Opinion: An open letter to John Idzik

Corey Griffin, TheJetsBlog.com

Dear Mr. Idzik,

Consider this an open letter from a concerned fan. Not because I lack confidence in your decision-making skills or your leadership – you’ve proven yourself quite adept in the past 13 months – but because I’m fearful of history repeating itself.

For the past five years, we Jets fans have sat idly by – Do fans sit any other way during free agency? Pensively, perhaps – as this coaching staff has devalued two of the true impact positions in today’s NFL.

For the past five seasons, we’ve watched pedestrian safety after pedestrian safety walk through Florham Park’s doors, matched in mediocrity only by the wholly-subpar class out of outside linebackers that Rex Ryan has continually insisted fit his scheme better than a high-money free agent could.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for Jim Leonhard’s grit and smarts and I totally understand that Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace have done yeoman’s work setting the edge and allowing Rex’s blitz-happy tendencies to confound signal-callers. But for crying out loud, John (Can I call you John? I feel like we have that sort of relationship.), is it too much to ask for Ed Reed before he’s on his last legs? Do we have to live with Antwan Barnes and Aaron Maybin and just cross our fingers like school children and hope for lightning in a bottle?

I understand there wasn’t necessarily a need for a big-ticket centerfielder when Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were locking down receivers. But last I checked, neither of those guys is around anymore and there’s Jairus Byrd just sitting out there. Do you realize how often guys like Byrd make it to free agency in today’s NFL? It’s really freakin’ rare, John.

Do you remember the story about Mike Tannenbaum and Rex showing up to Bart Scott’s door at midnight in 2009? Well, I took the liberty of looking up flights to Buffalo today and I have great news! There’s three JetBlue flights that get you into Buffalo before 3 p.m. AND, bonus, they’re only $130 each! I know your boss is a little budget-conscious at times.

You, Rex, Terry B, Dennis Thurman – OK, leave Dennis home – can just hop on a flight from JFK and head on up north and be standing on Jairus’ door at 4:01 p.m. ET and come back with a god-honest safety who can chew gum and cover tight ends at the same time!

I realize I’m using a lot of exclamation points and I’m probably coming on a little strong, but you have to understand what it’s like to watch a defense be unable to stop ANY pass-catching tight end from making big play after big play for half a decade. It can drive a man insane.

The only thing more maddening has been the Jets’ inability to consistently generate a pass-rush from Week 1 to Week 17. Sure, this defensive line is awesome (Great call on Sheldon Richardson, by the way), but don’t you think it would be even better if offensive lines had to worry just the slightest bit about someone coming off the edge? Quinton Coples is cool and all, but the NFL today is about matchup problems and as great a schemer as Rex is, the more pieces you have, the more problems you can create.

I’m not asking for you to try and steal Brian Orakpo from the Redskins. Giving up two first-round picks in addition to an above-market deal just isn’t smart business for a team with as many holes as the Jets. But that doesn’t mean you can’t chase a guy like LaMarr Woodley or, if he’s cut, DeMarcus Ware. Sure, you may have to pay a little more than they’re worth at this point in their careers, but you and I both know Rex can probably energize each of them into double-digit sack territory again. Look what he did with Barnes in a limited stretch last year! Imagine what he could do with a player as talented as Woodley or Ware.

I don’t think I’m asking for a lot, just for you to finally address two positions that have been “of need” for way too long. I know it’s not all your fault. Rex had way too much say when his buddy Mike was in charge. But YOU can fix this. You can stop our pain. No more Eric Smiths and Garrett McIntyres. You can save Rex from himself (and maybe remind him of those defenses he had in Baltimore with Ed Reed, Rod Woodson, Peter Boulware and Terrell Suggs.)

Look, just throw me a freakin’ bone here, OK?

Thanks man and can’t wait to see you up in Cortland. Fish fry on me this year!

Your buddy,

Corey


Corey works for NBCSports.com as an editor and can be reached at @cgriffin415 on Twitter or by email at thejetsblogpodcast@gmail.com.




153 comments
lagoo
lagoo

Oh man looks like ware is going to be a fa. Get it done.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

W.....a.......y.....too long winded and cutesy-poo, Corey. Make believe this is your version of twitter and get to your point in say,  1,000 words. We don't want Idzik to think all Jets fans are blowhards and if he's doing his job there's no way he'd have the time to read this mush.

gbrownn
gbrownn

Trying to spread the word and  get some people in a "Chatzy" chat room with free agency coming up and livefyre just sucking. Pw is ticktock. Same room as Friday!! All you really need is chatzy.com/tjb and the password ticktock. Bents keeping it open all day!

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

Corey, stop the belly-aching and bitching. Your screed is a colossal bore ['May I call you John?' Give me a break.] As blasphemous as this may sound to you, John Idzik probably is more knowledgeable about the NFL than you are, and appears to have a firm grasp of what he's going to do in 2014. You sound like every other knee-jerk fan, who lashes out emotionally and idiotically, without a shred of evidence you know really what you're talking about. Any idiot could have written your letter. I learned nothing from it.


Jim Israel

mrblint
mrblint

The Jets will do the right thing and address their most glaring needs with Free agents...get a good corner and decent wide receiver. If they follow the Seattle model - they won't make the big splash signing early in the process but will lay low and pick up bargains later - this is where alot will depend upon luck (as in picking players that can contribute and stay healthy). They will also probably get a guard. Then they will fill in the holes with lesser FAs. Finally they will draft the best talent out there even if it means more depth at already strong positions. Depth is the absolute winning hand in this league. If you doubt that - look a the teams that consistently win and they all seem to thrive even when their best players go down (Pats, Steelers, Ravens) I think Idzik is focused on buildng depth, and I think Rex is right with him.If they can do all that, all that remains is finally getting good (not necessarily great) QB play with good depth at the position - something that should not be as hard as it has looked. Hopefully they re-sign howard.

SackDance99
SackDance99

Open Letter to Corey:

Corey, like me, you were in Cortland.  I know you like Byrd, but hey, did you check out that Antonio Allen guy?  Did you see swiveling hips that would make Elvis Presley jealous, closing speed that you usually expect from a 5-10 CB and ball skills like a WR?  All with near LB size?  Then, have you ever seen his 2014 cap number?  $570,000!!!  Byrd would only be, say, $8.5 million more than that...heck, that's what it might cost to sign Eric Decker!


Cro just called Antonio a freak and possibly the new Ed Reed.  So, how about taking the bird in the hand and not the $9 million one in the bush?


Your buddy,


SackDance99

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Just heard the deal fell through with the Captain. What doomed the deal was the Jets said they have no Captains anymore due to the Holmes fiasco and Munnerlyn would have to change to Lieutenant, but Munnerlyn did not want the demotion in rank.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Jets are said to have an agreement in place with a defensive player. No word on who yet.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Albert very close to signing with the phins. The phins with 35m in cap, can be a real threat if they address their oline, run game.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Chris Clemons talking with 3 teams. #Lions and #Jets are believed to be 2 of them

Brendan
Brendan

So Roberts, Asamoah and McCluster look like they're gone. 

williamg1
williamg1

@jake100  So Vontae Davis is a better scheme fit than Verner? I assume because he plays more press? 

williamg1
williamg1

@Brendan  Manish just scooped that Roberts, Asamoah and McCluster are no longer on the Jets list of persons of interest. 

levi
levi

@Brendan  Look on the bright side, somewhere someone is saying "Damn it looks like Verner is gone to the Jets."

Richard Troy jr
Richard Troy jr

The defense played in Indy is the same the jets play do I guess the thinking is that Davis played it there well then he can play it in ny

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 Most likely. Verner only pressed 30% of the time last year, Davis has long arms and has a more physical nature on the field. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

Lol I must have missed something, just catching up on most news now. did we agree to something with Munnerlyn?

bklyndude
bklyndude

@williamg1 @Brendan    They are now on his "Jets Persons USED TO BE of Interest"  list.

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I'm not lamenting any of those, tbh. I liked the idea of Asamoah, but wasn't tied to it. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

Ha maybe, that could be it.

williamg1
williamg1

@gbrownn  Isn't he from DC? They have an accent that I have a hard time understanding. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

Have you guys ever heard Vontae Davis talk? It's pretty funny stuff. He doesn't seem too bright.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 He was traded from Miami, so the question was more whether he was sent packing for specific reasons, or just not a fit with the team? 

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent 25, a world of talent, and onto his 3rd team. Bad sign? Irrelevant? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @williamg1  I can't believe Davis is only 25.  Seems like he's been in the league for years.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @williamg1  Also, I'm pretty sure that 30% refers to how often he lined up opposite the receiver, so would include instances of playing press-bail.  They don't track whether or not the CB jams at the line to my knowledge, this is just an indication of where he lined up.

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Bent @levi @jake100 @Kyle Ely  


Don't know anything about Verner.  Based on what I do know about Captain, there's virtually no chance they have a deal already agreed with him.

levi
levi

@Bent You say you dont know but how could you know it wasnt Captain then? Oh you know. Thats ok though I like the anticipation.

Brendan
Brendan

@williamg1 I think he's sick of Revis' agents. Revis is good for business on every level, but his agents are scum. 

levi
levi

@harold  I assume it would depend on cost. If he has lowered his ridiculous price then I could see it happening. But from what we know of Revis he wants to get paid big.

Brendan
Brendan

@harold  I think Idzik would shut him down, honestly. Rex respects Idzik's football acumen, I think, so if he says it's better business to pay Verner $10  million less over 5 years I think Rex trusts that. 

harold
harold

So if Rex wants him back do you think that would be a factor that could make it possible, truly possible?

harold
harold

@Bent

Do you think Rex and Idzik would want to bring Revis?

Bent
Bent moderator

@bklyndude  Sources are telling me Idzik left home this morning with the wrong list.  Expect big money deals with "Carton of eggs" "Six pack of diet Dr. Pepper" and "Sack of potatoes" within the next few hours.