Updated 01/24/2013 03:54 PM
Jets Introduce John Idzik As New General Manager
John Idzik took the podium Thursday at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, NJ for the first time as the franchise's new general manager. NY1's Kevin Garrity filed the following report.
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After a three-week search for a new general manager, Jets owner Woody Johnson has his man. The big question now is, will John Idzik be his own man in running the team, or will head coach Rex Ryan and Johnson still be pulling the strings?
"I think my role as a general manager is to provide some direction and develop consensus in the building so that when we make decisions, they're Jet decisions.
"I think if you go back to Tampa, or eras of the Arizona Cardinals, or anybody at the Seahawks, they will confirm the person that John is and that he is absolutely the right person to do this job with the New York Jets in 2013," Johnson said.
Idzik comes from the Seattle Seahawks, where he served as vice president of football administration, more on the business side of the front office rather than the player personnel side.
Now that he's the head man with the Jets, he does admit all decisions will be a team effort, and he needs to see that same kind of effort from the players.
"We went on quite a journey in Tampa," Idzik said. "We saw it from the bottom to the top. It was very special. To me, all those experiences have solidified the power of we, the power of we over me."
As for immediate personnel decisions, like the future of quarterback Mark Sanchez, the rookie GM came across as a true veteran when it comes to spinning.
"I'm literally hours into the building," Idzik said. "Rex had to show me my office, where it is. So I don't want to drill down too deep. That we're going to save for our evaluation process in the days and weeks to come."
At one point during his press conference on Thursday, Idzik was asked about the perception of a circus-like atmosphere with the Jets. He said that he senses no dysfunction and that he feels no repairs need to be made.