Since January 18th there have been concerns over whether or not Rex Ryan and John Idzik could coexist with one another in what was manufactured as a forced marriage. Several months later the jury is still out on whether or not this team will be able to make it past four wins this year however, Kristian Dyer of Metro New York writes that the “odd couple” seems to be working well so far.
A source within the organization tells Metro, “Rex has bought into Idzik. Whatever direction John came in with, Rex was more than eager to complement.”
The all-in approach from Ryan might be as much about job security as it is about a change of direction. The Jets underwhelmed the past two seasons with aging stars. But Idzik has come in and sliced his way through the roster, adding a mix of underappreciated talent and proven veterans to the locker room.
Ryan remains one of the biggest selling points on this team and Idzik likely knows it. With a reputation as a player’s coach, free agents have traditionally flocked to Florham Park, N.J. to play for the affable head coach.
“I was the one who told [LaRon] about Rex when he was thinking about coming here. He just makes it fun and he’s a great coach,” Dawan Landry said. “But he also knows his defense and he knows how to play the game of football. So when you have a coach like that, who can really coach but does it a way that you want to play for him, it was a no-brainer for me to come here.”
The NFL makes strange bedfellows and the Idzik-Ryan combo certainly qualifies.
Idzik is pragmatic and thorough, providing a counterweight to his emotional head coach. Idzik’s fresh approach is working with free agents. Among those convinced was Willie Colon, a Bronx native who signed with the Jets this offseason.
“This team has always had a reputation of kind of being a circus. I didn’t buy into that,” Colon told Metro. “You can always change your stars, I believe that. I felt that if I came here, I could help with that.”
Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.comThere’s still a long ways to go but I can appreciate the developing chemistry between Rex and Idzik even if their personalities are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Mike Tannenbaum was usually, more often than not, willing to go with the flow and subsequently the tactic bought the Jets nothing but trouble. Idzik is seemingly the perfect “counterweight” to Rex, as Dyer writes, because not only do you have business and personnel sense in the front office but you also have someone who can attract talent and coach up a team (of course that’s not without its hiccups). It’s sure to have its ups and downs but hopefully this pairing will ultimately prove to be one of Woody Johnson’s better decisions.