Jets fans will now witness the final phase of the coach’s fall from blustery braggart to humbled loser, and now to sacrifice at Idzik’s altar.
There’s no talk about shirtless jogs through the rain after practice, perhaps the defining moment of Tebow’s tenure with the Jets. There are also no secret plans for the wildcat offense, or when Tebow will supplant Mark Sanchez as the starter.
Darrelle Revis is long gone. So is Tim Tebow. And so are several other players from last year’s dismal Jets team. It’s time to start fresh at Camp Cortland.
Fortunately for Jets head coach Rex Ryan, his future at the helm of the team is not necessary tied to whether or not the Jets make the playoffs in 2013.
If you thought the boo-birds were merciless last season, when Sanchez’s 26 turnovers led the league, wait till he works with this group. On the other hand, why wait?
The Jets have a new general manager. Pretty soon they’ll have a new assistant GM, too.
Will the Jets consider a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib so high in the first round? Or with an eye on the future, might they consider Mike Glennon or Florida State’s EJ Manuel in the second round?
John Idzik acknowledged that he and Darrelle Revis recently had “a nice talk.” Other than that, the new New York Jets’ general manager divulged very little, particularly about the swirling trade rumors involving the star cornerback.
The New York Jets released veteran linebackers Bart Scott and Calvin Pace and three other players, clearing about $31 million in salary cap space.
“This is a guy who was successful in high school, won championships in college, and he’s the type of person who’s either going to be successful as a pro quarterback or die trying,” Tannenbaum said.
General manager John Idzik won’t release Tim Tebow before March, according to a report, and will instead attempt to trade him.
Exhibit A: Mark Sanchez’s contract, a major factor in the Jets’ salary cap predicament.
“I think the brand is promoted by winning,” Tannenbaum said. “…All (Johnson) cared about was winning. You guys have been to our facility, (and) it’s the best facility of any team in any sport in the country. And that’s really what he cares about.”
“It was my decision,” Tannenbaum said. “…We felt that it was going to be another club in the bag to help us on offense. That was our thinking when we made the decision.”
If Revis decides after next year that he wants another big payday, then the Jets will be left with no Revis and no compensation were he to depart via free agency.