“I am honored and extremely excited to be joining the New York Jets. It has been very enlightening getting to know Mr. Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan and Neil Glat, and I am very grateful for them making me feel very welcomed as a member of the Jets family. I am eager to get started building on the foundation that is already in place.”
Those, the words of New York Jets General Manager at his introductory press conference back in January. My how things can change quickly in this league.
Since then, he’s traded away his best player in Darrelle Revis, drafted a possible Revis-replacement in Alabama’s Dee Milliner, created BIG headlines by drafting Geno Smith, and most recently entered “media hell week” this week with the sudden retirement of QB David Garrard, and most recently, the arrest of one of his first free-agent signings, running back Mike Goodson, on weapon and drug charges.
The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6 million contract in March. His deal with the Jets included a guaranteed $1 million signing bonus.Goodson, 25, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun, and possession of a hollow-point bullet. He was also intoxicated…intoxicated enough to have the police take him to the hospital due to his “level of his intoxication”.
Idzik will certainly play his cards close to his chest over the next several days in regards to what to do with Goodson, who was expected to play a hefty role as the expected number two running back for the Jets. Heck, he could make a decision by the end of day in regards what to do with Goodson.
Goodson’s young, he made a mistake, but he’s not a number one. Idzik need’s to make an example of Goodson, much like he made an example out of Revis by trading him away.
Idzik has most certainly never been around the media attention that New York commands. Having been in Tampa Bay, Arizona, and most recently, Seattle. Neither of the three garners the attention that the Big Apple does. It will be a real test for Idzik to handle the situation and handle it accordingly.
Because, I mean, let’s be honest here, he’s not off to a great start with his two big free-agent signings essentially taking themselves off the team…albeit for completely different reasons.
Idzik has gotten a pass from a lot of the fans, I’m not really not sure why. His “pedigree” maybe, his father having been a former Jets coach? Or maybe being a part of championship teams? Or maybe it’s to give themself a false belief because they desperately want the team and Idzik to succeed. I know I do.
He’s stressed competition since the day he got here. Well, the most important position, with the recent retirement of David Garrard, has essentially took a step back so-to-speak. We have been basically assured that Mark Sanchez will be the starter going into the season. Unless Geno really wows the coaching staff in training camp.
Either way, Idzik has never really called the shots until now…he has some work to do.
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