The New York Jets held their second major press conference in about two weeks, on Thursday, to introduce John Idzik as their new general manager. The Jets owner and the organization believe they made the right choice after several interviews, and believe Idzik can get the job done and help the bumbling Jets return to the playoffs.
Nothing too exciting at the press conference, as Idzik fired off some pretty obvious, and cookie-cutter answers and statements in which he said all the right things. He addressed the obvious quarterback problem situation, the salary cap problem, free agency, and, of course, about head coach Rex Ryan.
Idzik said he expects the team to rebound from two disappointing seasons and the most important thing at hand is to do a “thorough and comprehensive review of our roster.” Obviously, something that hasn’t been done properly in the past with all the bloated contracts at hand.
Apparently no one player will be a guaranteed starter, “there will be a constant influx of competition,” Idzik said about his current roster.
The new GM was also non-commital with the current quarterback situation, or Mark Sanchez’s contract, who is owed 8.25 million in 2013. “We need to take our time and evaluate Mark, and everybody else on the roster,” Idzik said. “The draft will be very important to us. It will be a lifeline for us.” Will the Jets look at quarterbacks in the draft?
Though Idzik’s strong suit is in salary-cap negotiations, he may not be able to retain Pro Bowl corner Darrelle Revis. He declined to answer questions about the Revis report, or about any specific players, citing his short time with the team.
The Jets are in quite a mess due to Tannenbaum’s recent personnel moves. John Idzik has his work cut out for him.