The Idzik era has been one that has been filled with patience. In Idzik’s first draft with the Jets, Idzik addressed many areas of needs including the defensive line, offensive line, and quarterback positions. In the first round, many Jet fans were looking for an offensive weapon. However, with Chance Warmack and Tavon Austin off the board Idzik showed great poise by not reaching for a player. Idzik remained patient and got two great talents in Sheldon Richardson and Dee Milliner in the first round addressing much needed areas for the Jets. In the second round, the Jets took Geno Smith, which was a great value pick. Geno Smith was projected to be first rounds pick in the top ten, but he fell drastically. The Jets got a huge talent that could eventually become the franchise quarterback.
Another positive of the Idzik era in New York is how he has handled the media. Idzik has put an end to the so called “circus” that was deemed to be the Jets. With Idzik, there has been no leaking of information or anything to the media. This was something that became evident during the Tannebaum era in New York. The threats of holdouts and contract disputes between the Jets and Revis are now a thing of the past. Idzik eliminated this when he came to an agreement to trade Revis to Tampa Bay. Although Jet fans were upset with this, Idzik had to do it. There was no way that the Jets were going to pay Revis quarterback type money for a cornerback coming off a torn ACL.
The squashing of the “circus” continued when the Jets released Tim Tebow. A lot of Jets fans are still curious on why Tebow was brought in last year. Tebow rarely saw the field last year and failed to contribute. Tebow proved just to be a distraction to the Jets organization and now is gone. The media coverage that followed the Tebow trade was enormous and did not benefit the Jets. A team who already was seeing a ton of negative press was at a whole new level. With Idzik taking over he has cleaned this up in an attempt to freshen up the image of the New York Jets organization.
Before Idzik took over, the Jets were in some serious salary cap issues. Idzik has managed to clean this mess up by cutting aging players such as Bart Scott, Eric Smith, and Jason Smith. He got veterans such as Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, and D’Brickashaw Ferguson to restructure their contracts to make the Jets salary cap in better shape. Overall, the Idzik era has been a silent success so far even though it is in its infant stages. If Idzik can keep up the cleansing of the organization and rebuilding, the Jets will rise to success quicker than many expect.