Behind the scenes, there are dozens of employees of the New York Jets that you'll never hear about. These aren't the big names like John Idzik, but other men and women vitally important to helping the team succeed. Some of them secure sponsors, others sell season tickets, others are in charge of merchandising. Listing all of their names would be unwieldy and unhelpful, so I encourage you to take a look at their names and what they do for the organization. They're important parts of building the team and creating the football experience, so they deserve their day in the sun. Here are some names that I think are especially important for the average fan to know about:
|Woody Johnson||Chairman & CEO|
|John Idzik||General Manager|
|Brian Friedman||Chief Financial Officer|
|Robert Mastroddi||VP, Security & Facility Operations|
|Rod Graves||Senior Director, Football Administration|
|Brendan Prophett||Director, Pro Personnel|
|Matt Bazirgan||Personnel Scout|
|Terry Bradway||Senior Director, College Scouting|
|Jeff Bauer||Director, College Scouting|
|David Boller||College Area Scout|
|Rick Courtright||College Area Scout|
|Aaron Glenn||College Area Scout|
|David Hinson||College Area Scout|
|Cole Hufnagel||College Area Scout|
|Jay Mandolesi||College Area Scout|
|Christopher Prescott||College Area Scout|
|Dan Zbojovsky||Coordinator, College Scouting|
|Dr. Kenneth Montgomery||Head Team Physician|
|John Mellody||Head Athletic Trainer|
|Dave Szott||Director, Player Development|
Some of these people you've likely heard of, including Johnson, Glat, Idzik, Graves, and Bradway. Others are probably new names to you. Friedman runs the financial operations of the organization... not in a salary cap football sense, but for the organization as a whole. Mastroddi is in charge of security, which means he's the guy running background checks on players and ensuring the team can take calculated risks on troubled players.
Of the remaining people, Prophett and Bauer probably have the most influence, despite being known to almost nobody outside the National Football League. Pro Personnel and College Scouting are obviously the two sources of player acquisition, so their importance can't be understated.
I encourage you to take a look at the Media Guide above and check out their credentials, along with the other unsung heroes of the team. They don't take the field on Sundays, but they're incredibly important to making sure the team even gets to the field.