Rex and Idzik

Idzik preaches patience, Ryan praises secondary

John Idzik said that the Jets are being “judicious and selective” in free agency and that they “recognize we still have some things to do.”

Idzik gave an opening statement about the team so far in free agency and took questions from the media on the draft, Mark Sanchez, Antonio Cromartie and more.

“We feel like we’ve been productive,” Idzik said. “There are opportunities that await,” pointing to waiver claims, trades and the draft.

Idzik punted on discussing what the team is going to do on Sanchez, saying that the team has been in contact with him and his people.

“We will take advantage of time when we have it,” he said. “In the end, when we do make a decision, it’s well informed and we believe it’s the right decision.

Cromartie, who signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals moments before the call on Thursday afternoon, was something Idzik had to address as well.

“What we made clear to him was that we weren’t closing the door on anything,” Idzik said. “When it reaches that stage where the player is free, both sides have to feel like it’s a fit, given the circumstances … You want to make sure the player, the person and the deal fits. That enables both the club and player to live that deal out.”

Rex Ryan, who was also on the call, praised the team’s current secondary and dismissed talk about Darrelle Revis. Ryan said that Revis is a Patriot now and “it is what it is.”

“I feel really good about our corners,” Ryan said. “I’m really happy with the guys we have.”

Ryan also discussed working with Idzik, the plan they have and how they’re working side-by-side together.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about this football team,” Ryan said. “We’re in great hands with John Idzik as our general manager.”




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Kevin Joseph Patrick
Kevin Joseph Patrick

I completely understand his position & how he wants to conduct business with the Jets. It's a similar model to the one operated by the Giants, Steelers, Patriots, and other teams that are successful. The only problem is that the Jets aren't in the position as these other teams are when it comes to success. Frankly, the Jets just aren't an attractive destination for big ticket free agents. The approach that Idzig is using is one where the front office puts a strict salary number on a player. They formulate this number by taking into account the player's performance, his age, his ability to play in the system, his intangibles, and the team's need at that respective position. If the player comes in & demands more money than the Jets feel he is worth, Idzig let's him walk & try to find a better deal somewhere else. It's a good strategy to prevent teams from being hamstrung by large cap numbers from underperforming players, and gives the team roster & financial flexibility beyond the current season. This works for some teams, but the Jets aren't one of them. In order for this to work, you need something other than money to offer the players. You need success, stability, a good reputation as an organization, and a roster that promises to bring success. The Jets have none of that. The Jets have 2 division titles since 1970; they have a head coach on the hot seat, fighting for his job; they have been one of the most embarrassing organizations in football for a few years now; and they have a very weak roster, devoid of the franchise QB needed to win a championship. Before Idzig can adopt this approach, he needs to put some success together & the only way he can do that is bringing in top free agents to improve the team. The only way that a top FA will pick the Jets is if they pay more than other teams. Unfortunately, the Jets are in a position where they MUST overpay guys to come here. Take DR-C for example. The money was very close between the Jets & Giants, and some have reported the Jets made a last ditch effort with a little bit more money than the Giants offered. DR-C still picked the Giants because they are a more attractive team & a better organization top to bottom. Yes, Eric Decker came here, but he was overpayed with #1 WR money when he is a #2 WR at best. That is what the Jets need to do until they add players & put together some good, competing seasons. Once they do that then they can use the approach Idzig is preaching. For now, the Jets need to talk with their pocket books.

blackwood1
blackwood1

Another morning another panic filled thread, get this over 30 guy get that over 30 guy over pay for this guy or that guy because we can....Its short sighted foolishness. This draft is loaded with talent including CB's. We are not 1 or 2 vets away from a chip guys, we are a yr or 2 away (if done right) we still are not even sure about our strength at QB & folks crying over old CB's?

eric88
eric88

Trade for Jackson, no excuse, do not lose this one. Your pick in each round is higher than the other teams involved.

will898
will898

Sign Vick and trade for DJax and the priorities in the draft become CB and TE.

bob
bob

Hey guys the 2014 at corner back mirrors the talent at wide receiver. I think the Jets should draft a corner back who loves to play press coverage as well as man to man coverage could be had in the 2nd round. There are 11 pretty good prospects at wide receiver position this year and 8 good prospects at corner back position.  



Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

Last year the press projected us as one of the worst teams with no chance for more than 3-4 wins. This time we have a ton of cap space and everyone is kvetching over missed FA guys. It is easy to listen to the press wonks, but I am going to trust that Idzik has a plan and wait to see it unfold.

Let's Go Jets!!!

xplr
xplr

We are clearly in deep trouble on defense. Teams will probably pass 60-65% of the time against us, as our secondary is right now the worst in the NFL. I can't see any way these needs get addressed in the draft.

Josh Buonocore
Josh Buonocore

"It is what it is." That says it all right there.

Y is Rex afraid tosay the truth this g.m. Sucks this owner sucks this team is going to suck.i miss Rex Ryan not this fake

bob
bob

Wait doh minute,, dats right ....I Like dat one..... Wait doh minute

eric88
eric88

Rex praises secondary.!! What secondary??

Joseph Covington
Joseph Covington

Johnny Boy is behaving like he's still in the North west. He is the equivalent of an Assistant manager with a seaky persona

Ed D
Ed D

here is the problem with that line of thinking... If Idzij is going to operate that waY he should have fired Rex at season's end... Now if we are not good this year And rex get fired we waste the year in which we could have had a new coachwith a year to implement his new sScheme...he has to be committed to Rex long term if he is going to operate this way and quite frankly we don't know if that's the case which is a reasonable cause for some angst amongst jet fans

bob
bob

@will898


No to.... DJax but I give him a little puppy.

No to......Vick and no little puppy.

kniff
kniff

@bob  Yes Bob, sadly the Revis and Cro era is definitely gone now, we owe it to ourselves to get a new CB early in the draft...


I'm thinking Ebron first, best CB available second... (a TALL CB please sir.)

kniff
kniff

@jake100  I never wanted Vick either Joey, but interestingly enough, Rex is very interested in him...


again, I just want Sanchez outta here!!

kniff
kniff

@jake100  I am praying we release Sanchez, I'm totally done with him... I would have rather (or maybe there is still time) used that money to go toward an upgrade at Gaurd like Schwartz! The Giants found a way to make it happen....

I'm still ok at rolling with Geno, Simms, and a 3rd round QB pick....

xplr
xplr

@Jerry Colfer  What plan? There is no one available. It's OK not to overspend, but we could have had Revis AND Cro on one year deals. If you think you can address the secondary holes through the draft, I have a bridge to sell you. This is especially true when we still have real needs on offense. We are screwed.

Pat d
Pat d

Joesph Covington = @ss

bonozoffa
bonozoffa

Because it's Mehta's job to tell the Jets at any point ever what thier "mission" is. The man has no clue and should never be given any sort of credit for anything other than turning oxygen into carbon dioxide.

bob
bob

@eric88


Maybe he's looking at the Patriot team.

bob
bob

@kniff


Ebron would be a really good pic if he's there.

bob
bob

@kniff @bob


Not to worry kniff there are some really good corner backs in this draft almost as there are receivers good receivers which is really good for us.


1st and 2nd round we should score good at wide receiver and corner back.

Bytor
Bytor

@kniff @jake100  I'm 100% with you on this comment. The only minor adjustment would be drafting a QB around the 5th round. I like a guy like a guy like Aaron Murray. He's kinda pro-ready but flawed (short). 

James
James

@ifti99 @Jerry Colfer  and how does that help us as a team in the future. those two are an expensive stop gap and a guy who was not that good last year.

bob
bob

@kniff @bob I like that also those are excellent players I would be happy with anyone of those guys.


2nd round if they did go guard I really like david Yankee out of Stanford he's from what I understand is super smart like a Richard Sherman Seattle's  cornerback.

kniff
kniff

@bob @kniff  Watkins and Evans would be cause for celebration if one of THEM is there...(highly unlikely however) and unfortunately I'm spooked by Lee's injury....


Ebron, Beckham, Cooks or Amaro.....and we gotta beef up at Guard come June.

bob
bob

@kniff @bob

I hoping that it will be offense however heres how I think how it may go down there are 3 really good receivers and two really good cornerbacks.


A) Watkins              cornerbacks

      Evans              B)Dannard.

      Lee                         Gilbert

Jerry Colfer
Jerry Colfer

I know he is exploring trades (Joseph from Houston..i forget the other one he is exploring) and I am guessing that would use a draft choice or two. He needs some of the cap money to lock up some current guys (e.g. Wilkerson , Kerley, etc.) revis is great, but he is pricey and only good for a year and Cromartie was not good last season and he is a year older. Do I think the secondary is good? No. I just don't think signing Revis and his ego and Cromartie is the right move

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples Hank, this post is insane and most zero sense. "4 and 12" is referring to the team's record this coming season. Not four impact players in 12 picks. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples  The only thing delusional is thinking I said something about four impact players in a draft, Hank. Stop throwing other people's sht at me, thanks. 

joblowme99
joblowme99

Estero is Dunk City, not Naples, sorry Hank