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Posted 15 Dec 2014
QuotePercy Harvin won’t take pay cut to stay with Jets
Receiver Percy Harvin has caused no problems for the Jets since arriving in October. Coming soon, Percy will be causing a potential dilemma for the franchise.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Harvin won’t take a pay cut to stay with the Jets in 2015, when his contract requires a base salary of $10.5 million. While Harvin likely wouldn’t get that much on the open market (and given that the Jets may offer him more on a reduced deal that anyone else would pay him), playing for another team likely would mean enjoying a better quarterback situation.
Keeping Harvin would have a cost to the Jets beyond the eight-figure salary. If he’s on the roster at the start of the league year, the sixth-round pick the Jets will be sending to the Seahawks for Harvin becomes a fourth-round selection. That term works to Harvin’s benefit as much as it does to Seattle’s, since it forces the Jets to make a decision sooner rather than later.
If the Jets choose to move on, a third trade of Harvin since 2013 becomes possible, but not likely. Perhaps the Jets could be willing to take peanuts for Percy if that means not having to cut him — and in turn to watch him walk to New England and power up the Patriots’ offense in a way that franchise hasn’t seen since Randy Moss was dumped back onto the Vikings for a disastrous three-week reunion in 2010.
If Harvin finds a home with the Patriots, if he performs to his potential, and if he causes no problems, it would be disastrous for the Jets. And possibly for every other NFL franchise.
Posted 15 Dec 2014
QuoteJets GM John Idzik involved in early stages of coaching search
Beleaguered Jets general manager John Idzik, who has been at the center of fan and media scorn in just his second season on the job, has been helping craft the preparations for the franchise's ensuing coaching search along with owner Woody Johnson, league sources said, at a time when many have wondered if the GM would be back himself.
Some sources cautioned that Johnson could still perhaps opt to hire a new general manager as well, especially should he pursue an A-List coach who might want his own personnel executive, but it surprised some around the league to learn that Idzik has been involved in the pre-vetting stages of the search. It's widely known that Jets coach Rex Ryan will not be back in 2015 -- he could well end up choosing broadcasting over a return to coaching next season, sources said -- and, with a the competition for coaching candidates expected to be heavy, Johnson and Idzik are preparing lists and sniffing around on certain potential candidates.
To this point the franchise is not using a headhunter or search firm -- Johnson has in the past -- and while that could change at some point, for now it has been Johnson, Idzik and team president Neil Glat who have been handling the behind-the-scenes stuff. Idzik has some natural ties to both of the Seattle Seahawks coordinators -- Darrell Bevell and Dan Quinn, who have interviewed for head coaching jobs, and whom he worked with in Seattle. And Idzik has also thought highly of 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman in the past, though the descent of San Francisco's offense this season would seemingly put a dimmer on his coaching star.
The Jets have been a dysfunctional franchise, which would certainly scare some candidates away, but the glare of the Big Apple, a high 2015 draft pick (perhaps even the No. 1 overall) and the high-profile nature of this job will appeal to others.
Posted 11 Dec 2014
QuoteWoody Johnson says he hasn’t made up his mind yet
Jets owner Woody Johnson says he hasn’t made up his mind about the future of General Manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan.
But he also doesn’t sound like a man inclined to patience, either.
“I’m in the business — I got to win games,” Johnson told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “I’m a fan, I represent the fans. We’re both frustrated by this. Ultimately, I am going to have to look for something that I believe is going to right the ship, whether it’s the current way, the way we are doing it now with the people we have now or going down a different pathway. I’m looking at everything. I’m analyzing what’s happened and why it’s happened.”
Johnson has always loved Ryan, but the coach is 2-11 this year and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010.
“It’s not a question of fondness,” Johnson said. “I’ve always thought he’s a very good coach. He’s an excellent coach, excellent teacher. The fans are going to want to see something different. They’re not going to let us get along and I don’t want to do exactly the same thing. So it’s going to be either the way we coach or the way we approach it. It could be with the same people. It might be with different people. That’s the case each and every year.”
Asked if two years was long enough to give a G.M. to put a program into place, Johnson replied: “I can’t really comment whether it is short or long. I’m a fan, I represent the fans, we’re both frustrated by this. . . .
“This is a results-oriented business. You try to put a package together to help you right the ship. We evaluate everybody. Everybody in football is evaluated. It’s going to happen at the end of the year, that’s the way we normally do it. That’s the way most teams do it.”
So while he might not have made up his mind, it does sound like he’s thinking big.
Posted 11 Dec 2014
QuoteNFL agents with differing opinions on job John Idzik has done as Jets GM
Doing business with Jets general manager John Idzik is supposed to be excruciating and described as “glacial” in terms of pace. But for at least one agent who has worked with Idzik for two decades, he has seen nothing but positives from the embattled general manager.
Howard Shatsky has been an agent since 1989 and he now runs his own firm, Professional Football Management. With clients that included Michael Strahan and Brian Westbrook among others, Shatsky has had a business relationship with Idzik for much of his representation career. From 1993 to 2004, Idzik worked his way through the Buccaneers' management side, from a pro personnel assistant up to assistant general manager. It was during this time that Shatsky the agent began to work with Idzik, the rising star in the organization.
This relationship continued over the years even after Idzik made stops in Arizona and then Seattle before taking the Jets job last offseason.
“Over the years I signed many players with John," Shatsky said. “John Idzik is one of the truly nice guys in the NFL. While I realize that may not matter to fans, it does have a huge impact with agents. In my dealings with him, John has always been upfront, honest and straightforward. That type of person can be a huge asset to a team when trying to get a deal done or sign a player in free agency.”
Not everyone agrees with Shatsky.
One prominent NFL agent, who has had several players on the Jets since Idzik's time with the team began and others who the Jets had inquired about during free agency, didn't want to speak on the record, “because that might ruin whatever relationship I have left with the team.” But he sees flaws with the current general manager.
“You want to see some movement from the man you're talking with, and John always seemed to be putting things off and waiting for the situation to dictate things, not the other way around. You have to be proactive in free agency and offering deals, not always hedging,” the agent told Metro. “Sometimes you have to have big balls in this business. I'm not sure John has the big balls for this role. He's smart, he doesn't make bad decisions. He's a great guy. But you need those balls. You have to be willing to take a risk and he's too calculated. I want to see him roll up his sleeves and play the hand he's got.”
Of course, those comments are from an agent who might feel slighted after not getting the deal from the Jets he wanted to during free agency.
Earlier this week, Shatsky took to Twitter to defend Idzik. He's upset about the way Jets fans are attacking their general manager, who hasn't even completed two years on the job. Granted the fanbase has every right to be upset at the current state of the team, especially given their 2-11 record. This poor year comes after last season's 8-8 mark which made some hopeful for a return to the postseason.
From his perspective, as someone who has worked with Idzik on getting deals done, Shatsky tells Metro that he doesn't see an issue with the Jets' last offseason. Despite lots of cap space, the Jets went a low-key route, without a big splash. There was a perception that Idzik moved too slowly and low-balled free agents, leading to this year's dearth of talent.
“Perhaps John may have moved a bit too slow for the fans in New York. Having grown up in New Jersey as a Jet fan, I know firsthand how demanding the New York fans can be,” Shatsky said. “Having said that, if I was an NFL owner, I would prefer my GM make well thought-out, rational decisions. There are times when you need to move quickly, but in most cases slow and steady wins the race. The NFL is a marathon, not a sprint.”
Try telling that to a fanbase that hasn't seen the playoffs since 2010, this after getting their appetite whetted for success following last year's surprising run to .500. The thought was that the Jets needed just a couple of pieces, some high-end talent, to be a playoff team again. A good core seemed to be in place.
Instead, Idzik let pieces such as cornerback Antonio Cromartie bolt to the Cardinals and didn't even sniff around when Darrelle Revis, arguably the best cornerback in the game, became available. He didn't land any other prized free agents and even the signings of wide receiver Eric Decker, running back Chris Johnson and right tackle Breno Giacomini did little to excite those who wanted star power. He made some solid additions, but the team still lacked legitimate playmakers. Two underwhelming drafts haven't helped.
And now a 2-11 season that has seen just one win since the season opener is pinned squarely on the back of the general manager, who has seen a FireJohnIdzik.com website pop up, billboards asking for his termination and planes flying overhead demanding his ouster.
“I do not think you can blame or credit any one person in an NFL organization," Shatsky said. "Not being privy to John's contract, I do not know if he even has the final say over who the Jets draft. Not to mention, the draft is a group project - scouts, coaches, the general manager and even the owners of some teams all may have a say in who is selected. Who has the final say differs from team to team.
“Obviously the Jets have not performed well this year, however to blame that all on the general manager is just not fair," Shatsky continued. "When Idzik got to New York, the Jets were not in great shape in terms of the cap. That limits the ability of the general manager to make moves. There are also other people in the organization that have input. It is interesting to me, how on social media I see Idzik getting slammed but yet I have not seen much criticism of [head coach] Rex Ryan. Is that because Rex is better with the media and more engaging in press conferences? I am not really sure what the answer is and I am not putting the blame on Rex. My point is that the success or failure of an NFL team can never be put on one individual ... My feeling is that when things go right, everyone should receive credit and the same goes for when things don't go right.“
Posted 8 Dec 2014@SethWalderNYDN - Jets special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey told Fox 26 Houston he is "very interested" in U of Houston head coaching job. #nyj
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