New York Jets: The Geno Smith Question

What did we learn from Geno Smith’s rookie season with the New York Jets?

Similar to the 2013 New York Jets, rookie quarterback Geno Smith had a roller coaster season. Rock bottom was hit when a horrid three game mid-season stretch was capped off with a halftime benching for Matt Simms. At the time, this appeared to be a death blow to a rookie campaign that had a good share of encouraging moments in the early portions of the season. However, Smith turned things around over the final four weeks and ended on a high note, making it more than likely he will be under center for the team in week one of the 2014 season.

We will dig deeper into Geno’s tape throughout the off-season and I encourage everybody to browse through some of the earlier work we did on him in the film room, however let’s take a broader look at his season and what to expect next year.

The positives: Smith has a cannon for an arm and is capable of making all the necessary throws in a NFL playbook. He is a big, athletic quarterback who is just learning how to utilize his legs properly as a scrambler. After his benching, Smith (who is a natural pocket passer and rarely ran with the football at West Virginia University) embraced his running skills more frequently and averaged 45 yards rushing per game with 3 touchdowns over the final four weeks of the season. Smith took a beating behind an inconsistent Jets offensive line but didn’t miss any time due to injury and frequently stayed in the pocket and delivered the football down the field with a defender either hitting him or directly in his face. Smith is not phased by the pass rush and doesn’t see “ghosts” in the pocket. He rarely bails on a play too early because of the pass rush. He also has a natural feel for the timing of the screen game. Smith has a calm on and off the field demeanor and seems to maintain a short memory. He didn’t hesitate to embrace a leadership role in his rookie season and was appropriately diligent with his work ethic off the field. As a rookie, he did an excellent job handling the media. Smith played very well in the two minute drill and engineered four game winning drives as a rookie.

The negatives: Smith came out of a simplified, one-read offense at West Virginia and it showed in his rookie season. He consistently struggled to read NFL defenses, which often led to turnovers or general poor decision making. This improved in the final quarter of the season but he still has a long way to go in this area. Smith showed a bad tendency to not protect the football in the pocket. He doesn’t have a great feel for the pass rush coming towards him or have his timing down yet on when to tuck it away and take a sack. Far too frequently, Smith would lock on to one receiver, instead of reading the defense which led to many of his interceptions. Despite having a strong arm, he is inconsistent with his accuracy at the NFL level and recognizing the difference between a receiver being “open” in college and the pros. Smith shows a hesitance to target a receiver after he fails to make a few plays (see Hill, Stephen) and can play “favorites” based on targets he has chemistry with, which can be a good thing at times but also leads to unnecessary forced passes. He needs to be smarter when taking off as a runner both in terms of protecting himself and the football. Overall, his primary need for improvement in his sophomore year must be cutting back on turnovers substantially.

Perspective: Smith was a flawed prospect coming out of college. There were good reasons he was a second round pick and the 39th overall player selected. It wasn’t going to be an easy transition for him into the NFL considering the type of offense he played in at WVU and the Jets didn’t simplify that transition by supporting him with mediocre talent, particularly at tight end and wide receiver. Smith had his top tight end rotate from Kellen Winslow Jr to Jeff Cumberland to Zach Sudfeld back to Cumberland and then eventually back to Winslow Jr. At wide receiver, he barely got half a season from his top target, Jeremy Kerley, and had Santonio Holmes miss most of the season and be at far less than 100% in many of the games he played in. Sophomore receiver Stephen Hill flopped, failing to provide the team with a legitimate deep threat. Ironically, it was mid-season acquisition David Nelson who became the team’s most consistent receiver throughout the year and de facto big play receiver by season’s end. While the Jets got strong seasons out of both Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell, they still lacked a true speed-back who could consistently punish teams in the screen game. The offensive line was average at best and Smith frequently dealt with inconsistent pass protection. During a middle stretch of the season, the playcalling got excessively conservative and rudimentary.

Let’s Not Get Too Excuse Heavy: Smith still had some bad stretches of football that were at a level which is unjustifiable regardless of who was playing around him. Improved weapons aren’t going to improve his field awareness in terms of protecting the football and ability to read a defense, both of which need to make major strides.

Season Overview: After a roller coaster eight game stretch to start the season, which included some terrific performances for a second round rookie (Atlanta, New England at home, Buffalo at home) and some nightmarish games (Tennessee, Cincinnati, New England on the road), Smith had a truly awful four week stretch of football. However, what is encouraging is that he bounced back to play a quality four game stretch games to end the season and three of those games were against top ten defenses.

2014 Outlook: Smith is the heavy favorite to start in week 1 of the 2014 season. The Jets are going to improve their talent offensively, both through the NFL Draft and free agency. This infusion of talent combined with Smith spending a full off-season with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterback coach David Lee should naturally lead to improvement. Smith is likely to embrace his scrambling ability for an entire season the way he did in the final four games of 2013, which could very well lead to 500-600 total rushing yards on the season and 7-9 rushing touchdowns. As a passer, Smith should take strides with his ability to read a defense and should be substantially more comfortable in the Jets offense. It is not crazy to expect his completion percentage to climb a couple of points and for his turnovers to drop, while his passing touchdowns increase. Smith isn’t going to be a Pro-Bowl quarterback in 2014. However, he should be capable of leading a team to more than 8 victories and putting up a solidly improved and overall competent stat line.

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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

  • Nick Evans

    The key to genos success will be his ability to use his legs effectively and efficiently. If he can extend the pocket (a la Russell Wilson) and find the holes in the derfense with his legs it will add another dimension to this offense. Once the offense is awarded more weapons genos ability to extend the pocket will lead to our new playmakers to get behind defenses for big plays.I fully expect geno to be a less turnover prone QB next season as you could truly see the light turned on for him over the last month of the season. well written article as usual. Very enjoyable.

  • Nikolas

    Good post; accurate and objective observations.

  • John X

    Good job, Joe. This is exactly what happened. A fair and honest article of what transpired and what to look forward to in realistic terms. He showed enough promise and potential to have the Jets commit to him for the near-term at least. This is why I have been adamantly for the notion that he be given 100% attention without undue distraction thru drafting another QB or a FA with eyes toward starting.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    Did Geno’s ability to read defenses really improve or did MM simplify the reads Geno was required to make?

  • Joe Caporoso

    Hey Jeremiah – I believe they really did improve down the stretch. Actually, the Jets ran a more complex offense in weeks 14-17 than they did in weeks 10-13, when they got far too conservative and simplistic

  • Lidman

    Joe..think it’s interesting you see Denver winning with Manning only throwing 1 TD, v Wilson throwing 2. Denver did beat KC, with Peyton only throwing 1 TD, but I would be surprised if Denver wins in your scenario.

  • Josh

    Nice piece Joe, I think it’s important to note Geno played horrific football when Kerley was NOT in the lineup. When Kerley was in, Geno looked much more comfortable. I can’t remember the stats with and without Kerley but I do remember it was a huge difference. I like Geno going forward especially since there seems to be urgency improving on guys that can hep Geno be more comfortable rather than Geno’s favorite target during some games be some guy we signed half way through the season.

  • Steve

    I’m old school…. Or just old.

    I’m still used to QB’s taking years to develop – top rated QB’s from Pro-style systems!! Give me a “Project” from an offense like WVU and an early schedule like the Jets and this guy should 100% be on the sidelines..

    Force him to play from go – with those weapons and I really can’t analyze him at all… I can’t tell you he’s innacurate or misreading defenses when these WR’s off the street dont’ even know the offense and the decent wr’s he has aren’t even healthy enough to get on the same page…

    I’m not even reading Geno articles this offseason but, I read this one since you begged twitter ; )

    Good stuff though – He did take a beating. I think it was the Buff loss where the 1st play he took a helmet to the rib cage – He also didn’t get the calls a Brady gets but, that play changed the game IMO.

    Amazes me how many ppl can be critics and already know “Geno Sucks” given what was on the field – Yet appoint a guy like Mcklown as good after 1 week throwing balls up to WR”s doing magic tricks… Asked 1 guy in a bar after hearing “Geno Sucks” and he couldn’t even name the Jet wrs on the field that week….ok

    Looking foward to seeing what this offense will look like and what this QB can do with even a modestly decent group of targets out there.

  • Worldboy90

    Curious what you all at TOJ think… I’ve come to terms we have to let Sanchez go, even so I think he’s better than Geno, and I hope him the best of luck with a new team.. (Vikings possibly 🙂 ). None of the free agent Qb’s seem all that interesting to me, except Shaun Hill and Matt Moore. I remember in the 2012 Season some were saying Shaun hill runs the offense better than stafford gets hurt, and I kind of see him as a poor man’s Pennington. Experienced, not a lot of tread on the tire, and could be just the the veteran this team needs.

    I truly believe that this team will have an elite defense if they add an OLB and CB in FA, possibly a safety in first three rounds in draft. Our front seven would be top five in the league, and our back end should be average at worst. Something like milliner, the titans CB, AA, and say a true safety from like stanford or K-state and we got ourselves the best D in AFC.

    On offense hopefully the mix of Winters, Colon (another cheap 1 year deal?) and a mid level FA should solidify the line enough to be average to above average. Brick, Mangold, and Howard are all above average at their position, and even with below average counterparts at the guard positions should be fine. RB will survive on Ivory, Powell, Goodson, and maybe a late round speedster (kid from Oregon?).

    We have a WR 2/3 in Kerley, a solid 4 in Nelson, and the combination of a FA, Early round draft pick, and maybe the light turning on for SH, we should be leaps and bounds better, enough to field an average, if not above average offense. As for the TE, I say pick up tamme or Dressen from Denver, both average good stop gaps, and again have Sudfeld and A draft pick learn behind them.

    This should field a Great D, and an average O, and with a Shaun hill running the show could open up a title window for 2-3 years, or at least let the team Gel, let Geno learn, and maybe he’ll end up being our KAP. As for Matt Moore, I just always thought the guy could ball, he technically beat out Tannehill in the first training camp, still relatively young at 29, and we’re just as likely to get 5 good years out of him as from Geno, with Moore being far more experienced.

    I just think this team is a lot closer to contending, and our window might be open next 3-4 years, but could slam shut when Brick and Mangold fall off, and we’d have to scrape together a brand new line, along with Ivory, Powell, and Goodson will all have worn out their tires by then.

    What are your thoughts?

  • Lidman

    I think NYJ fans should be excited about Geno’s progress. Over the last 4 games, his total QBR averaged 73.9, and that includes the 34.6 he posted, in week 15, v Carolina. For reference, 73.9 would have placed him 3rd, behind J McCown (85.1) and P Manning (82.9) in the NFL. For the season his QBR was 35.9, which placed 34/39 QBs that qualified.

    Many reference the ‘talent around him’ argument for expecting him to improve. I don’t disagree. However, the team did win 8 games, with that same ‘talent around him’. When Geno valued the football, the NYJ won. When he didn’t, they lost. Sure, some of the turnovers were results of protection break downs, but the majority of them were either his poor judgment or carelessness, with the football.

    IMO, the last 4 weeks were very encouraging (how can anyone consider anything otherwise?). I think they illustrated his ability to recognize his mistakes and then make the necessary adjustments to correct them. Based on that, I fully expect him to build on that stretch, and improve even further.

  • KAsh

    Everything will depend on Geno’s accuracy and decision-making next year. If they improve, Geno improves. If he is still throwing the ball inaccurately or to a guy that is blanketed, then it will not matter who his receivers are.

    If you ask me, Geno is right about prefering to be a pocket passer. By all means, run if you must or if you can, but he should not focus on developing that and try to improve his passing skills. More time with the playbook will also benefit him.


    Mangold and Ferguson are already on the decline and are no longer really instrumental to the team. Backups are already prepared and might be ready even for next year. Aboushi and Ijalana will compete for the backup tackle spot and Freeman and Schlauderaff for the backup center spot. The window – and I do not think it exists, yet – will be open as long as this front seven continues to improve, stay healthy, and play together.

    Meanwhile, neither Hill nor Moore are better than Geno and they may not even push him to improve. From going back to Miami last year, it seems clear that Moore does not want a starting job. Hill is worth looking into, but he has played too little for the last three years.

  • Mark Phelan

    Was ‘Play/Action’ part of the Jet’s arsenal?

  • Joe Caporoso

    Hey Mark,

    The Jets hhad some success in the boot game off of play action. Geno did well on the move and a boot splits the field in half for his reads, so I would expect to see more of it in 2014.


    “Mangold and Ferguson are already on the decline and are no longer really instrumental to the team” – While neither players are near their All-Pro levels from 2009 and 2010, both remain above average starters (particularly Mangold). Left tackles and centers don’t grow on trees and it is a safe bet that both will be starters for the Jets for the next two seasons, which makes them instrumental to the team.

  • Lidman


    Do you think there is a chance either Mangold or Ferguson doesn’t start this season? I think there is no doubt they will be he starters. I don’t know how 2/5 of your starting OLine can not be considered instrumental. In fact, as Joe says, both are likely here for 2 yrs. They can’t cut Ferguson until 2016, just go look at his contract.

  • KAsh

    They will both be starters at the beginning of this season. That is without question. They may not end the season as starters.

    I remember looking at the numbers, but I do not have them in front of me. On their current contracts, Mangold is set up to be a cap casualty next year, while I believe cutting Ferguson would bring minimal pain (~1-2 million?). By the old regime, both were set up to have their contracts renegoatiated at that time. Idzik has no ties to them and can cut them or restructure them.

    I believe no one here is against their restructure or thinks they are worth their current contracts. Simply put, we would be discussing how much to lower their salaries if not for the lack of leverage the team has because of the dead money owed Brick and Mangold. A useful question is: how much should they be getting paid? That number is a sign of their true worth, which is declining and no longer elite. (We say the same thing about Wilkerson when discussing what he should be making.) We need a starting center and a left tackle; they no longer must be Mangold and Ferguson.

  • Lidman

    They both just turned 30. Neither of them has had any major injuries. Both HAVE leverage over the team this year and Brick has that next year. I believe the lack of consistency, at LG, played a factor in their performance. These are not 2 positions you should be worried about.
    Take a look at the 2 teams playing tomorrow, neither has an ‘elite’ player at either of those positions. Joe Thomas and Alex Mack are considered elite, how’s Cleveland doing?

  • Dan in RI

    Good analysis. Very fair. It is interesting that the Jets management won’t commit to Geno–as Rex says “Let’s see who’s on our roster.” Although I think Smith has earned the right to come into camp as the presumed starter, I can imagine a couple of scenarios which could derail him. First, if Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel fell as far as #18 (unlikely, but not impossible), the Jets might decide to pull the trigger. Second, if a bona fide stud QB gets cut or is available for the right trade-price, the Jets might go for it. Otherwise, expect them to pick up a free agent like Josh McCown or Matt Schaub, and for the “competition” mantra to be repeated during training camp, with the full expectation that Geno will win the competition.

  • Worldboy90


    Well Actually Broncos have a top five o-line in the nfl, and the Seahawks center is an all pro I believe, and their LT is top ten? Browns are the Browns, they’re just a mickey mouse organization, it;s a bad comparison.

    And as for Kash, what in the world makes you think any of our back up line man could be passable? Aboushi was getting abused by third stringers in the preseason, Ijiuana couldn’t stick around on a roster with the Colts which had a bottom five O-line last year, Schlauderuff is a journeyman back-up at best, and don’t get me started on the wasted roster spot of William Campbell. Building an O-line is not easy. Just look at the Steelers, Chicago and Chargers; they’ve been trying to fix theirs for the last 3-4 years, and have yet to find a respectable answer despite spending numerous 1st round picks and pursuing free agents.

    And as for your argument that Geno is better than Matt Moore and Shaun Hill, under what pretense? Both have better Career stats (With SH’s Passer Rating nearly 20 points higher than Geno’s), are more experienced, and are better suited for Marty’s WCO.

    I still see Geno as a Jimmy Clausen 2.0, and I don’t see why we’re so pot committed to a 2nd round QB who was bottom 3 in the league last year? Majority of our big contracts come off the books this year, and with a couple good FA’s on Defense (Cb, S, or OLB), and focusing on significantly improving the pass catchers and we got ourselves a contender witha pennington-esque QB. For all the Hoopla about a “Franchise QB”, KaP was bottom five in passing this year and Wilson is a super-efficient Game-Manager. I’d say there is no chance Geno Ever reaches Brady, Peyton, Brees, or Rodgers level, so lets go with Plan B playing good D and Ball Control on O. And if Geno is per say Rodgers 2.0, then good, let him learn on the bench for 2-3 years like Rodgers and Breezy and Brady did. He clearly isn’t in the same class of Rookie talent as Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, RG3, or even Sam Bradford, so why is the fanbase all of a sudden so enamored with a QB who could not complete 10 passes in three straight games? It’s not like any of those 4 QB’s had the greatest Pass Catcher’s in those Qb’s rookie year.

    Anyways, sorry for the lengthy text.

  • KAsh


    First, I do not see any window that is opening or closing for the Jets. Where is the unit(s) that are dominant but will soon decline? The d-line needs more development, the front seven is unfinished (and may not be until there is a long-term replacement for Harris in the starting lineup), and the secondary is in pieces. The receiving corps and the tight ends are not on the roster, you still need a speedy, pass-catching running back to round out the stable, and your QBs are either developing or not on the roster. What is Hill going to do on this roster? You will need at least a year for your nucleus to gel and get to know each other. And do you honestly expect 2010 Hill to reappear in 2014? He has barely played the past three years. Why not Vick or Schaub? Compared to Hill, they have better records, are more experienced, and have played extensively in each of the past three years. Again, why try to rush to win it all when the team is clearly not ready?

    As for the o-line, it is a patchwork Frankenstein, with Howard coming on two years ago, two starting guards being replaced last year, and a tough decision at both guard spots this year, while hopefully retaining Howard. Mangold and Ferguson are declining, Colon played well but this was his fourth serious injury in four years, Howard is young, healthy, and coming along, while Winters is developing and has a lot to prove. Five players, four different stages in their careers.

    I am not saying that any of their backups are ready to step in for Ferguson or Mangold. I am pointing out that the very first real decision John Idzik made as a GM was to draft an entire backup o-line. Cutting obvious bloated contracts, using cheap FAs to make the best possible roster for his coach, and going BPA for the first few picks of the draft were fairly straightforward decisions. But Idzik came out of the draft with three o-linemen, added a fourth UDFA, and got a fifth during training camp cuts. The team had almost an entire backup o-line on the 53-man roster for the entire season. That is not a pure coincidence.

    For all the nonsense about “building Seattle East,” Idzik already has taken actions and his first was cobbling together a backup o-line to transition seamlessly to, probably all at the same time. That date is inevitable, Idzik has it circled in his head, and he is ready to insert new starters once Ferguson, Mangold, and Colon are gone. It would not surprise me if Idzik has them all leaving at the same time.

  • Anthony

    Before you get all apocolyptic about the offensive line, remember that kevin Mawae played until he was like 42 and tackles can easily be moved inside when they no longer can function against speed rushers. Long past the point that Mangold is not physically dominant, he will still be the brilliant offensive line general making calls and sight adjustments. He probably has some time left on this team, certainly more than his current contract will dictate.

    We carried a lot of offensive linemen, but if aboushi can become the swing tackle we have been lead to believe, he will eliminate lanjana. Dalton Freeman should make schlauderhoff irrelevant and I believe william campbell is 1 more year from replacing Colon. Ducasse will be gone, and therefore the line should be sorted out soon.

  • Dan in RI

    No doubt about it: the jury is still out on Geno Smith. If the season had ended after the first Miami game, with Geno riding the bench after stinking it up for three straight games, I would expect the Jets would be ready to trade up in the draft for Bridgewater or Manziel. But he showed a lot of growth over the last 4 games, and he had a couple of really fine games against very good competition–wins against New England and New Orleans. Plus, he was a very different QB when he had Jeremy Kerley on the field with him: 8-4. Without Kerley? 0-4.

    So: sign a veteran to compete in training camp (McCown or Schaub are my picks), get a good WR or two, get a good TE and re-sign Cumberland, re-sign Austin Howard and draft some big OL’s for depth and development (and maybe pick up an OL via FA). Give him a little more help on the OL, a lot more help at WR and TE, and get a good back-up QB for competition. Then we’ll see if we have our star QB or just another pretender.

    As for everyone who “knows” that Geno will never be a Brady, Peyton Manning, Brees or Rogers–just consider that Brady did not start a game (and was actually the third-string QB) his first year, Manning threw more INT’s than Geno his first year (although he also threw more TD’s), Brees started only one game for the Chargers his first year and had a 76.9 QBR his second year (about what Geno had during his last 4 games, though better than Geno’s rating for the season), and Rogers played 3 games for the Packers his first year (QBR 39.8) and two games his second year (QBR 48.2). Geno started 16 games for the Jets, and had 4 absolutely awful games, a couple of bad games, and a few very good games. Chalk up the awful games to not having any receivers (Kerley was out for each of them, and Smith hardly knew the other receivers’ first name), and his rookie season doesn’t look all that bad. Remember: he was a ROOKIE. In the old days, that meant sitting on the bench (Brady, Brees, Rogers) and learning from the big boys. Not many rookies will do what RGIII, Andrew Luck, or Russell Wilson did. Heck, they aren’t supposed to–those guys rookie seasons were freakish.

    I’m not saying that Geno is the answer. I’m just saying that it is too early to know whether or not he is the answer. Just like it was too early to know if Brady, Brees, or Rogers was the answer after their first year.

  • Worldboy90


    Again, what? Why would idzik prepare a bunch of late round back-ups to be his O-line?? Especially to replace 2 good 30 year old one year removed pro-bowl o-line man. Eventual pay cut, sure, but Aboushi over Brick and Dalton Freeman over Mangold??? That’s the grand plan to get closer to a championship? Retaining howard, letting BW develops into a less god-awful, LG and getting a mid level decent FA means we have an above average line THIS YEAR.

    As for the units of dominance my whole thesis is that starting this year we’ll have a dominant front seven if we add an OLB (I still believe in DH playing 2-3 more good years off an extension), we have half a decent secondary in Milliner and AA (great run stuffing safety), and with Kerley and D Nelson we have a WR 2/3 and a WR 4. Yes we still need a WR1, WR2/3, and a TE, but right use of free agency (40 mil in cap space) and the draft (12 picks) should cement those holes enough to create a 3 year window.

    Just like Kerry Collins in Tennessee I think SH or Matt Moore can come in and be effective for the team for at least 3 years. As for why not Schaub or Vick, I just think both are seeing demons at this stage of their career, and both too reckless with the football for the team we’re trying to run. Again, i could be completely wrong, but just by watching Schaub’s and Vick play last year they seemed off. Both were once great, top ten QB’s, but they just seem worn out.

  • John X

    I get a kick out of the mis-spelling of Ben Ijalana. I think someone was closer to Iguana – might as well be his nickname.

    I don’t think anyone has a great idea of how ready these backup OLinemen are to performing adequately in a real game since there’s no body of work to compare to. This is a position that will be interesting to watch in the offseason.

    Here’s to continued good health of our OLine.

  • Lidman

    John X..congrats on you getting what you wanted in the Super Bowl. I hope it’s a sign for the NYJ.

  • KAsh


    A unit must have elite production for a year before it can be recognized. The Jets should try to get an OLB across from Coples, but until the new addition has been here and has helped to obliterate o-lines, the front seven cannot be called dominant. Right now, you have a front seven that is the best at stopping the run in a pass-first league and cannot get to the quarterback. No matter how you bend the question, you cannot guarantee that a new OLB will change this right away (because maybe the real problem is with Coples not being a fit at OLB or the d-line not having enough developed pass rush moves) and hence you cannot call this unit “dominant.” And after this next year, we start Harris-watch, as it is only a matter of time after 2014 (or during it) when he starts to decline.

    All the other units you mentioned are even farther away than the front seven. The o-line has no elite players and was only average last year. The receiving corps are unproven at best. Half of the spots in the secondary are up in the air, and the remaining half depend on Allen and Milliner coming into their own as players.

    Next year, you will have another unproven team. The prospects are rosier than last year, but do not expect many to write them into the playoff picture from the very start of the year.

  • KAsh

    Anyway, I think Idzik is taking a much longer view than winning one Super Bowl. If I am right about his intentions behind drafting a backup o-line, Idzik wants to build a perennial contender that is in the running for a Super Bowl every year. More than simply depth, this requires sustainability, so that you are never at a loss when a player leaves or gets injured (you still try to retain your very best players, but trade the players you cannot keep that are right below your elite or let them leave). Though hard, this approach would eliminate windows.

  • Lidman

    “Anyway, I think Idzik is taking a much longer view than winning one Super Bowl”

    No chance. Here is why: very few orgnizations allow someone to ‘steer the ship’ for longer than 5yrs without winning. Before Idzik can build up that type of equity, with Woody, he’s going to need to win soon.

    He came in and drafted a QB, so if he’s lucky he gets a second chance at that. He kept Rex, but some of that may have been Woody’s call. At best, he gets 1 HC hire. So, if this team doesn’t make the playoffs this year, that is likely all Rex gets. However, it will also be 2 seasons of Idzik drafting, and the clock will squarely be on him.

    The NFL is a ‘win now’ league.

  • KAsh

    “If I ever do something that’s in the best interests of this football team and it costs me my job, that’s fine, because it’s not about me. It’s never about me. It’s about what’s best for this football team and what will make them a winner. If I had to do something for this team that I knew would help us but that I would lose my job, I’d do it in a heartbeat.”

    – John Idzik

  • Lidman


    I have the original deed to the Brooklyn Bridge. I’d sell it to you for $10mm. All you need to do is create a toll bridge, and you’ll be rich beyond your wildest imagination.

    If I get some reporter to put that in an article, would you believe me? Don’t waste my time with quotes like that. Running a football team does nothing for the ‘greater good’ for society. It’s a $9Bn/yr business. Idzik isn’t making life or death decisions. The ‘moves’ he makes are not influencing future generations and have virtually no impact outside of his locker room. If you want to belive his ‘hero talk’, that’s your prerogative. I don’t consider myself a synic, but I’m certainly not naive either.

  • Lidman