Thursday, January 17, 2013
Sources: Idzik has emerged as front-runner
By Rich Cimini
Seahawks VP of football administration John Idzik is the frontrunner for the Jets' general manager vacancy and could be offered the job as soon as Thursday night, league sources told ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.
Idzik, back at work at the Seahawks' facility, told people there he hopes to have a resolution by Thursday night. Idzik loves his situation in Seattle, where he works under coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider. That could make it a tough decision for Idzik, but the lure of New York and running an entire football operation would be tough to ignore.
The other finalist is Omar Khan, the Steelers' director of football and business administration. As of Thursday afternoon, Khan hadn't heard back from the Jets, fueling speculation they're focused on Idzik. Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen is considered a long shot.
Based on experience, Idzik is more qualified than Khan. But here's the issue with both men: Their expertise is salary-cap management and contract negotiation, not scouting and personnel. People around the league are surprised the Jets would stick with that model after firing a GM -- Mike Tannenbaum -- with a similar background.