Jets hire Seahawks exec John Idzik to be GM

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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Another potential challenge for Idzik will be working with Ryan, who was kept by Johnson despite the team finishing 6-10 last season and missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

At a season-ending news conference last week, Johnson defending retaining Ryan by saying the coach "has a rare ability," and added that potential GM candidates would have to be willing to work with Ryan.

That setup — having a coach already in place for an incoming GM — was considered a possible drawback by some, but both Johnson and Ryan insisted it would not cause any hangups in finding a replacement for Tannenbaum.

"I'm pretty sure I'll have the exact same agenda that the general manager will have and that's, we want to win," Ryan said last week. "I know that I don't know who the general manager is, but I promise you, he wants to win as bad as I do and that's something certainly we'll lean on."

Ryan's coaching staff will look markedly different next season with all three coordinators gone as well as several assistants. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine left to take a similar position with Buffalo, but Ryan promoted close friend Dennis Thurman, the team's defensive backs coach, to replace Pettine.

Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff retired after the season, and will be replaced by assistant Ben Kotwica.

Embattled offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was fired after just one season as the Jets finished 30th in overall offense after dealing with several injuries and inconsistent play by key players. He will be replaced by Marty Mornhinweg, who spent the past 10 seasons with Philadelphia, including the past seven as the offensive coordinator.

Sanchez continued to regress under Sparano, who replaced Brian Schottenheimer, and was benched late in the season. Sparano also couldn't figure out how to effectively use Tebow, who was expected to have a major role but instead barely saw the field in most games.

Idzik, a native of Detroit, graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth in 1982 and played wide receiver for the Big Green. He and his wife Carol have a daughter and two sons, including Bradley Idzik, a sophomore wide receiver at Wake Forest.

Before joining the Seahawks, Idzik spent three seasons as the senior director of football operations for Arizona.

He spent the previous 11 years with Tampa Bay, working his way up from pro personnel assistant to assistant general manager and helping build the Buccaneers' team that won the Super Bowl in 2003.

Idzik has also served as an assistant coach at Duke, SUNY Buffalo and Aberdeen of the British American Football League.

Idzik's father, John, was a longtime NFL coach, including a stint as the Jets' offensive coordinator from 1976-79.

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