The New York Jets brought a smile to the faces of their fans on Friday when they named John Idzik their new general manager. Idzik has been the vice president of football administration for the
Seattle Seahawks the past six seasons.
Newyorkjets.com announced that the organization will hold an introductory press conference on Thursday, January 24, at 11 am at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
Idzik may be the best move the Jets have made this offseason because he will be a huge factor in the rebuilding of the franchise. Idzik has been the reason behind several special teams in the past. He held a position in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office when they won Super Bowl XXXVII over the Oakland Raiders. He also helped construct two playoff contenders, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks.
Rex Ryan joins a special list of head coaches to play under Idzik which includes: Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green, Jon Gruden, and Mike Holmgren.
Idzik is becoming the general manager of a team that has a lot of question marks. He is taking over a franchise that finished 6-10 last season and has some key upcoming free agents. Among the free agents on defense are Yeremiah Bell, Mike Devito, and LaRon Landry. The main offensive free agents are Braylon Edwards, Shonn Greene, Dustin Keller, and Brandon Moore. Kicker Nick Folk is also a free agent, the Jets called on him often, and he gave the team a steady contribution.
The Jets will most likely direct their attention towards the offense this offseason. The defense began to come together at the end of last season, but could potentially lose safeties Bell and Landry. The Jets had the No. 30 ranked offense last season under former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. This week Marty Morningweg was appointed Sparano's replacement having coordinated the Philadelphia Eagles offense under Andy Reid the past seven seasons.
Idzik has a lot of big decisions make in the future. The franchise is in a rebuilding stage, but the free agent market and the prospects entering the draft are loaded with talent. It will be interesting to see what direction Idzik takes the team in 2013 and beyond.