This is a no brainer, this one. New York Jets GM John Idzik gave a predictably pathetic performance (so what else is new?) in his mid-season press conference yesterday. He began with a 20 minute, rambling soliloquy about Jets history, the fans, how hard he and his colleagues work, and how we all need to let this play out. My feeling is I’ve seen enough.
Mr. Idzik has brought new meaning to the word “inept.” I’m not going to go into all the grim details of his tenure with the Green & White. The biggest problem I have with him is not owning his inability to supply his head coach with a competitive team this season. The irony of it all is that Idzik will be the one who will evaluate Rex Ryan’s performance at the end of the season. How he can come up with a fair evaluation of Rex Ryan considering some of the garbage he’s assembled on this roster is beyond me. And who the hell is evaluating Idzik’s performance? Not Jets owner Woody Johnson. He’d have to hire an outside agency to offer him a clue as to what’s actually going on with his own football team. We’ve yet to hear any words of reassurance from our fearless leader.
So the wait for the NFL draft begins early for my Jets – again. The fact is, no matter who declares, if John Idzik is making the likely top 5 pick for this team, all hope is lost. Of his 19 draft picks so far, Idzik has hit on two, maybe three. The word is even the best GMs hit on draft picks only about half the time. Idzik would be thrilled with 25%. The whole reason the Percy Harvin deal had to be consummated was the fact that Idzik picked three wideouts last May and not one has contributed to this team in any capacity other than collecting a paycheck. One of them already will never contribute to the Jets as 4th – round pick Jalen Saunders was cut from the team weeks ago. John Idzik, in his infinite wisdom, left WRs Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin on the board to pick S Calvin Pryor in the first round. Need I say more?
Now that Geno Smith is officially not the answer at quarterback for this team going forward, obtaining a #1 quarterback is of the highest priority for this franchise. But, if John Idzik is the man making that critically important decision for this organization, the Jets are doomed. His evaluation process apparently doesn’t prioritize talent as well as character as two of the players he’s brought in have been arrested already. CB Dmitri Patterson (Antonio Cromartie’s replacement) went AWOL, called out the team when they said he couldn’t be located, got cut, and turned down a chance to join the world champion Seattle Seahawks when they reached out to him. John Idzik prioritized signing this loser this past offseason while top – flight cornerbacks who were available in free agency signed on with other – now better – teams.
Woody Johnson is the only one, ultimately, who can solve this but, as I’ve expressed before, I don’t believe he’s capable of such a monumental decision. This franchise could use a Bill Polian or Charlie Casserly – type football guy to run this organization, but who’d want to come into this looney bin? The Jets’ reputation around the league is that of a three – ring circus and now I definitively know why Bill Belichick escaped to New England.