The battle axe was a weapon most commonly wielded by big, powerfull, burly men. When swung by a man with shoulders powerful enough to hold it correctly, it was practically unstoppable in combat. On the downside, the larger, more effective battle axes were so heavy that they would have to be used with both hands, which would negate the owners ability to use a shield, and would leave one with many vulnerabilities due to the infrequent, massively momentous swings demanded by the weapon.
For his entire tenure as the Jets GM, John Idzik has been repeatedly saying 1 thing over and over till he turned blue, "competition". However, it has never been made fully clear what this "competition" thing is. At first glance it appears to mean that we will have players competing in multiple areas in training camp every year in order to allow the best man to win. That is a sound strategy, however, I've heard many smart people say that every single team in the NFL more or less practices this every year, and this is no ingenious, revolutionizing tactic, deserving to be preached as colossaly as our GM has done so. Maybe, just maybe John has something entirely different in mind, something...much more.
Now, it seems that Idzik has used an excessive amount of resources, to bring in legitimate competition at areas that are already strengths, as opposed to filling more weaknesses where the said assets would be essentialy handed the job. He used a 3rd round pick on Dexter Mcdougle a 5'10 196 pound corner who projects to play the slot in the NFL, where we have Kyle Wilson who was rated by PFF as the best slot corner in the NFL. He spent an early 4th rounder on Jalen Saunders, a 5'9 165 pound WR who will most definitely be pigeon holed to the slot, where Jeremy Kerley has made his bread and butter. He went and brought in Chris Johnson when we already had Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell manning a more then competent unit. Heck, even Calvin Pryor may end up replacing Antonio Allen who was regarded as up and coming, and who basically won the Falcon's and Patriot's games for us.
Instead, John could have spent that 3rd and 4th on one of the many talented wideouts available who would not be forced into the slot, and/or 1 of the many talented CB's available who would not be forced into the slot. John could have spent 4-5 million on a decent WR like Tate, Jones, Boldin, Nicks, etc. or on a top notch guard like Geoff Scwartz, or on a decent safety like Cellen Clemens.
So why has our General Manager deigned to act in such a manner? Is the answer that he is simply an imbecile? Perhaps. There is honestly no solid evidence whatsoever that he did anything on the Seahawks other then take care of the financial side of the franchise. Has Woody made a complete Brainfart in appointing John as the leader of our organization? Or maybe, this is the "competition" that Idzik is talking about. Through the extra utilization of means to do so, the NY Jets are now stacked at their most talented positions. This will lead to their most talented players (players that normally wouldn't be competing for their jobs on another team) being forced to compete year in, and year out, realistically resulting in better play at the position.(be it from the incumbent starter,or from the surprising competitor) In addition, it has been noted that 6 team captains with great character traits were brought in from the draft. What better source for competition then players that give it their all?
It appears obvious from all this that Idzik prefers extremely strong play from some positions, as opposed to competent play from every position. The new draft picks, and signees will compete with already proven, good players, till the best emerges on top, thereby solidifying the position for years to come. While the other neglected positions, which required more attention in order to simply be adequate, will be wallowing in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. Idzik is shaping this team into a battle axe, when coached up by a man smart enough to run it correctly, it will be practically unstoppable, but the mediocre talent on a good number of roster spots will leave us with many vulnerabilities.