Archive for January, 2013

New GM John Idzik Focused on Reality, Not Perception

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- ”Well, I guess everyone’s going to have their opinions, you know, and I don’t deal much in perception, to be honest, I deal with reality. The reality here is I think this is one of the most fabulous infrastructures anyone could ask for. For one we have some of the most fervent, passionate fans in the National Football League. I’ve experienced what an advantage that could be in Seattle and in Tampa and Arizona, I feel that here. We have a state of the art stadium to play in, we have a state of the art facility, the people in this building are tremendous. So that’s reality to me, the more I got to know about the people here, the fans here, the environment here, the facilities, I think the football infrastructure is second to none. So, in my personal opinion it’s one of the best, one of the best opportunities that you could have.” – John Idzik new General Manager of the New York Jets.

That quote was in response to one of many different “perceptions” questions Idzik would be asked about, this one was about the perception that the Jets couldn’t give the GM job away, no one wanted it. Obviously that turned out to be one of many “misperceptions” Idzik would go on to talk about. If you just read the headlines and jokes on Twitter you might buy into many of these perceptions, one being that the Jets are a dysfunctional organization that needed to hire someone to clean up their own mess, well John Idzik does not buy into this particular perception at all. (more…)

Marty Mornhinweg Hired as New Offensive Cooridnator

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Jets hope former Eagles OC will re-ignite a stagnate offense formerly run by ousted Tony Sparano.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets finally hired a new General Manager today and immediately afterwards we had our answer for who would take over as the new offensive coordinator, ex-Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

As Woody Johnson’s search team was focused on finding a new GM (they got him, John Idzik) many wondered why the Jets were interviewing candidates for the offensive coordinator before they hired a GM, with coordinator candidates taking themselves off the market by accepting other jobs the Jets clearly couldn’t afford to wait around until the hired a GM to start the interviewing process.

Shortly after the Jets hired John Idzik as their new GM they also reached a decision to hire Marty Mornhinweg as their new offensive coordinator.

With the announcements coming so close together it appears the Jets had Mornhinweg at or near the top of their list and Idzik signed off on the hire allowing them to move on from the hiring process and now begin the process of rebuilding and redesigning this team. Idzik will immediately get to work trimming the cap number down (players like Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Jason Smith along with others will almost certainly be cut to save cap room) and figuring out what pieces should stay and what areas need to be addressed.

In Johnson’s and Rex Ryan’s end of the season presser Ryan suggested that he wanted a more aggressive-attack style offense. He felt they stayed stuck in the ground-and-pound mind state and he was looking to overhaul the Jets offensive plan of attack, Mornhinweg runs a west coast offensive system and has earned himself a solid reputation as a great offensive minded coach. Mornhinweg got his first NFL coaching job with the Green Bay Packers in 1995 as an offensive assistant/quality control, in 1996 he became the quarterbacks coach before becoming the 49ers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1997-2000.

Mornhinweg got the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions, but that didn’t last long as he was only the head coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2003 Mornhinweg was hired by the Eagles as a senior assistant and then took over the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach duties in 2004.

According to Mornhinweg’s bio, “Known as one of the top offensive minds in the league, Mornhinweg has put together record-setting performances for two different franchises in the role of offensive coordinator. In 2011, ,the Eagles offense set franchise records in total net yards (6,386) and first downs (356). His offense paved the way for RB LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 1,309 yards and set a team record with 20 touchdowns. and OB Michael Vick, who topped the 3,000-yard passing plateau and 500-yard rushing mark for the second straight season.”

There’s no doubting Mornhinweg’s track record, but obviously with the problems the Jets have on offense no one should be expecting record-shattering performances next season. Along with Mornhinweg will come more intense speculation that the Jets could make a play for Mike Vick if Chip Kelly decides not to keep the talented but often erratic and injury prone quarterback.

The speculation on draft picks and free agent signings will continue at a high pace, but the one thing you can be sure of is the offense will have a much different look next year. Whether or not the new look turns out to be good or bad will depend on what players Idzik decides to keep and new players to bring in, now it’s time for the Jets two newest employees to get to work rebuilding this football team.

Jets Hire John Idzik as New GM

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Veteran Seahawks Exec takes over for fired GM Tannenbaum.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - It took awhile but Woody Johnson and his search committee finished their due diligence, after interviewing a long list of candidates, and finally decided on, now ex-VP of football administration for the Seattle Seahawks, John Idzik.

According to his bio on the Seahawks team page, “Idzik oversees player negotiations, the team’s compliance with the NFL salary cap, player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, team travel and most aspect of the day-to-day operations while also remaining active in player evaluations.”

The Jets have hired the Seattle Seahawks VP of football administration John Idzik to replace Mike Tannenbaum as GM.

Already the narrative is forming that Idzik is, “just another cap guy,” or a “Tannenbaum clone,” but Idzik is more than a just a cap guy. As mentioned above Idzik remained “active in player evaluations,” but more than that, prior to his six years in Seattle Idzik, “spent three seasons as Senior Director of Football Operations for the Arizona Cardinals, helping to build an eventual NFC Champion. Idzik entered the NFL in 1993 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent 11 years with the Buccaneers, first as a Pro Personnel Assistant and then was elevated to Director of Football Administration in 1996 and Assistant General Manager in 2001.”

In addition to his front office experience Idzik also has a bit of a coaching background. In 1982 Idzik took his first coaching job with the State University of New York at Buffalo as the receivers coach after graduating from Dartmouth College, (magna cum laude) with a degree in mathematics, where he played receiver. In 1990 Idzik served as “offensive backfield coach for the Aberdeen Oilers (Scotland) of the British American Football League.” Idzik went on to earn a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University in 1992 and spent the ‘91-’92 seasons as a graduate assistants coach of the “offensive line and running backs.”

Idzik also has family ties to the Jets according to his bio page, “Raised in a football family, Idzik’s father, also John, was the head coach of the Aberdeen club after serving as an NFL assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and the N. Y. Jets. They became one of the NFL’s few father-son Super Bowl champions in 2003 when the younger Idzik’s Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII, as his father was the offensive backfield coach of the Super Bowl V champion Baltimore Colts.”

Idzik has had much more experience with the business side of football than the scouting side, which is what is causing people to label him as a numbers guy, but his resume certainly suggests he has had experience in player personnel matters and is qualified to be a General Manager. Only time will tell if he makes a good General Manager or not, but he might be bringing some scouting and talent evaluating friends with him to shake up the scouting department of the Jets as has been suggested over the past few days.

Idzik comes highly recommended in certain circles and comes from an organization who has done a tremendous job of drafting and building a roster over these past few years, Matt Flynn signing aside, if he can replicate the Seahawks recent success with player acquisitions Jets fans will find themselves quite happy with this hire.

2012 Post-Mortem: Rex and Woody Promise Changes

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Florham Park, NJ- The standard season-ending press conference was originally scheduled to take place eight days ago, since the delaying of said press conference there has been outrage, frustration, ridicule and every possible conspiracy theory one could possibly think of to explain the reasoning for the delay. Today reporters gathered themselves, shoulder to shoulder in the cramped media room, to hear what owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan had to say, not only about the failure of this season, but the direction of this franchise for the future and one thing was made clear, change is coming.

“Thank you all for being here today, you’re valued reporters for the New York Jets, and you know this has been a really tough year for all of us. I want to make little bit of an apology, I’ve read your comments about the delay and coach (Rex Ryan), isn’t responsible for this, I wanted him to wait until I had a chance to think a little bit more about the season and Mike Tannenbaum and the changes we’re making, but I thought we probably could have gotten back to you earlier.” Johnson said to open up the press conference. “I think the fans wanted to know, the fans deserved to know. So your comments regarding the delay are valid and I take them for what the are, so I appreciate that.”

As they say better late than never and that applies to much more than just the presser it also applies to all the changes that have been and will soon be made. (more…)

After Postponed Presser Rex Goes on Vacation, Media Goes Nuts

Friday, January 4th, 2013

This past Monday was Black Monday and clean out day, every year the day after the season officially ends the coach and the GM hold a post-mortem press conference to discuss the good and the bad of the season and shed light on the direction the team will take in the offseason.

This did not happen this past Monday and may whatever god you believe in have mercy on all of our football loving souls for everything that followed the postponing of said presser.

Since we’re going to be touching on the topic of “professionalism” and “journalistic ethics,” it’s important to get this out of the way, there won’t be much journalism involved with this 100 percent opinion column. I will use my three years of experience covering the Jets to offer up my viewpoint on the state of the Jets as an organization and the the state of the media. Now while I admit this is not a journalistic piece of writing, hell just using I technically destroys that, I will still keep this professional, sorry to disappoint those that were hoping otherwise. (more…)