people will really be screaming for his head. His comments show he doesn’t believe in what he’s doing. Once you can’t defend your own performance, you need to resign.

  6. As a Pats fan, the only thing better than the butt fumble, is Geno Smith’s performance after the brash bravado this team espoused while breaking camp.
    Congratulations Wrecks Ryan!

  7. The problem with The Jets is that they are incapable of making decisive decisions.

    1. If Geno was your guy you don’t sign Vick. You just don’t. That move sent the message that you didn’t really have trust in the guy.

    2. Pulling Geno the first time was dumb. If you want to see what you have with Geno then you have to let him play. Even when he plays badly.

    3. Going back to Geno after pulling him was dumber. At that point you commit to the backup and give him the first team reps. Otherwise why the h*ll did you pull your starter?

    4. Signing Harvin was dumb, when you coulda had Jax earlier. You draft Vick as a backup hedging your bets – but you don’t get his favorite receiver who was on the market?

    Also getting Jax likely helps Smith. Decker isn’t a true #1 – he’s a great #2 – so you get Jax who is like a 1a and Decker your 2 and all of a sudden your WR corps looks respectable.

    5. Pulling Geno again even dumber. Yes I know he threw 3 ints in 8 minutes, but once again, either you’re committing to him or you’re not. And it seems like their saying (again) that Geno is their guy. So if he’s your guy…why pull him? Again.

    They can’t make a decision, a firm decision and that indecisiveness just kills any hope this team may have had and may still have moving forward.

  8. Neither Sanchez nor Smith has had the line or the weapons to be successful for the last several years. I think Ryan is a clod, but he is working without a lot of talent in a division that includes New England. The GM is supposed to find the talent. I am not seeing it.

  9. I laugh at the salary cap stuff. Everyone says that the jets have “tons” of cap space. I just read an article that has the jets as having $12 mil in cap space and the pats have $10 mil. But people aren’t saying the pats are hoarding cap space. Idzik spent he just didn’t spend it right. The pats have $8 mil in dead space from guys they cut at te end of the pre season or they would have $18 mil in unused cash. So it matters where you spend and who your coach is

  10. The Jets season is just “Suck for Luck 2”. They’ll draft a top flight QB in the upcoming draft.
    .

  11. If I was sitting at 1 -6, now 1-7, I’d be concerned about keeping the fans in the seats also.
    But banking on Percy Harvin to help you do that? Wow! I hope he helps , but this smells of greed and desperation.

  12. The guys is probably so beat up, that he is reserved to the fact that he and Rex will be gone by season’s end. Tough business this NFL is. On another note i am sure Jets season ticket holders will be off-loading their tickets death cheap right about now.

  13. They should have started Vick. They could have gotten 3 to 4 wins with Vick. Let Geno sit and watch. You know Vick will get injured and then you let Geno go in with Psyche intact.

  14. The only team more dysfunctional than the Jets is the Raiders. If these two teams played each other, they’d end in a scoreless tie and wrack up hundreds of penalty yards.

  15. pooflingingmonkey says:
    Oct 27, 2014 3:17 PM
    The only team more dysfunctional than the Jets is the Raiders. If these two teams played each other, they’d end in a scoreless tie and wrack up hundreds of penalty yards.

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    Have you ever watched football?

  16. pooflingingmonkey says:
    Oct 27, 2014 3:17 PM
    The only team more dysfunctional than the Jets is the Raiders. If these two teams played each other, they’d end in a scoreless tie and wrack up hundreds of penalty yards.
    ==========================

    Or the Jets would walk away with a victory, you know, like they did week one this year… Not a Jets fan, I love trashing them, but c’mon man

  17. Geno is the type of QB that needs to learn while sitting behind a good QB. He could likely develop into a good QB, but he’s not close to being ready to be the team’s general.

    Unfortunately, Vick is a horrible choice for a backup.

  18. Geno Smith was the product of a gimmick wide-open offense where he didn’t have to make any difficult reads nor properly read progressions… He is NOT an NFL QB… A back-up at best… Move on Jets…

    Fire Rex and let him replace Mike Smith at Atlanta…

  19. It’s a joke to think that Idzik and Rex Ryan are matched against Bill Belichick. The magnitude of the deficiency is huge. Geno Smith could be even worse than Mark Sanchez.
    When is the baby oil baron, Woody Johnson, going to show some accountability for his bad appointments?

  20. John Idzik was the Jets fifth choice for GM when he was hired two years ago. No one wanted that job because Woody Johnson is a meddling clown. Imagine interviewing for the GM position and being told that Rex Ryan has to stay as head coach. If the owner won’t let the GM make his own decisions, then the franchise fails.

  21. edelmanfanclub says:
    Oct 27, 2014 2:44 PM
    Maybe he’d be better if he was able to handpick his coach rather than have Woody Johnson force Rex on him. Rex we all know you know defense but you will never find a quarterback.
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    So Rex is to blame for scouting and drafting oh wait you’re an uninformed moron that would be the guy that we’re discussing here Mr Idzik who hasn’t given Rex a QB to work with but hey why let facts get in the way just keep beating up the guy that was handed a steaming pile for 4 years and asked to turn it into a winner.
    And don’t go with he can’t coach defense either look at the scoreboard they gave up 4o to the Bills ,it’s not easy to stop a team when you give them the ball 6 times on your end of the field like say from the 1 ,they gave 280 yards total

  22. “The NFL will always be a quarterback league.

    Until the Jets find one they’ll continue to be bottom feeders.”

    Not entirely true and I don’t understand why a lot of people don’t get the NFL is an “Oline league”. If you can’t protect the QB it doesn’t matter whether you have Brady, Manning, Breeze, Smith or Vick back there.

    The game starts at the Oline and then the QB.

  23. If I was Rex I’d tell Idzik to suck it I’m gone, he’s getting killed for having a horrible roster.
    Those that say “why does he back Geno why not start Vick” what’s he supposed to say?
    Yeah the guys a friggin joke he’s a turnover machine can you believe I gotta play this POS and hey my backup is same guy just 10 years older …c’mon coaches have to say crap they don’t wanna say.
    And cap guy comment ,they had 23 mil until they traded for Harvin and extended Kerley

  24. Ha ha. So your starting QB is a bust, your back-up QB is a felon, and your head coach makes foot fetish videos and posts them online. Great job Mr. GM!

  25. Too many uncompetitive games.

    45-3 (Patriots, 2010)
    37-16 (Patriots, 2011)
    45-19 (Eagles, 2011)
    49-19 (Patriots, 2012)
    34-0 (49ers, 2012)
    28-9 (Bills, 2012)
    30-9 (Fins, 2012)
    28-7 (Seahawks, 2012)
    38-13 (Titans, 2013)
    37-14 (Bills, 2013)
    49-9 (Bengals, 2013)
    43-23 (Bills, 2014)

    THIS year it’s not about losing big, but the 1-7 start is the worst in years.

    31-0 (Chargers, 2014)

  26. Face it…Rex ain’t that good of a coach period.
    And as far as some defensive genius forget that also.
    His offense has scored over 23 pts in three of the losses and high teens in the other three ( discount SD game entirely).
    Those are winnable numbers from an offense with a stout defense and some sort of defensive mastermind as coach.
    Basically Rex’s vaunted defense can’t stop a paper bag even if the offense puts up some numbers.
    Rex is overhyped even as a defensive coach.

  27. I strongly believe that if Rex Ryan has to go, John Idzik has to go as well. He has not set up his head coach for success. The draft and FA signings this past offseason have been very lackluster as a whole.

  28. “The only team more dysfunctional than the Jets is the Raiders. If these two teams played each other, they’d end in a scoreless tie and wrack up hundreds of penalty yards.”

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    They played Week 1. 19-14 Jets. Raiders want a rematch.

  29. @ Kansas City. Oh oh.

    Then the Steelers come to town. THAT matchup isn’t looking as good as it did a few weeks ago.

    When will the scheduling gods relent?

  30. Say what you will but Vick came in with the team down 14 points and still manage to have the team put up 23 points despite not having first team REPS and the works,,Rex stubbornness is where we at today.

    We all did say just start Vick at the beginning of the season and go from there,, I bet they would have had more than just the one win,,Vick has yet to start a game where he is NOT down by double digit points no thanks to Geno.Being stubborn with the pet project is why we are here.
    Could you imagine if Rex was coach of the bills ..good luck with him there pulling Ej Manuel.

  31. Anyone who watched Geno against KSU or TTech his senior year, seen the holes in his game. Drafting such a lack of talent from WVU should cost you your job. Kinda like Parcels taking a second round qb from WVU who is now a fishermen.

  32. A video to the Francesa comments are on the NY Daily News web-site. I tried to upload twice but apparently this site doesn’t like the direct link.

    The video is very reminiscent of Dennis Green, Herman Edwards, and Jim Mora, Sr. Maybe they should make a law firm!

  33. sbmcintosh36 says:
    Oct 27, 2014 4:01 PM
    If I was Rex I’d tell Idzik to suck it I’m gone, he’s getting killed for having a horrible roster.
    Those that say “why does he back Geno why not start Vick” what’s he supposed to say?
    Yeah the guys a friggin joke he’s a turnover machine can you believe I gotta play this POS and hey my backup is same guy just 10 years older …c’mon coaches have to say crap they don’t wanna say.
    And cap guy comment ,they had 23 mil until they traded for Harvin and extended Kerly
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    If they had (past tense) $23 mil and then spent $11mil of that, how was my statement wrong? They spent the money. They spent just as much as the pats. Where did they spend it??? The pats have top notch players all over their roster. Brady, wilfork, revis, gronkowski, mccourty, c jones, etc. Players worth big money. The jets have over spent on garbage players

  34. “I am a Dolphin fan and I love this guy.”

    The Jets ended the Dolphins season in Week 17 last year, in case you forgot. The Dolphins have not benefitted at all from Idzik being the Jets GM.

    Are the Dolphins better than the Jets this year? Yes. Does it matter at all as far as the Dolphins playoff chances go? No. You still need to beat the Patriots again and manage to split with the Bills to even have a chance. Have you looked at the Dolphins remaining schedule? It’s rough. If you’re assuming a Dolphins sweep of the Jets, think again. They’re going to have to earn that on the field. The Jets are not much different talent wise from what they were a year ago, they just have a much more difficult schedule and a terrible cornerback problem- and last year was a split. Even if they do sweep, that only gets them to six wins.

    But what am I saying? A fan like you is satisfied with having a better record then the Jets. Enjoy 3rd place. I’ll live with last place and a rebuild. Jets fans are used to this sort of thing.

  35. Though I have had a miserable track record, regardless of its brevity, evidenced by the team on the field as well as the excess cap money left in the bank, I would like to state that I WILL be here next year, as the GM, as opposed to our HC I hung out to dry.

  36. Mr. Idzik it’s Bill Belichick on line 1 for you…

    BB. Hi john we’d like to make a trade for Rex we would love to have him as our defensive coordinator whats it gonna take to make that happen ?

    Mr.Idzik . you can have em he’s gone after this year anyway….

    im a pats fan and Rex sucks as a head coach but definitely a top 3 defensive coordinator & will not be unemployed more than 2 hours bank on it.

  37. As Disfunctional as the Raiders may seem at least they’re building with youth, have plenty of cap space (all but one of our free agent singings this offseason were 1yr prove it deals), they actually appear to have drafted a franchise QB who’s getting better as he gains experience, the Raiders are playing more competitive vs the Jets which seem to be less competitive and the kicker is that if the Raiders end up having the 1st pick in the 2015 draft, don’t plan on Marriotta wearing Jets Green unless Idzik/New GM trades up to get him otherwise he’ll be wearing the Buccaneers, Redskins, Titans or Rams Gear!!! It’s just the Truth..

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