In addition to his responsibilities of getting the team on the right track, general manager John Idzik is taking a more hands-on approach when it comes to Gang Green’s alumni.
Former players have been at practice before.
But new Jets GM John Idzik, who is attempting to improve relations with the teams’ former players, and embrace the past more, took things to another level today.
Idzik spent a lot of time with the alumni during practice, and brought Rex Ryan over at one point to join him.
Idzik also invited the former players to go on the field and watch drills by guys at their former positions.
He also had the former players join the huddle at the end of practice, and the current players gave them an ovation.
Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.comThis was a pretty cool gesture by Idzik. He comes from a football family and one of his best qualities is his willingness to acknowledge and learn from his roots which was evident when he arrived in New York as he drew from his experiences in Seattle, Tampa and Arizona and from his days as an assistant coach. Some of those roots are even steeped in the current parking lot of MetLife Stadium; he was a ball-boy when his father served as offensive coordinator under Walt Michaels.
The Jets have had some frosty relationships with former players in the past but, have been doing more in recent years to rectify that which has included creating the Ring of Honor. While there are parts of history I’m certain we’d all like to overlook, it’s still nice to see Idzik embracing the past and a bevy of players, coaches and staff who helped mold the organization into what it is today.