New York Jets Hire John Idzik To Be Next General Manager

The New York Jets have hired John Idzik to be their next General Manager


After a long, meandering process the New York Jets have hired former Seattle Seahawks VP of Football Administration John Idzik to be their next General Manager. Here is Idzik’s full biography and in an article written on future GM candidates back in December, Albert Breer of had this to say about him –

“Idzik is a sleeper to keep his eye on, because of his versatility. He’s a business side guy who runs the team’s cap but he also does some college scouting for Schneider (Seattle’s GM) and has a wealth of experience with franchise rebuilds, going back to Dungy’s Bucs.”

To summarize his current job – He runs Seattle’s salary cap while remaining active in personnel evaluations. He has been with them since 2007. Prior to coming there, he was the Senior Director of Football Operations for the Arizona Cardinals for three years and was a big part of building a roster that reached the Super Bowl. Before that he was with Tampa Bay for 11 years moving from Pro Personnel Assistant, Director of Football Administration, and finally to Assistant General Manager in 2001.

Idzik was also a graduate assistant coach at Duke University and played football collegiately at Dartmouth. His father was an assistant coach in the NFL for numerous teams including the Jets.

Is Idzik’s background primarily on the salary cap side of things? Yes. However, he comes from a football heavy background and has experience with scouting and personnel evaluations, much more so than Mike Tannenbaum did. Look for Idzik to remake the team’s scouting department and hopefully bring in a few strong-minded individuals on the personnel side of things.

No GM hiring is a slam dunk but Idzik has an impressive background and the Jets certainly did their due diligence on this search. It will be interesting to see if Idzik quickly parts ways with front office holdovers from the former regime like Terry Bradway and Scott Cohen. The team also still needs to locate an offensive coordinator, with Pep Hamilton, Hue Jackson and Marty Mornhigweg all remaining candidates.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Marc L

    Alright! Way to go!

  • simplysimon2

    You are the 1st to call the new GM. What do you know the rest of the media including TJB don’t? Hope it’s true. For good or ill, let’s move on with 2013 and a new OC!

  • Marc L

    Is he better than SF’s Gamble? Did gamble not come here because he had to keep Ryan?

  • funkymonk

    Marc: Supposedly Gamble did not interview well, whatever that means.

    Regarding the OC search, don’t forget Joe Lombardi, whom they interviewed today. He’s been Brees’ QB coach for 6 years, and knows a thing or two about a big-play “attacking” offense.

  • JetOrange

    Idzy is a bright guy…Look for value free agents, trades, and good drafting, dumping high salaries…Both Bradway and Rex need to fear this guy..

  • Anthony

    The Rumor seems to be its Mornhinweg, who I think is a super solid choice. He’s been successful in the NFL going back to the Bill Walsh line, through the packers, to the lions (his lone black spot) and onto the Eagles, who have been pretty good at scoring points.

    I’ll take that dude 10 times out of 10 over the “guy behind the guy” type like lombardi. Whats a QB coach got to do with Drew Breese anyway. That did was a pro bowler going back to San Diego. He was the best QB coming out of college and only slipped because people thought he was short and his arm strength.