New GM Idzik has plenty of challenges with Jets

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2013 at 5:37 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — John Idzik shook Rex Ryan's hand and the two shared a big laugh in front of more than a dozen cameras.

Woody Johnson was all smiles, too, as his new general manager spoke about rebuilding the New York Jets into a playoff team.

Well, Idzik certainly has quite a task ahead of him.

"I feel that here in New York, we're going to be all-in," Idzik said at his introductory news conference Thursday. "All together."

But will that include Ryan, considered by many fans and media a lame-duck coach, beyond this season? How about struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez? Or, Tim Tebow? What about injured star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has become the subject of trade speculation?

"I'm literally hours into the building," Idzik said. "That, we're going to save for our evaluation process."

Idzik declared his first order of business is to review the Jets' entire roster and decide who stays, who goes and who they need to come in and be part of the solution.

He spent some time earlier in the week with Ryan and several other members of the Jets' staff in Mobile, Ala., where they attended Senior Bowl workouts and got to know each other a bit. The relationship between Idzik and Ryan will be an intriguing one, especially since some considered having a coach already in place for an incoming GM a possible drawback.

"I look forward to working with Rex Ryan," Idzik said. "That, to me, was a plus."

Johnson said Idzik would play a role in deciding Ryan's fate after this season.

"That's a collaborative decision between John and I," Johnson said, "but John will certainly have something to say."

Idzik also inherits a roster that includes one of the league's top defensive players in Revis, who is recovering from a serious knee injury and has a contract that voids after the 2013 season. Revis also wants to be paid big money, fit for a player Ryan has repeatedly called one of the best he has ever coached. But a report Wednesday night said Johnson, concerned that the Jets won't be able to re-sign Revis next year, wants to explore trade options rather than risk losing him for nothing as a free agent next winter.

That talk had an angry Revis taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, saying he was "speechless" about the trade rumors but was "more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!" The cornerback also added: "I guess we'll see how this plays out."

Johnson would neither confirm nor deny that the report was true, adding that he didn't know where it came from.

"I think it's way premature to say anything specific," said Idzik, who will have the final say on all personnel decisions.

He said the same for the future of Sanchez, who's due $8.25 million in guarantees next season and would cost the Jets a $17.1 million cap hit if they cut him.

"We just need to take our time and evaluate Mark, along with everyone else," Idzik said.

Sanchez struggled mightily in 2012, and will be working with his third offensive coordinator in as many seasons as Marty Mornhinweg replaced the fired Tony Sparano. Ryan confirmed Sanchez is talking with former quarterback Jeff Garcia to help him pick up Mornhinweg's offense.