When Ruston Webster called old friend John Idzik after Idzik was hired as the New York Jets' general manager Jan. 18, he had two things to say.

"Congratulations," the Tennessee Titans general manager said.

There was a pause.

"Are you sure you want to do this?"

Being an NFL general manager is a dream that personnel men, scouts and salary cap experts around the league share. Molding a team's roster with millions of dollars to burn is quite the gig.

But in Idzik's case, the rush has come with plenty of headaches.

— He signed free agent Mike Goodson to share the starting job at running back. Then he saw Goodson charged with five counts of drug and gun possession Friday. Goodson was a passenger in a car — driven by a man with a previous drug-possession conviction — that was stopped in the left-center lane on Interstate 80 in New Jersey shortly after 3 a.m. ET Friday. Idzik cut two players who were arrested earlier this month and now must decide whether to do the same with Goodson.

— He cut numerous veterans because of a bloated salary cap he inherited from his predecessor, Mike Tannenbaum.

— He traded one of the best defensive players in the league, sending cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because Revis' contract exorbitant demands didn't fit owner Woody Johnson's view of smart money.

— He cut Tim Tebow, a move that angered the quarterback's fans and highlighted Johnson's major miscalculation of trading for a suspect player who sparked a circus atmosphere.

— He signed quarterback David Garrard to compete with Mark Sanchez, only to see Garrard abruptly retire last week because of recurring knee issues.

— He drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who quickly had to defend himself against charges that he was a diva.

Unlike GMs in smaller markets with fan bases that don't feel as tortured, Idzik hasn't had a grace period from the news media or agitated Jets fans. And don't expect opinionated tweeter Joe Namath to start advocating the patience Johnson preached in a recent interview.

Is Idzik sure he wants to do this? Yeah.

Will being a thoughtful, patient, confident decision-maker, as others view him, help him handle the pressures of this job? Yes.

But does Idzik even know what hit him?

"Not yet, to be honest. Not there yet," he said last week. "We have offseason program, the (organized team activities) coming up, the mandatory minicamp. After you get through mandatory minicamp, then you can kind of look back and say, 'What just happened?' I've been here a little over four months, and it just seems like one continuum."