• ThatNewYorkJetsBlog

    It was interesting to hear your elaboration on why Idzik could be fired after his second year, and I see your points.

    You don’t keep Idzik because he deserves a fair shake- fair shakes are for owners. You keep him because you believed in his slow, long-term plan when you hired him. Reading between the lines about “sustainable success”, and his lack of free agency moves in 2013 and 2014, his emphasis was always on 2015 and beyond.

    He convinced Johnson that if given the chance to tear down the team, he could rebuild it into a successful franchise- and the Jets committed to that strategy. The reason you don’t fire Idzik now is because he told you from Day 1 that he was going to spend 2 years gutting the team. You don’t fire him because the team was bad during the gutting phase, you fire him if he can’t rebuild *after* the gutting phase.

    If I’m wrong and 2014 is how Idzik intends to operate every year, then yes, he’s as horrible as you say, and I would agree that it’d be ridiculous to give him a third year. But I think if you look at it carefully and read between the lines, you’ll agree that he has been in teardown mode since he got here and that he’s been looking towards 2015 to start competing again.

    As for not trusting Idzik with an early pick, there are no “Andrew Luck” caliber QB prospects in the 2015 draft. Even still, I don’t see why Idzik would pass over a “can’t-miss” starting QB if there was one. Marcus Mariota is the only projected top-10 QB pick- a scrambler from Oregon. If you hire Bill Lazor or Chip Kelly’s OC to replace Rex, I could see taking Mariota. He fits the Oregon style offense, but there are no other early first round QB candidates.

    • McGeorge

      I disagree.

      >>He convinced Johnson that if given the chance to tear down the team, he could rebuild it into a successful franchise- and the Jets committed to that strategy. The reason you don’t fire Idzik now is because he told you from Day 1 that he was going to spend 2 years gutting the team. You don’t fire him because the team was bad during the gutting phase, you fire him if he can’t rebuild *after* the gutting phase.

      Its not that the team is bad during the gutting phase, thats understood. Idzik has not at the same time drafted or signed younger players.
      Any fool can gut a team, just cut everyone like Oakland did and eat the cap hit.
      The real talent comes in drafting well, which is not easy.

      Idziks first year he inherited the Jets scouting department so he can’t bu fully blamed. And Dee Miliner getting hurt 2 years in a row was unfortunate and not predictable.
      But his drafting really much improve by a lot, and quickly, or else the Jets will be a 2-14 year for several years.

      One year is bad luck, 2-3 years of bad drafting = find a new GM.

    • Its really hard to tell with Idzik because he is never available to the media, when he is they have never shied away from saying the playoffs were possible, and some of the moves dont really say one way or the other. IMO a guy like Vick has no business on a rebuilding team. Matt Simms is fine in that regard. Moving Cro for an always injured and not as good Patterson at the same cost was more about hindering a coach (in terms of having a guy in the locker room) than being cost effective or looking for the future.

      Im not a draft expert by any means. But when I look at the Jets draft compared to the boards of many people I see a team drafting for need. You should never do that when rebuilding. Best talent at impact positions is far more important. Now I could be totally wrong on it but thats what I see.

      I think if you had the Luck prospect you wouldnt worry with Idzik at all. A surefire top pick is just that. I think the risk comes if you are drafting say 5/6 and you have the Mark Sanchez/Matt Leinart type of options. Bortles Im sure would fit in that same mold from last year as it seemed people were surprised he went where he did. Thats where I would say do you trust him with that decision. We’ll see where it goes next year.