Friday, January 18, 2013
A chance John Idzik couldn't pass up
By Mike Sando
John Idzik was once a New York Jets ballboy. His father was a Jets assistant coach.
In a sense, then, the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football administration is heading home. Idzik, named Friday as the Jets' general manager, spent the past decade in the NFC West, joining the Seahawks from the Arizona Cardinals in 2007.
The Jets were projected to be more than $19 million above the salary cap. They have no viable starting quarterback. Their head coach, Rex Ryan, is entering what looks like a make-or-break season.
Those impediments made the Jets' GM vacancy less attractive. However, the clock shouldn't start ticking for Idzik until Ryan's situation is resolved following the 2013 season.
Having Idzik leading the Jets' personnel department strengthens the Seahawks' ties with an organization that could be in the market for a quarterback. That thought came to mind from an NFC West standpoint after Seahawks general manager John Schneider publicly confirmed that Seattle would be open to trading quarterback Matt Flynn this offseason.
Richi Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com offers thoughts on Idzik from a Jets perspective. His general feel is that the Jets went against convention by hiring a candidate better known for salary-cap expertise than the ability to build a roster. That's a fair concern until Idzik proves himself on the personnel side. Idzik does have a football background, however. He played receiver at Dartmouth, coached briefly in the college ranks, worked as a pro personnel assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving into the salary-cap realm.
The Seahawks will need to hire someone to negotiate contracts and manage their salary cap. Schneider's ties to Green Bay could come into play. Former Seahawks executive and former Tennessee Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt comes to mind as a natural fit, but initial indications are that he has no plans to take such a job.