I don't understand this "stand up to Rex" mentality....I would much rather have my general manager and coach compliment each other and work well together...people make it sound that Rex doesn't know football.
Originally Posted by BRONX JET
You dont have to stick your chest out in every situation. You cant tell from this press conference if he is "meek" when it comes to important decisions
Both good points.
It is not so much as standing up to Rex as it is just not being a pushover. He can agree with Rex and not be a pushover. There is middle ground. Of course I want them to be able to work together.
I am hoping he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. We need a wolf.
I was a little nervous at the beginning of the press conference, but I think he did a good job of handling the media. And really, if you can handle the NY media, there's nothing you CAN'T handle.
I also agree that this whole "perception" of needing a GM who can stand up to Rex is just that - a perception. Being more thoughtful and soft-spoken doesn't disqualify Idzik from being a tough GM, and I think he's got the right idea: make the decisions and do the work required to make the Jets better. It sounds like his focus is 100% on that mission, and I don't see anybody (big personalities or otherwise) swaying him from that mission.
That being said, we'll see how it all works out this season.
his first time in front of this NY media and he's handling it very well. The man is prepared. That's a great start. Now let's hope it carries over.
And he said he hasn't looked over the roster with Rex and staff. oh, he has. and he knows who is gone
Agreed.... and he actually said he has not gone over the team with Rex and whoever else... HE DID NOT SAY HE HASNT DONE IT, just that he hasnt done it with the rest of the staff.
He looked over the team between interviews, prolly actually before his first interview. That article that was posted out here from his friend suggested that Idzik has files on local high school players, and that his buddy who works for whatever other team CALLS HIM to see what research he has on players.
He just said on SNY with Custer, that competition will rule the day. Competition everywhere, including most importantly, the QB spot.
That is music to my ears. Finally, a real live QB competition and ONLY allowing the best players to play no matter what position it may be.
And this is the right time - perhaps the only time to do it. With so much of the roster in flux, this is a prime opportunity to change the culture of the Jets system. Quite a few interesting articles about how that culture of competition has worked for the Seahawks - and it sounds quite firmly like the "seahawks" approach is what is going to be instilled here.
I mean, everyone loves something when it's working - but I am encouraged to hear that nonetheless.
Maybe he's the quiet type who waits for Rex to be alone in the shower and puts a shive in his back?
Hey I am not suggesting the gm should try and do things to sabotage the coach but he has to avoid things like "giving Rex is one pick of the draft", Caving in a signing a guy long term if it doesn't fit long term. cutting obviously poor players that rex still likes (eric smith, bart scott, etc) Upgrading obvious areas of weakness despite the coach saying he can make do because he is such a great coach. (safety, olb)
I think his comments seem fine with the direction the team should be headed in. He isn't going to give away specific personnel decisions when he has only been on the job for 3 days.
Media: "What do you think about Mark Sanchez at QB? Is he the starter?"
Idzik: "Did you watch him last year?" (laughs) "Would you start him?....No, he's not our starter. In fact, I'm trying to move him right now." (looks off to the right at an unknown guy in a suit wearing an earpiece) "(whispering)...did Arizona bite yet?" (guy puts finger to ear, nods no)