Jets Hire John Idzik as New GM
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.”
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.