Former Jets GM John Idzik lands full-time gig with Jaguars


It's time to start paying attention to roadside billboards in Jacksonville.

Former New York Jets general manager John Idzik, who spent the last three months working as a salary-cap consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has been hired to a full-time position, according to the Florida Times-Union.

His new title: Special assistant to the general manager.

"He'll do a little bit of everything," GM Dave Caldwell told the newspaper. "He's a great cultural fit for us. He has a great understanding of the salary cap and the different ways to do a contract." And he also will do some pro and college scouting.

There's no need for a detailed rehash of Idzik's two seasons with the Jets. We'll keep it to this: He did a poor job last season, damaged his credibility with an ill-conceived, midseason news conference, got caught in a media firestorm that emboldened the fan base (see: billboards and planes) and lost a power struggle to Rex Ryan. Obviously, Ryan lost, too.

But now Idzik is back in his comfort zone, with a chance to revive his career. Everybody is entitled to that opportunity.