I've gathered a few responses to the news that the New York Jets have hired John Idzik as General Manager. I'll be honest with you. There aren't many negative responses to Idzik, and I looked hard for them. The few that I found came either from a few local beat reporters (who mostly seemed perturbed at his business background than actually knowing him) and fans. I wasn't able to find any from any national or other reputable sources. He seems extremely well-regarded around the league, but if any of you can find quotes from people not a beat reporter or a fan criticizing the hire, please post it.
Jets to hire John Idzik as GM. I'm told rising star. Sharp. Driven.Just because someone is not on national radar.....— Colin Cowherd (@ESPN_Colin) January 18, 2013
Idzik very popular around the league. Hearing a lot of praise for him. I keep hearing how smart he is.— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) January 19, 2013
Someone who knows new #NYJ general manager John Idzik just told me: "He builds things. This is a great day for the Jets."— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) January 19, 2013
Someone who knows new Jets GM John Idzik just told me he's "ultimate straight shooter." Said his football acumen is vastly underrated. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) January 19, 2013
One interesting thing is how much agents seem to love Idzik. I've seen half a dozen on Twitter praise the hire. They say he respects players, and he treats agents well. This, apparently, is not the norm. It's also interesting because of how frugal the Seattle Seahawks have been under Idzik... it's not like they're handing out massive contracts left and right.
@nynjsports @steiny31 great relationship with agents as well. That will be a pretty big plus as well— Greg Linton (@agentlinton) January 18, 2013
RT @agentlinton: @steiny31 Idzik is very fair. And most importantly. He returns calls, emails, engages in conversations.— Jake Steinberg (@Steiny31) January 18, 2013
Been friendly with John Idzik for many years. He's a no nonsense old school football man. Hell bring immediate & immense change to @nyjets— David Canter (@davidcanter) January 18, 2013