John Idzik Jr.
|Date of birth:||1961 (age 55–56)|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, Michigan|
|College:||Dartmouth & Duke|
John Idzik Jr. (born 1961) is a consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He is the former general manager of the New York Jets. He was named to the position on January 18, 2013 after spending the previous six seasons in the Seattle Seahawks front office as the vice president of football administration. His father, John Idzik, was also a coach in the National Football League (notably he was an assistant coach with the Jets under Walt Michaels) and the CFL.
Idzik began his career as a coach in 1982 when he was named the wide receivers coach at the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1990, he moved on to become the offensive backfield coach for the Aberdeen Oilers (Scotland) of the British American Football League. He would become a graduate assistant coach at Duke University, where he assisted with the offensive line and running backs for the 1991-92 seasons.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In 1993, he entered the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and would go on to spend 11 years with the franchise, first as a Pro Personnel Assistant, being elevated to Director of Football Administration in 1996, and became the Assistant General Manager in 2001. During his tenure, the Buccaneers would win their first Super Bowl championship in 2002.
After his tenure with the Buccaneers, he spent three seasons working as the Senior Director of Football Operations for the Arizona Cardinals organization.
Idzik joined the Seattle Seahawks organization on February 16, 2007. With Seattle, Idzik was in charge of overseeing player negotiations, the team's compliance with the NFL salary cap, player personnel transactions, all football operations budgets, staff and team contracts, and most aspects of the day-to-day football operations while also remaining active in player evaluations. During this time, he also served as the club's primary liaison to the NFL Office and represented the club at league meetings.
New York Jets
On January 24, 2013 the Jets named John Idzik the team's general manager.
In his first season in 2013 as general manager, Idzik released linebacker Bart Scott, defensive back Eric Smith, offensive lineman Jason Smith, and defensive tackle Sione Pouha. In free agency, he added quarterback David Garrard, running back Mike Goodson, offensive lineman Willie Colon, linebacker Antwan Barnes, and safety Dawan Landry. Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, Idzik traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their first round selection (13th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft and a conditional pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He also agreed to a trade with the New Orleans Saints to obtain running back Chris Ivory for a fourth round selection (106th overall). His first draft class saw him select cornerback Dee Milliner with the 9th overall selection, Sheldon Richardson with the 13th overall selection, and Geno Smith with the 39th overall selection. Upon the drafting of Smith, Idzik also chose to release quarterback Tim Tebow on April 29, 2013.
With the Jets making the change in quarterback to rookie Geno Smith, the team went 8–8 and finished second in the AFC East in Idzik's first season as general manager.
During the 2014 offseason, Idzik released a number of players, including cornerback Antonio Cromartie, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and quarterback Mark Sanchez. To replace Sanchez, Idzik added veteran quarterback Michael Vick, who previously worked in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system with the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to Vick, Idzik also signed former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Breno Giacomini and former Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. In April, Idzik saw an opportunity to bolster the offensive side of the ball by adding veteran running back Chris Johnson, formerly of the Tennessee Titans. The 2014 NFL Draft saw the Jets have 12 draft selections, including 18th overall selection safety Calvin Pryor and 49th overall selection tight end Jace Amaro. Idzik addressed the wide receiver position with a trio of wide receivers in the 4th round, including Jalen Saunders, Shaquelle Evans, and Quincy Enunwa. Saunders and Enunwa were subsequently cut from the team after the start of the season although Enunwa later returned to the active roster on December 27, 2014.
During the 2014 season, Idzik received a large amount of criticism for the lack of talent he provided on the roster. As a result, a group of fans raised money to purchase billboards in New Jersey reading "Fire John Idzik" and passed out rally towels with the same message at select home games. A second group of fans flew a plane over the Jets practice facility with the same message.
Idzik was fired on December 29, 2014 after two seasons with the team.
- Jets Media Relations Department (18 January 2013). "Jets Name John Idzik General Manager". Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- Cosentino, Dom (December 27, 2014). "Jets place safety Rontez Miles on IR, promote wideout Quincy Enunwa from practice squad". NJ.com. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
- Johnson, Woody (December 29, 2014). "Johnson Official Statement on Idzik and Ryan". New York Jets. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2014.