By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
Finally, it appears as if the New York Jets have finally decided on a new general manager. As Jason LaConfora reports, John Idzik comes across the country from Seattle to be the new guy in New York:
The Jets have hired John Idzik, formerly of the Seahawks, as their new GM. Done deal. Negotiations are complete.
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 18, 2013
Idzik is does not fit the bill as a “cap guy” or a “scouting guy” – he has a background in both. This is what the Seahawks’ official website says about Idzik’s role with the Seahawks:
With Seattle, Idzik oversees player negotiations, the team’s compliance with the NFL salary cap, player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, team travel and most aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations. In addition, he serves as the club’s primary liaison to the NFL Office and represents the club at League meetings.
Idzik spends most of his time with contracts and cap matters, but that does not mean he is the second coming of Mike Tannenbaum who offers limited experience in talent evaluation. He is a former player and coach for several NFL and non-NFL franchises. His father was an assistant coach with the Jets.
Given the Jets’ disastrous cap situation, Idzik’s experience and knowledge working with the cap is certainly welcomed as well.
Obviously, the tale of John Idzik’s GM career has yet to be written, but do not listen to anyone who claims that Idzik is “just another cap guy.” The Jets have taken their sweet time in making a decision, and Idzik looks like an ideal fit on paper.