Well, it turns out that former Jets general manager John Idzik wasn’t just great at passing on quality players come draft time, but he’s also adept at passing the buck when looking back at his abhorrent drafts during his time with the Jets.
In sharing some of his thoughts on the current state of the Jets and how they got where they are, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York shared a bit of inside info on Idzik’s reflections on failure.
If at first you don’t succeed: Zack Martin‘s monster contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys this week served as the latest painful reminder for Jets fans on how their team botched the 2014 draft. Martin is one 13 players with multiple Pro Bowls from that talent-rich draft, one of the best in recent memory. With 12 selections, the Jets should’ve made a killing, but only one has become a productive player — wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (sixth round).
Privately, former general manager John Idzik, the mastermind of the debacle, has told people his picks weren’t properly developed. That’s what you call passing the buck.
So, according to Idzik, it’s not that Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Oday Aboushi, William Campbell, Tommy Bohannon, Calvin Pryor, Jace Amaro, Dexter McDougle, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans, Jeremiah George, Brandon Dixon, IK Enemkpali, Tajh Boyd and Trevor Reilly aren’t quality players. That wasn’t it at all. What hurt his legacy is that the teams who have worked with these players don’t know how to develop talent.
You know, teams like the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Jaguars and Chiefs, to name a few clubs who have at one point or another employed the Idizk All-Stars after their time with Gang Green.