Jets coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik sat next to each other at a table in front of the media Saturday evening answering questions about their 2013 draft class. When Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation and said, “You can’t have six quarterbacks forever ...” Idzik turned to Ryan and said softly enough that the microphones didn’t pick it up, “We can’t?” in a sarcastic, somewhat defiant tone. That seems to be Idzik’s approach right now. He is going to do things his way and he really does not care what anyone outside the Jets organization thinks. It is a departure from how the Jets have done business for the last few years when they have been influenced by public opinion and back pages. Consider in the last eight days, Idzik traded the most talented player on his roster, drafted a quarterback that comes with a ton of upside but is no sure thing and drafted two defensive players in the first round despite the public outcry to add playmakers on offense. Oh yeah, and Tim Tebow is still on the roster. The Jets hired Idzik in part because they believed he had the perfect temperament to calm things down around the team. He still has some work to do in that department, but he demonstrated he was in charge during the draft. Even Ryan seemed to shrink sitting next to Idzik. The blustery coach used to dominate any room he was in. During the draft, it looked as if he were clearly riding shotgun. It’s unlikely the 2013 Jets will show the dividends of Idzik’s plan. He spent the draft grabbing players the team had rated highly on its board, not players that fill needs with an eye on 2014 and beyond.
Idzik sticks to guns
New York Post | Apr 29