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 NFL.com 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.