Seahawks in Super Bowl 'special' for Jets' Idzik

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — John Idzik will see quite a few familiar faces on Super Bowl Sunday.

The New York Jets' general manager spent six years in the Seattle Seahawks' front office, helping build owner Paul Allen's team into a championship-caliber club.

"No doubt, it makes it special," said Idzik, who'll be at MetLife Stadium for the game Sunday. "The entire organization from Mr. Allen on down, the front office, the coaching staff and of course the players, when you've spent so much time with them and you've kind of grown with them you build very close relationships and you really wish them well.

"So, yeah, it is special that way."

Idzik, speaking Saturday at a midtown restaurant renamed "Jets House" for the week, was hired by New York in January 2013 to replace Mike Tannenbaum as the team's GM. The Jets went 8-8 and missed the playoffs in his first season, but he and owner Woody Johnson chose to not only retain Rex Ryan but give him a contract extension.

"I just think it's stability for the organization," Idzik said of the extension, "and Rex is our coach."

Idzik, who like Ryan hasn't committed to Geno Smith as the team's starting quarterback for next season, isn't concerned about some off-field incidents Smith has had this offseason. He has spoken with Smith, whose troubles include recently having a disagreement with a flight attendant at Los Angeles International airport, for which Virgin America airline later apologized.



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