yeah it pisses me off, too.
The jets have not even made an official announcement on who their next GM will be and already the gossip columnists are creating their own version of reality.
At this point information is pointing to the hiring of Idzik as GM although nothing hs been made official yet. But that has not stopped fiction writers like rich cimini, Gary Myers and manish Mehta from creating a fictional narrative about the potential hire. They refer to him as a cap guy, despite him spending 11 years working the personnel side for Tampa Bay. Even national writers at rotoworld have labeled Idzik a cap guru only in their daily jets bashing blurbs.
The jets organization has done itself no favors by its actions over The past few seasons much to the delight of the gossip columnists posing as reporters that cover the team. But it's unfortunate when the team attempts to do the correct thing in hiring a promising candidate at a vital position, only to have the gossip columnists create a false narrative to fit the jets circus story that has become profitable for them.
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Maybe the narrative is taking form because it already exists.
There is no conspiracy here people. Nobody is out to get the Jets. If anything, the media has been more than patient especially in light of all of Rex Ryan's antics over the past three seasons.
The narrative exists because the candidate that we are focusing on is simply not a pro player personnel guy. The record speaks for itself, it's been over 10 years since this guy was intimately involved in understanding college talent and picking players. The Seahawks have a GM, that's his job. This guy was making sure that contracts were being signed, the cap was under control, the office staff bought enough Windex, that the charter jet was booked, and that the toilet paper was stocked properly in the bathrooms.
Our owner is going in a bizarre direction. It is perfectly normal for fans and the media to call that out. You guys are living in a dream world where everything is everybody's fault except Rex Ryan. Next year, you'll be singing a different tune.
While we wait to hear whether John Idzik will be announced as general manager of the Jets today, it might be worth considering what Seahawks fans think of him. Below is what SB Nation's Seahawks blog, Field Gulls, wrote yesterday.
In addition to all this coaching carousel talk, Seattle stands to lose a central figure in their front office, VP of Football Operations, John Idzik, as he interviews with the Jets for their vacant GM position for a 2nd time today. Idzik, from what I understand, has been an integral piece of Seattle's rebuild and the man behind the salary cap management over the past few years. The Seahawks have been tight with their money, but this frugality has led Seattle to become one of the best-managed franchises in the NFL over the past two or three years, a stark contrast to teams like the Raiders and Ravens, for instance, who face the possibility of dropping key players because of cap overages.
According to the Seahawks' website, 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 aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations."
Albert Breer also pointed out yesterday that the final sentence up there is true, Idzik has a role in scouting players, and the Seahawks have sent him on the road with this function of late. This dual ability - a business management acumen plus an ability to evaluate talent - is what makes him so valuable to the Seahawks and attractive to the Jets. I don't know if it's warranted, but I'm almost more worried about losing Idzik than I am about losing Bevell or Bradley.
"of late" isn't good.
Unless he has been scouting colleges during the regular season as he runs all of the Seahawks operations, when exactly was he getting first-hand knowledge of the next group of NCAA players coming up?
He's not to take this job anyway, this is just fun and games.
The guy has 11 years of player personnel experience. The issue is it's been 10 years since he was intimately involved on that side of the front office. If he were such a hot shot helping build the Super Bowl team in Tampa bay, why didn't he become a GM then? Why did he move laterally and become the head of football operations instead?
This guy is a "C" level candidate of no interest. The only reason for any pseudo-optimism is because the Seahawks look like a good team and he is helped by that association. As we hypothesized three weeks ago when Rex Ryan was retained, no one is going to want this job and we are going to wind up settling for the wrong person and someone who is going to be a dice roll project.
I'm not going to pretend to know anything about this. But I know what I read, and I know what I hear, and everyone is singing the same story.
Everyone, except you.
I don't think they are falsely portraying him. Idzik is a "cap guy" with some personnel experience as well as some coaching experience.
That is worlds better than just having a "cap guy" like Tanny.
His bio clearly points out that he is heavily involved on the cap/contracts side of things and only makes a small mention of him being "active" in player evaluations. That can mean anything.
What I like is the last part. It seems that he has relationships throughout the league and that should benefit us.John Idzik begins his sixth season with the Seahawks after joining the club on February 16, 2007. With Seattle, 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 aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations. In addition, he serves as the club’s primary liaison to the NFL Office and represents the club at League meetings.
Im ok with this hire as long as he brings in his own scouts. Get buttway and the other clowns out of here.
John Idzik has been involved in all personnel decisions. Just go look at the facts and then come back to me. Use some windex on your computer screen when you are reading next time.
How is Woody's direction bizarre exactly?. Was it hiring KornFerry who hired Seattle's current GM? Was that the bizarre direction that you speak of?
As for Rex, Everyone knows that this is a make or break year for him. If the Jets are a failure in 2013. He will not be the head coach in 2014. He knows it, every fan knows it and the whole Jets organization knows it. There are no different tunes but I will tell you who plays the same tune over and over and over again. That would be you. I don't mind someone who is cynical or takes a negative stance or viewpoint but it's all that you can or ever do. So it's hard to give you any credit or respect because you all do is sing the same old tune. That's all you bring to the table.
Last edited by LeonM; 01-17-2013 at 09:30 PM.