Green Day: No comfort zone under Idzik

November, 5, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- After seven weeks of hiding from the media, John Idzik emerged from his bunker Monday and delivered a bye-week state of the team. The general manager gave predictable answers, saying nice things about Rex Ryan and Geno Smith but refusing to commit to them beyond this season.

I think the classic Idzik-ian comment came near the end of his session, when he provided a quick, but revealing glimpse into his organizational philosophy. It was tantamount to covering the floor with egg shells, because he wants everyone in the building to feel like they're walking on them.

"In this league, whether it's evaluating the quarterback position, evaluating anything you're doing, if you have a feeling of contentment or complacency, you're at risk -- and we're not going to have that feeling in this building," he said. "We'll always push this train going forward."

In other words, even if Idzik knows Smith will be his starting quarterback in 2014, he's not about to make that public. The same could be said of Ryan's uncertain situation. The idea is to keep everyone on edge, fueling competition and production. I've seen that approach work (the Bill Parcells era) and I've seen it fail (Eric Mangini era). In the end, it usually comes down to the quality of the players and coaches walking on those egg shells. Fill the roster with good players, and the team will win.

ICYMI: Here's more from Idzik on Rex, etc. ... Receiver Jeremy Kerley has a dislocated elbow, according to a source, and will miss a few weeks. It doesn't appear to be a season-ending injury. That hurts the receiving corps, but tight end Kellen Winslow and, quite possibly, receiver Santonio Holmes will be ready for the next week. That's Week 11, after the bye. ... Quarterbacks coach David Lee offered his mid-season take on Smith. There's some good stuff here from the refreshingly candid assistant coach. ... Former Jet Bart Scott, a two-faced phony, slammed Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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