John Idzik Undermining Rex Ryan's Authority About New York Jets' Quarterback Controversy?

By Jesse Schwartz
Rex Ryan and John Idzik
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There never seems to be a shortage of stories for the New York Jets.

When GM John Idzik was asked about the quarterback controversy between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith at the beginning of training camp, he insisted that the decision of who gets to start would be a collaborative one and not solely determined by Rex Ryan. The New York media hopped all over his answer, claiming that his response was indicative of a power struggle between him and Ryan.

But was Idzik undermining Ryan’s authority as head coach, or was his answer a reasonable one?

Ryan insisted to the media that there would be no power struggle at hand. “I think you guys are making a mountain out of a mole hill, to be honest because ever since I’ve been here, this is my fifth year here, not one decision has ever been made by one man”.

At least there doesn’t seem to be an issue outwardly. Ryan has been hopping on board with everything that Idzik has said this offseason, but it’s hard to imagine that he’s not just a little perturbed by Idzik’s demeanor. In reality, the head coach generally decides what happens on the field and the GM determines what happens off the field and on paper. Ryan should feel like he has control of his football team.

That said, I’m inclined to say that Idzik’s comments were still blown out of proportion by the media. It’s not unusual for big organizational decisions to be made collaboratively, and Idzik certainly didn’t intend on starting a media firestorm. Jets fans should take this story at face value and worry about bigger issues that the Jets have.

When the time comes to decide on a starting quarterback for Week 1, the Jets are hoping that the decision will be unanimous and that the team will be behind one guy or the other.

If anything but that happens, let the circus begin.

Jesse Schwartz is an NFL Writer at Follow him on Twitter.

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