New York Jets – Positive Early Returns On Idzik

New York Jets fans should be optimistic about the early returns on new GM John Idzik

The New York Jets went through an exhaustive process to find their new General Manager after firing Mike Tannenbaum. John Idzik wasn’t a flashy name and he didn’t captivate the New York media with an opening press conference filled with witty, quotable remarks. Yet, just about every decision he has made since then has given reason for optimism.

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New York Jets – Sorting Through The Revis Hysteria

Since the beginning of the new league year this past Tuesday, rumors have been swirling, speculating trade partners for New York Jets Cornerback Darrelle Revis. It has been the common train of thought that Revis will inevitably be moved at some point this offseason, for the Jets cannot afford to pay him an astronomical annual salary and could risk losing him for nothing more than a 2015 compensatory draft pick if he signs with another club after the 2013 season.

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New York Jets – A Preliminary Checklist For John Idzik

A preliminary checklist for New York Jets GM John Idzik

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We had a less serious, but equally important previous take on John Idzik’s introductory press conference as the New York Jets General Manager last week. Today, we focus on his preliminary checklist on rebuilding the Jets into a serious contender.

1 – The Quarterback – The Jets aren’t accomplishing anything until the quarterback position stabilized. A decision has to be reached on Mark Sanchez. If he is going to be cut or traded, how do the Jets deal with the cap ramifications? If he is going to stay, who is going to be brought in to compete with him? The Jets need a veteran with starting experience and a mid-round pick in the mix next season regardless of what happens with Sanchez.

2 – Revis – We touched on this earlier today but are you signing him long term or are you trading him? You can’t let him play out his contract and then walk after this season. If you do trade, you must receive a substantial haul of draft picks. If you do sign him long term, you must get Antonio Cromartie on the trade block to get his 8 million off the books and get draft picks back for him.

3 – Current Free Agents – Shonn Greene is a goner. LaRon Landry likely is also. But what will Idzik do about starting tight end Dustin Keller, starting guards Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore, key defensive lineman Mike DeVito and starting safety Yeremiah Bell? You can’t keep everybody but how are going to replace the players who are leaving, particularly the two starting guards?

4 – Trade Bait – It won’t just be Revis and Cromartie on the trading block. The Jets will be making calls about Santonio Holmes, David Harris and maybe a few others. The more awful contracts they can get off the books, the better.

5 – Cut The Crap – Bart Scott. Calvin Pace. Jason Smith. Eric Smith. Good-Bye.

6 – Stockpile Draft Picks – The Jets currently have 7 picks. Hopefully, they end up with 10-12 picks. This team needs quantity and quality in April.

In case you forgot just how much work Idzik has ahead of him, here is a look at the Jets current depth chart of players under contract and factoring in players who will absolutely be cut for cap purposes (Pace, Scott etc)

QB – Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow

HB – Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight

FB – None

TE – Jeff Cumberland, Hayden Smith

WR – Jeremy Kerley, Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill

OT – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Austin Howard

C – Nick Mangold

OG – Vladimir Ducasse, Caleb Schlauderaff

DE – Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples

DT – Sione Pouha, Kenrick Ellis

OLB – Garret McIntyre, Ricky Sapp

ILB – David Harris, Demario Davis

CB – Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie

S – Antonio Allen, Josh Bush

Yikes.

New York Jets Hire Marty Mornhinweg As Offensive Coordinator

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In the wake of the New York Jets announcing the hiring of John Idzik as the organization’s next General Manager, the coaching dominoes have already begun to fall into place. Shortly after agreeing to terms with Idzik, the Jets have hired Marty Mornhinweg as Offensive Coordinator. Both of these hirings finally give the Jets a bit more stability moving forward, after a three week stint with both positions unoccupied.

Mornhinweg joins the Jets after 10 years spent in Philadelphia with the Eagles. Mornhinweg was hired by Andy Reid in 2003 as a senior assistant, became assistant head coach in 2004, and finally took over play calling duties in 2006 as the team’s Offensive Coordinator, a position he held through last season, prior to Reid being fired. During his seven seasons as Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator, Mornhinweg yielded five top 10 offenses and three top 5 offenses, while never finishing outside of 15th in overall offense. Before his tenure in Philadelphia, Mornhinweg worked in Green Bay as the Quarterbacks coach during the Packers’ 1996 Super Bowl XXXI championship season, followed by 4 seasons in San Francisco, serving as both Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach under Head Coach Steve Mariucci, and finally a brief stint as Head Coach of the Detroit Lions from 2001-2002.

MM2A long descendant of the Bill Walsh tree, Mornhinweg brings in vast experience in the west coast offense, indicating the Jets will be making a major shift from Tony Sparano’s failed Ground and Pound approach. A shift like this will be beneficial to the Jets, who have been far behind the ball in terms of offensive schematics over the past couple of years. A shift to a west coast style system will be a complete 180 degree spin for Gang Green. Previously under Ryan, the Jets have expressed their desire to be a run first team. Conversely, a west coast offense will use the pass to open up the run. How successful New York will be in their first season in this type of offense is unclear, but this kind of change was an absolute necessity considering the league’s recent offensive trends.

Mornhinweg also brings in an excellent history of quarterback experience. Having played the position in college at the University of Montana, Mornhinweg has been a key instrument in the development of players like Brett Favre (1995, 1996), Steve Young (1997-1999), Jeff Garcia (San Francisco 1999-2000, Philadelphia 2006, 2009), Donovan McNabb (1999-2009), and Michael Vick (2009-2012) among others. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Jets give Mornhinweg a chance to attempt to resurrect the career of Mark Sanchez, the former 5th overall pick who has regressed mightily in his previous two seasons as a pro. Sanchez played in a west coast offense under Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian during his days at USC with high success – 3,207 yards, 34 TD, 10 INT, 65.8 completion percentage during his final season. It is fair to assume that John Idzik will sit down with Mornhinweg to pick his brain about Sanchez before any decisions are made on the embattled quarterback’s future in New York.

Speculation will also begin to circulate about the Jets acquiring Michael Vick and Matt Flynn, both of whom have ties to Mornhinweg and Idzik, respectively, and are expected to become available, either via free agency or trade, when the new league year begins in March. However, internal decisions will likely need to be made at the quarterback position before any additional players are acquired.

This is a very solid hire for the Jets. Mornhinweg brings experience, innovation, and most importantly, something brand new. How well his schematics and system will translate to the current personnel are still unknown, but New York’s offensive ideology is finally beginning to head in the right direction.

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

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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.