Jets general manager John Idzik emerged from his hole yesterday and saw his shadow — there must be six weeks until training camp. Idzik has proven to be more elusive than anyone on his roster as he has avoided reporters for weeks despite one of his running backs getting arrested on gun and drug charges and one of his quarterbacks retiring two months after he signed him. As his team wrapped up minicamp yesterday, Idzik met the media. If you were expecting answers, though, you came to the wrong place. Idzik ducked and dodged most of the questions thrown his way. And here’s the thing for Idzik: He can get away with it for now. Hired just five months ago, he still has a honeymoon period with Jets fans, many of whom celebrate his non-answers after viewing the organization as too chatty with the media in the last few years. But that honeymoon won’t last forever. All Idzik has to do is look toward Queens this week at the Jets’ former roommates at Shea Stadium — the Mets. Sandy Alderson is in year three of a rebuilding project and Mets fans have finally run out of patience. Idzik is in the early stages of his own rebuild, facing similar challenges to Alderson. He also inherited a team that miscalculated on some big contracts that handcuffed it from spending in other areas. He was faced with trading away Darrelle Revis because the team could not afford him like Alderson had to with Carlos Beltran. But Jets fans won’t be as patient Mets fans. If Idzik is still rebuilding in 2015, he will be run out of town. There is a myth that you can’t rebuild in New York, that fans won’t allow it. But it’s not true. Fans here are smart enough to see when an organization loses its way and needs to reboot. The Knicks are the latest example of a team that pulled this off. Donnie Walsh cleaned up Isiah Thomas’ mess and the Knicks have returned from the wilderness, but he had it turned around by Year 3.
Honeymoon won’t last for new Jets GM Idzik
New York Post | Jun 16