Jets Town Hall 2014 Provided Fan’s With A Unique, Intimate Experience
Select Jets’ season ticket holders were invited recently to an evening at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater hosted by the team’s top brass including Owner Woody Johnson, President Neil Glat, GM John Idzik, Head Coach Rex Ryan, and voice of the Jets, Bob Wischusen.
The goal of the second annual event was to give an exclusive, in-depth look into the team, it’s direction and new and improved perks as a season ticket holder.
The event was led off by Idzik’s coverage of the free agent additions to the 2014 roster. Notable off-season additions include: Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, Mike Vick, Jacoby Ford and re-signings such as Jeff Cumberland and Calvin Pace.
After covering the moves the team made in free agency, Idzik transitioned to the 2014 NFL Draft by introducing all 12 new draftee’s to the fans. The Draft Class was highlighted by the Jets’ first-round pick, Calvin Pryor, who’s a physical run thumping safety that drew comparisons to former Oakland Raider Probowler Jack Tatum from Rex Ryan.
The Jets also bolstered their wide receiving core in later rounds by adding a number of playmakers to the position (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, and Quincy Enunwa). Sander’s has definitely been the most scrutinized name out of all the wide receivers as he weighed in at just 165 pounds at the combine. Idzik touched upon the weight concern and offered some relief to fans, “Jalen’s size may scare you but he doesn’t play to his size. We have no qualms with Jalen.”
After Idzik gave a thorough analysis of all 12 picks in this year’s draft class, Rex Ryan gave an exclusive look into the defensive play calls as he elaborated on the different audible in the Jet’s zone blitz packages.
The invited fans were then treated to a Q&A session with Ryan and friends with the goal better understanding the strategy and decisions made by the team this off-season. The event gave all in attendance a personal experience, which isn’t offered by many other NFL Teams.
Ryan wished that this type of event were available to him when he was growing up. Ryan and Idzik both had fathers who were Jets’ coaches and grew up as loyal Jets fans. “I think I connect with the fans for the simple fact that I was one of them,” Rex said. “It’s not just our team. It’s their team.”
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