When John Idzik accepted the New York Jets general manager job, he knew it wasn’t going to be a quick fix.
However, Idzik (above, left) is in it for the long haul.
Idzik is retaining Rex Ryan and most of his coaching staff, but he’s already reorganized and restructured the Jets’ front office, most notably with the hiring of former Arizona Cardinals GM Rod Graves to a high-ranking role.
Graves was the Cardinals’ GM for the last ten years, and Idzik worked under him from 2004 to 2007. Now, with Idzik an NFL general manager for the first time, Graves will be his senior director of football administration.
Former Jets general manager Terry Bradway, who was reassigned from his GM role to a senior personnel executive role in 2006, will be retained by the Idzik regime as the Jets’ senior director of college scouting.
The overall restructure of the Jets’ front office now has a pro personnel department, a college scouting department, area scouts and the football administration department. Each department reports directly to Idzik.
For Idzik, the blend of holdovers from previous regimes as well as the addition of new executives that he’s familiar with should give him a good team of football people to help put the Jets in a good position to succeed.
The Jets have a ton of cap flexibility in 2014, and while many may think that a Jets rebuild will be a long, arduous process, it wouldn’t surprise me if they get back to their winning ways sooner than most people think.