New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson & General Manager John Idzik, 1.24

 Opening Statement…

WOODY JOHNSON: This is a very important day for the New York Jets. We’ve just finished an exhaustive process. Maybe exhaustive is not the right word, but we finished the process where we interviewed a number of very qualified people to assume the job of general manager of the New York Jets. (With) that process, we wanted to be very thorough and careful because of the importance of this decision, so we hired Korn/Ferry. They led it and I think Jed Hughes was very helpful in establishing a process that really gave everyone a fair look and set out the criteria that we were looking for. We went through the process and after interviewing John Idzik, it became apparent to us that he was head and shoulders the best fit for the New York Jets. It’s not only his demeanor and the way he speaks, it’s also his experience. He’s a second-generation football guy. His father was here as an offensive coordinator in the 1970s, a successful one. His 20 years in every facet of the football business, from personnel to the (salary) cap to the weight room, he’s done it all. He’s been around some great coaches and great people and general managers. I think if you go back to Tampa, the Arizona Cardinals or anyone at the Seahawks, they will confirm the kind of person John is and that fact that he is the right person to do this job for the New York Jets in 2013. I think (he) will add so much to what we’re collectively trying to do, and that’s put a championship football team on the field. I think he’ll do a great job. I know I am very excited and I think the fans, as they get to know John, will be excited as well. With that, I would like to introduce the new general manager for the New York Jets, John Idzik. 

JOHN IDZIK: Thank you. Welcome, I appreciate your attendance and I appreciate your patience. (I’ve) been across the country a little bit, took a little detour to Mobile, Alabama and finally landed here in my new home in Florham Park. I’m happy to be here. It’s a very special day for me, my family and the New York Jets. I owe all of that to Woody Johnson. I’m very appreciative of the time we’ve spent together. We’ve had several talks over the last couple of weeks and you’ve made me feel right at home. I’m also very appreciative of Neil Glat, Ira Akselrad (and) Rex Ryan. Again, we’ve had several in-depth conversations and every step of the way I gravitated more towards the New York Jets, I felt like a member of the New York Jets. I’m very appreciative of that. The last three days I took a little hiatus down to Mobile and spent a little time with our personnel staff down there, Terry Bradway, Scott Cohen and company, and our pro and college guys and it was a great introduction. It’s challenging enough to go through the Senior Bowl dual day practices, so for them to make time in a very jam-packed schedule to let us get to know each other was very valuable to me, so we can hit the ground running when they come back. Once you start looking at players and start talking about players in that environment, it’s like riding a bike. We felt very comfortable together. It hasn’t taken me long to feel like a New York Jet. I’m certainly happy to be here. I share this day with four new Jets that have a temporary layover out in Seattle. My wife of 27 years, Carol - living in a football family, I’ve grown up in a football family as Woody said, it’s very rewarding and very unique and it has it’s challenges on family members. We spend a lot of time away from home. For me, to have the peace of mind that Carol has taken care of everything at home with our children and raised them to be fine individuals that we’re very proud of, means everything. She has responsibilities far greater than I will ever have and I’m very grateful for her. Our three kids, Bryant, your sense of adventure, your creativity, Bradley, your dedication, work ethic and desire on and off your fields and Holly, your compassion and quick wit, they all inspire me. We’re very proud and I welcome you to the Jets. As Woody mentioned, my dad was here. It took me a little time, but I made it back. I’m very happy to be back. Just like Carol, my mom was the bedrock for our football family growing up for my two sisters, Cindy and Joy. She has provided stability along the way. When my dad was away for long stretches of time, I was the lucky one out of the three because I got to spend a lot of time with my father going to camps and on the sidelines. I was in Hempstead and Shea (Stadium) as a skinny high school receiver. I treasure those times. Not only for observing my dad in different environments and how he worked, but more importantly he taught me life lessons that extend well beyond football. I think you get a sense from me that family, cohesion and teamwork are at my core. They’re at the core of the New York Jets. That’s been my experience in the league, too. Whenever you can build a cohesive unit, it’s trustworthy and they’re dedicated to a common cause, to each other and you can fight through difficult times and support each other and, more importantly, you know how to handle success. You know how to handle success over an extended period. The most recent example of that was in Seattle. We had a tremendous building led by Paul Allen, Peter McLoughlin, Pete Carroll and John Schneider. John is a special guy to me. We’ve known each other since I’ve been in the league for 20 years, first as divisional foes. We joke about that a little bit, but I really treasure our last three years getting to work alongside each other. There is a building there that is special and they are all in and I feel that here in New York. We’re going to be all in and work together and that’s how we’re going to develop a sustainable winner. It’s something that our fans and our community are going to be proud of. I would like to digress for just one second and say that it’s a special day for my mom and dad. I would like to wish them a happy 60th anniversary. Beyond Seattle, I had the good fortune to work alongside many people that had a profound influence on me both professionally and personally. Just to mention a few, Tony Dungy, Tod Leiweke, Rod Graves, all of these folks, I count as lifelong friends. We’ve been through a few battles together. We’ve built things together. It’s been very rewarding. In Tampa, Rich McKay, Jerry Angelo, Tim Ruskell, Ruston Webster, we went on quite a journey in Tampa. We saw it from the bottom to the top. It was very special. To me, all of those experiences have solidified the power of “we”, the power of “we” over “me”. That’s something that is going to be very strong here in New York. As it goes there, it goes here in New York too. It will be based on a collaborative effort. It will be inclusive, it will be well thought out and researched. It will be the power of “we”. Our immediate plans, I have criss-crossed the country and I don’t know what time or day it is, so Rex (Ryan), you are going to have to help me out that way. We’re going to continually develop, maintain and enhance a roster here that is grounded in competition. There will be a constant influx of competition. When you’re in football, you relish competition. It gets everybody better. By that, I mean we’ll explore every measure to bring in talent and continue to compete. The draft will be very important to us. That will be a lifeline for us, year-in and year-out. We will use free agency. Again we will be very thoughtful, do our research and be judicious in free agency. We will use trades. We will use waiver claims. We’ll work our practice roster. We’ll have numerous tryouts throughout the year in search for guys that “Play like a Jet.” That will be a constant hum in the background of what we do. The most immediate business item that we have to address is a thorough and comprehensive review of our current roster. I come from the outside as an opponent. Rex, you’ve lived with these players. Our pro and college department, they’ve lived with these players. They know them not only as players on game day, but they know how they eat, sleep, practice, they prepare. They know their families, so I want to get to know them in depth. We’re going to do a thorough review of our roster. From there, we will be able to develop short-term plans going into free agency. We’ll be able to develop our plans as far as the salary cap is concerned going into the 2013 league year. Of course, there will be countless hours spent in preparation for the 2013 draft. That’s it in a nutshell and I’m happy to be here. I’m elated and it’s a special day for me. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each one of you over the years. I’m proud to be a Jet.

On his level confidence in making the final personnel decisions…

When making the final personnel decisions, when I say a collaborative effort, that’s genuine. I think my role as a general manager is to provide some direction and develop a consensus in the building, so that when we make decisions, they’re Jet decisions. I may be that person that hands in the card, but what’s on that card is a Jet decision. That’s going to be genuine here in New York. As far as my background, I’ve been around NFL players since I was “young,” since I was six years old, in various capacities. As I started my professional career, I’ve had a myriad of different perspectives. So I think that’s something that I can lend to the New York Jets, various perspectives, and that’s inclusive of personnel. It’s inclusive of management, administration (and) operations. It’s inclusive of, obviously, contract and (salary) cap, so I think that will be a help for the New York Jets.

On there will be any initial changes in the personnel staff…

No, I can say that in my initial days I’ve realized this, I’ve only been on the job for three days, this is my fourth, (and) three of them have been out of state, I’ve been very impressed with my initial impressions. I had the opportunity to spend some time with (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan) down in Mobile, (AL). I had a chance to talk with and meet with all of our personnel staff down there: Scott (Cohen), (Senior Personnel Executive) Terry (Bradway), (Assistant Director, Player Personnel) JoJo (Wooden), (Director, College Scouting) Jeff (Bauer), (Assistant Director, College Scouting) Mike (Davis), (Director, Football Administration) Ari (Nissim), all those people. My initial expressions are we have a really strong group here and I look forward to working with them in these days and nights to come.

On Coach Ryan…

I look at Rex Ryan as a very accomplished coach. He’s very energetic. He’s optimistic. He’s engaging as we all know. He engages our players and he gets them to play hard. I can speak to that from the opponents’ side. I look forward to our time together. I really do. I’m excited about it, so that, to me, was a plus.

On if being the son of a former NFL coach gives him more credibility around the league…

I think your credibility really comes from within. I think, a lot of people, there (are) perceptions, or should I say misperceptions out there, and you are who you are. The people in the building are going to feel who you are. It’s more that than where your roots are from family-wise. That said, yes, I had a tremendous advantage. As I said, before grade school I was going to NFL training camps. I may be a little bit biased here, but my dad was a heck of a coach. To be able to sit in camps with him, sit alongside with him in the coach’s booth (and) grow up around that, (was) a tremendous advantage for me. But I think ultimately it’s how you handle yourself in your job (and) how you relate to your people in the building. That’s your credibility.

On how he plans to handle the current salary cap…

Every year, as you enter into a new league year, you’re always going to, much like you do in free agency with your own players, the draft, you’re going to develop a plan for the salary cap. We’re going to develop a plan in the days to come. I never saw the cap situation here as a hindrance or anything like that. It’s something that you research, you work through (and) you evaluate, just like we evaluate our roster. We make the moves we think are best for the Jets. I’m fully confident we’ll be able to do that and we’ll have a fruitful offseason.

On the thoroughness of the interview process…

I think the interview process was very thorough. I commend Woody (Johnson) and his team. Really, there’s a lot of pressure in the NFL to answer the question who, and when? The sense I got was we’re going to take a step back, we’re going to do this thing right and we’re going to talk to as many people as we have to. The same held through with our conversations. We had very open, candid (and) informative conversations. Through that, the more we talked, the better I felt, the more I felt that if I was given this opportunity, I would be happy to be a New York Jet.

On the challenge of getting back to the playoffs…

Every year is a challenge. Whether you’re in the playoffs or not, and we’ve experienced it here in New York. You can go as far as the conference championship game (or) you can go to the Super Bowl. We did it in Tampa (Bay). We went to the Super Bowl one year and the next year we weren’t as fortunate. So every year is a challenge and you really wipe the slate clean and see what you have as a base going in, and you build off that and try to improve daily. In that vein, it’s not different than years that will go by when we are a perennial playoff team. We’ll look at it the same way. How can we improve? It’s a challenge, yes, but it’s a challenge that we’re all up to.

On Mark Sanchez’s role going forward…

Obviously with Pete Carroll, we have a little bit of background there on (Sanchez) coming out of school. I can’t comment really. I’m literally hours into the building. Rex had to show me my office (laughter), so I don’t want to drill down too deep. That, we’re going to save for our evaluation process in the days and weeks to come, but in looking at Mark, even evaluating him as a draft prospect, he’s an athletic guy (and) he was accomplished at USC (Southern California). He’s done some nice things here, but I think we just need to take our time and evaluate Mark with everybody else on the roster and see how we can move forward and improve.

On if anything gave him pause about accepting the general manager job…

Really, nothing. I think as soon as I got to know the people better, you just get a sense. You get a sense they’re talking the same language as you (and) they have the same makeup. Again, when we talked about teamwork, togetherness, cohesiveness, there’s going to be integration within the building (and) we’re going to make collective decisions. When we talked those through, they made me feel very comfortable. We’re all in this together. I’m glad, I’m going to be grateful, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.

On the perception of that no one wanted the Jets general manager job…

Everyone is going to have their opinions and I don’t deal with much in perception to be honest. I deal with reality. The reality here is I think this is one of the most fabulous football infrastructures anyone can ask for. For one, we have some of the most fervent, passionate fans in the National Football League. I’ve experienced what an advantage that can be in Seattle, Tampa (Bay) and Arizona. I feel that here. We have a state-of-the-art stadium to play in. We have a state-of-the-art facility. The people in this building are tremendous. That’s reality to me. The more I got to know about the people here, the fans here, the environment here, the facilities, I think the football infrastructure is second to none. My personal opinion is, (it is) one of the best opportunities that you could have.

On whether he sees the Jets as a “win now” opportunity…

I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it). Like I said, every year is different. I don’t know that you can put a timetable (on it, but) I can assure you of this, Rex, myself (and) everyone in the building, every single day we’re going to look to improve. We’re going to see improvement and we’ll work as hard as we can to do that. I don’t know that you can put a discrete timetable on it. We’re going to have a competitive team. That’s going to be the center of everything we do, competition, and that’s going to make us better. It’s going to make us a force in the league.

On whether he would be open to the possibility of trading Darrelle Revis…

I think it’s way premature to say anything specific. Again, I haven’t even had the chance to sit down and thoroughly vet through our roster with Rex, his staff (and) with our personnel staff. I think it would be presumptuous to say anything like that.

On the level of priority associated with addressing Revis…

Not that one specifically, but I’d say very important. One of our first steps is to go through our roster in detail. That includes (Darrelle), that includes everybody on the roster. Then develop a comprehensive plan off of that. But it’s still a little bit premature to say.

On reports that he asked the Seahawks to go on more scouting trips the last two years and how comfortable he is handling personnel…

Yes, I’m completely comfortable in that area. To address the first question, whatever I do in football, I do for our team. I don’t do it for personal gain or anything like that. I have a very broad background and a very extensive background in personnel and evaluation, so if my team needs me to go out on the road, I’ll go out on the road. If my team needs me to stay in house and do more pro, I’ll do that. If my team needs me to do cap management, that’s been kind of my general take over the years. Nothing is prefab or anything like that. Again, it’s in the vein of chipping in in a collective effort and what you can lend. I think I can lend a lot in various aspects of football operations.

On describing the draft as a “lifeline” and if he’d trade a prominent player for multiple picks…

First off all, when I say lifeline, no matter if we have all of our picks as we do this year, if we don’t have our full complement of picks, or we attain additional picks via trades, we’re going to place an emphasis on the draft from rounds one through seven and the (undrafted) college free agents. We will be well versed in who we think is going to help our squad through the draft. Then on an individual basis, once we evaluate our roster, the baseline will always be our current roster. Everything we do will be compared to what we have in the building. That will always be the baseline. We will charter our course based on all these evaluations. Some of it will be draft-oriented. Some of it will be free agent-oriented. Some of it will be trade-oriented. It’s a little bit premature to get specific about it, but I just think that to us, every draft choice that we turn in is going to be precious to us.

On his general philosophy for building a winning team…

Hopefully you got a sense of it from my comments before. It has to start from the people in the building, the players, coaches, scouts, football operations (and) business operations. We will develop a Jet profile and you develop that profile that they “Play like a Jet.” That’s first and foremost. And of course you start to evaluate their football acumen and everything else pieces together. In terms of a more specific football philosophy, that’s for Rex and I to sit down and (talk about). We’ve already begun that, but we will continue to do that in the days to come, to be very discrete in what we want to do to win games and mesh that up to the types of players that we want to bring in.

On this being a new beginning…

Of course, it’s a new beginning for me because this is my first day in Florham Park, but beyond that you can always look at it like every day is a new beginning, every month is a new beginning, every season that we go through, be it (the) offseason, draft, post-draft, mini-camp, training camp, we have new beginnings throughout the entire year. Yes, I look at this year as a burst of energy. It certainly is for me. I’m excited about it and from what I’ve heard, Rex is to. I’m very enthused about it.

On if there is a playoff mandate for the coaches…

No, I think what you do is you push the envelope, as far as competition, and you make sure you’re doing the best you can to improve every day. The byproduct of that is sustainable success. A byproduct of that is winning football games, going into the post season and eventually bringing championships back to New York.

On if he was aware of the negative perception and believes that he has to repair the organization…

No, I don’t think I ever got the perception. Again, there seems to be a lot of misperceptions. I had a brief breakfast with the entire building. The entire building showed up to shake my hand. That’s pretty impressive that people go out of their way to introduce themselves to me and make me feel at home. When I sense that, I don’t look at it as repair. I look at it as fostering what we have here. We have a good group of people here. They’re good at what they do and it’s up to me and everybody here to join together. That’s the sense I get. I don’t sense dysfunction or anything like that.

On his strength in player evaluations…

I know this is probably one of the most resourceful groups of journalists in the world, so if you want to answer perceptions, I would ask you just to go back to the numerous people that I’ve worked alongside in my NFL career. They can own up to that. As far as evaluations, football is at the root of who I am. I’ve been a football guy, so to speak. I don’t know exactly what that means, but (I’ve been in football) since I was a six-year-old. Once I got into the league, I got into the league purely as a scout. That’s always been in the background of what I do. Again, if there are any perceptions or any questions, there are plenty of resources out there to ask the people that I’ve worked with.

New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson, 1.24

On trading Darrelle Revis…

I’m going to go right back to (what John Idzik said). I think he had the answer, the same answer that I would have. First of all, we don’t discuss contracts, but second of all, you have to give John (Idzik) a chance to really do what he talked about. He has to go through, evaluate what he has and how that plays into what he and Rex (Coach Ryan) talked about in terms of the strategy for the future.

On the report that he would be open to trading Revis…

I don’t know where that came from. But I have never, for the 10 years that I’ve been talking to you guys, I’ve never said anything about comments about contracts or anything like that.

On whether he would like to sign Revis long term…

I think that’s something that once again, I think we’re going to have to wait. Darrelle’s a great player, he’s very well known in the league and rightfully so. But I think we’re going to go through, just as John said in his press conference, we’re going to carefully go through the roster and evaluate it and look at it strategically as we move forward.

On if it’s fair to say they will explore all avenues pertaining to Revis’s future…

I think I’d just go back to what I just said. John, this is his first day in the building, he’s going to be in charge of making those decisions. Until he has a chance to go through and really evaluate, we’re not going to make any statements or comments.

On if the report on Revis is untrue…

I don’t know where it came from. I would never say anything about a contract or a trade or anything like that. That’s not what I normally do.

On his frustration level regarding sources from within the confines of the building…

First of all, I’m not frustrated. I’m a very optimistic person, so I’m not really frustrated. I just want what’s the best for the team and helping build the team going forward. And things that contribute to, like John was talking about, contribute to the “we” in the building, are what we’re looking for. And if we don’t have a lot of “I’s” in this building or “me’s” that’s simple and straightforward. But that’s really the heart of it.  How you do that and how you get that culture going was really important to me and it was an important factor in who I selected (as) general manager, somebody that understood that.

On what led him from interviewing general manager candidates with a personnel background to candidates with more of a contract and cap management background…

I know that question’s been asked a lot, but that’s actually not the case. I think that if you go back and you look at what John said, I think he does have the requisite, executive experience and football experience to make the important decisions on personnel or on any of the other myriads of questions and decisions he’s going to have to make. The interview process, you have to get permission, so a lot of it, the order and so on was determined by when we got the permissions rather than our ranking. We never did that. We had candidates that we thought could do the job. That’s why we brought them in and we just did it that way.

On if he expects the team to contend in 2013 or if he will allow Idzik time to rebuild the roster…

I think you build, as John said, the team is different every year. You can come off of a Super Bowl year and not make the playoffs the next year and vice versa. So I think you have to be, if everybody in the building is pulling toward putting a quality team on the field, a competitive team on the field. I think John was right on when he was talking about that. That’s the best way to do better. There’s no timeline saying that because I do these three things I’m going to be a championship team. I think you have to look, you have to have a really good vision of where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. Then, you use those resources, like the draft, free agency, college free agents, etc. And you have to be smart and lucky because you’re evaluating talent, but you don’t (know), they haven’t played in the NFL yet so everything is a projection somewhat.

On whether Idzik will have final say on the head coach after the 2013 season…

Well, that’s a collaborative decision between John and I. John will certainly have something to say. We’re going to be a collaborative. We are collaborative, but we will be even more collaborative as we go forward.

On why he believes Idzik will direct the Jets toward the “we” culture…

Based on interviews, we did an extensive (interview process), we talked to all those guys that he worked for. The organizations that have been successful that he’s worked for, and each one of them had been successful, they talked about that. So that’s just a part of who he is, his DNA.

On if he’s seen the “me” and “I” culture in the organization…

It’s not that we saw it a lot but I think part of the challenge of building a great organization is having a great culture. I think the culture comes from talking about what you believe in each and every day. You really have to talk about it and I think we have to do more of that and we are going to do more of it.

On if he feels the Tim Tebow trade was forced on him…

No. No, that was, when we make decisions and decisions are made, we’re all in. It’s a Jets decision. We don’t go back and say, ‘Well, this guy or this guy had more influence or less influence.’ We go by what we did and then it’s our decision.

On if there was something in the previous administration that didn’t sit well with him…

No, not really. I just think you always have to work for collaboration and make it part of your culture. You have to know what you believe in, the process you believe in, you have to reinforce that. That’s really all I meant by that.

On if Coach Ryan will have more say in decisions…

No. I think just collaboration means, when you’re making a player choice, I think you make sure you have a wide array of opinions that you’re looking at.

On if he would like to see more emphasis on the draft…

I think he emphasized the draft. That’s the way you build your team long term. The draft is a very important part of it.

On if it does not appear that there will be many front office changes…

I think John sounded like he’s been here how many hours? He’s talked to a lot of the guys that work in scouting pro (and) college. Terry (Bradway), who’s going to do our draft, so from what he said, from what he told me, he was confident, comfortable with him.

On whether the front office staff could change after the draft…

You evaluate every year. Of course things can change, but he sounded like he was pretty comfortable so far.

On if Revis’s injury complicates any financial commitment the team is willing to make to him…

I saw Darrelle the other day and if you looked at Darrelle, I think he’s going to come back and be 100 percent. I don’t think there’s any question.

On if he needs to see Revis on the field in a regular season game to know if he will be 100 percent…

That’s really up to our evaluators. But yeah, I’m confident he’ll be good. This is an injury you can come back from today that maybe 20 years ago you couldn’t, but now you can.

On if he will definitively say Revis will be a Jet in 2013…

You can’t say anything definitive about anybody really, until we make sure we go through our roster and do what John talked about. We have to evaluate it and look at it both now, medium and long return.

On when it became apparent that Idzik was his choice…

I’m not going to tell you exactly when, but he really did stand head and shoulders above. Not saying we didn’t have great candidates, we did. But in terms of this organization and what we were looking for, John was exceptional.

New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, 1.24

On his initial impressions of John Idzik…

It was outstanding. I think having three days in Mobile, (Alabama), with John, was great. You realize how similar our backgrounds are (and) even with his dad being a former Jet, my dad being a former Jet. As John mentioned, being six years old and going to the practices and all those types of things and being around football his whole life, very similar to mine. But really, it was great. The fact, in Mobile, the way it was set up - I thought Phil Savage by the way, did an outstanding job leading the Senior Bowl- we actually had interviews with players we sat side by side, and (seeing) the way he would talk to the players, all those type of things. It was great for me to sit in there. After you listen to John and being around him, it’s exciting for me because you see the direction he wants this team to go to. Everything, as a coach, what you want to hear is this man’s goals are the exact same as my goals and Mr. Johnson’s. We want to build a championship-caliber team. John mentioned it several times about having a team that can be a perennial contender basically, perennial playoff team, that’s what you want. You want sustainable success and that’s really what John’s always talked about, the days that I was with him. That’s really what he’s looking to do and obviously, as a coach, that’s what certainly I’m looking to do.

On how working with Idzik will be different…

I’m not sure how different.

On whether it will be different working with Idzik and evaluating talent…

Well, I know it’s going to be a, as John mentioned, a collaborative effort I think. But he’s trying to involve really everybody, lean on everybody and I think that’s going to be great. Not just for me, but for a lot of people in this building. Obviously, he has the last say in this is who we take and all that and personnel decisions and probably many decisions. But I like the fact that he’s going to involve several people, including myself and our coaches as well, as scouts working together and building this team with those goals in mind.

On if it was a collaborative effort previously…

I guess to say well, how different it’s going to be? It’s probably a little too early to say that exactly but I just sense that he’s really going to take in the information, collect information, and then make the decision (based on) what’s best for this organization. Is it different? I’m sure it’s going to be a little different, I don’t think there’s any doubt it’ll be a little different.

On whether he foresees any possibility that Darrelle Revis may not be on the team in 2013…

Well, I’ll tell you what, on the way in today, I heard about all this and things and I just kind of laughed about it because I’m like, ‘It’s John’s first day.’ It’s his first day in the building and this is what comes up and things. But I will say this, I think he hit it right on the head, to say anything, he’s here, he’s not here, all that type of stuff, it is way to premature for that. Let’s give the man an opportunity to get with everybody and to go over our personnel. So again, you guys know how I feel about Darrelle and things. But again, as John mentioned, all decisions will be made in the best interest of our football team and trying to attain the goals that he talked about. The man hasn’t even been here (a day), he hasn’t opened up a tape yet, he hasn’t looked at any tape yet and things.

On if Idzik needs to watch tape on Revis…

Well, I think you have to look at your entire roster and things and certainly, we’re all looking forward to getting that process started.

On his opinion on trading Revis…

Again, I’m not going to get in to any of those specifics right now. I think let’s let the process run its course and I’m confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes) will be without question in the best interest of this football team with the goals that John had mentioned.

On if he was taken aback by hearing the report on Revis possibly being traded…

No, I just thought it was interesting that on the (day of Idzik’s) press conference, he waited all his life to get this opportunity and obviously deserved this opportunity. John’s really well thought of throughout this league and this is his day that he looked forward to and to put something out there like this when the man hasn’t even had a chance to evaluate a roster I thought was pretty interesting.

On if he’s worried about his long term future with the Jets due to having a new general manager…

I’m not. And the reason I say that, and I’ve said it before, I’m confident in myself but I’m confident in the direction that this football team’s taken. I think we have a lot of great people in this building, in this organization and I’m confident we can get things done. But as far as the long term deal, what I can affect is doing the best job I possibly can do and I’ve had success, maybe not to the extent that everybody looks at, like winning Super Bowls every single year. I haven’t had that success yet as a head coach but I have had some success throughout my career and the best thing I can do is focus on doing a tremendous job here and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll never forget when Mike Nolan took the defensive coordinator job over with the Ravens and I was passed over.  And Mike was the receiver coach at that time, even though he had an extensive background on defense, and I thought I was the right man for the job. And I sat there, and I told him, I said, ‘You know, it’s going to take me a day or two to get over this decision, that Brian (Bilick) made and Ozzie (Newsome) made, but I’m going to be the best coach you ever had.’ That’s how I approached it. And right now, I’m going to be the best coach that he’s seen and that’s the way I’m going to look at it and I’m excited about that because it energizes me. Some of the decisions that we’ve made on the coaching staff, I guess it wasn’t official that we hired Marty Mornhinweg, I think that’s just out now, I’m going to break that story to you guys that Marty Mornhinweg is our offensive coordinator. Dennis Thurman, which I held it and held it, but yes, we’ve decided to go with Dennis Thurman as the defensive coordinator. Tim McDonald will be our secondary coach. Brian Smith is being elevated to the assistant secondary position. We’ve hired David Lee as our quarterbacks coach. Obviously, and we’re still in the process of hiring a linebacker coach but that’s still going on. We have a couple guys, one guy scheduled Friday another one scheduled on Monday but that’s been something obviously each decision you make is important and that’s something that we’re looking at. But really, when you look at it, when I said that it’s kind of like hit the reset button, that I’m starting over, that’s how I look at it. The same kind of enthusiasm and energy and all that and I think a lot of that stems from, and not saying Mike (Tannenbaum) didn’t have it, but when John came in, it’s hard not to get excited when you listen to John talk about what he looks at as the future of the organization and things and the direction on how he’s going to build it, how he’s going to lean on the people here. I can’t wait to start really getting into the personnel part of it and everything else and working side by side with him.

On if having a family member in the NFL gives you an advantage…

That’s an interesting question. I think honestly at the end of the day, it’s going to be about you and what you’ve done. You’re going to have to stand on your own in what you’ve done and your own merits and things. I think it gives us a huge advantage. Part of that is that it’s different. The National Football League is a lot different than college football and anywhere else. I think the fact is that I know myself, I’m not intimidated by anything. I think part of that was that I grew up in NFL locker rooms from when I was this big. The same thing with John, I think it’s the same thing. For me, I hadn’t had experience as a head coach before and you think you’re ready. I’m a better head coach now, in my opinion, than when I first came in from those experiences. I think going into it, I was more prepared for it than others because I had been around this game all of my life. I’d been around Joe Namath when I was a young guy, some of the greats, (like) Walter Payton. I do think it’s a huge advantage.

On hiring Marty Mornhinweg…

It’s true and I think the ground and pound, as I’ve stated before, stuck with me forever. My goal was that I wanted that all weather offense, where you can win in any condition and be successful, but the ground and pound really fit our football team that first year. We might have been second in the history of the league in rushing attempts. We thought that was the best way to get it done. Now, when I look at it, and I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t want to be the guy that held us back but I thought it was important to get a guy with a proven track record as a quarterback developer, a proven track record statistically, a guy who has been there and done it, a proven track record of a play caller and we got all of those with Marty. I brought in several candidates, a lot of great coaches, but for us, I thought Marty was the guy that I thought was the best fit for us. I’m excited to see the quarterback and what happens here. You have Marty and David Lee, a guy who has an outstanding reputation. I recall Bill Parcells hired him in Miami before he hired the head coach. That’s what he thought of him. He has a background in Buffalo. He’s been around. He was a guy that is a frontrunner in the new style of offense as well as things you are seeing in the league with the pistol and those types of things, so I think that was a great hire. He’s a great fundamental coach. I can’t wait to get out there and see how our offense looks. Will it look different? Yes, it will.

On Mark Sanchez…

I just saw him in the hallway actually, but I said hello. I will see him. I know he is in town and I will talk to him. He has to be popping out of his skin. I think as any quarterback would. You have the combination of Marty Mornhinweg and David Lee as coaches. That’s a heck of a start. I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive. I think it’s new. He has to be excited about it. The fact that he’s reaching out to Jeff Garcia to get an idea about all of it tells you how much he wants to (get better). Will there be competition?  There’s going to be as John mentioned, competition at every spot. He obviously is excited about this. He’s probably just trying to get a head start.

On evaluating Darrelle Revis…

I’ll stand by anything that I’ve ever said about Darrelle when I said that you guys know how I feel about Darrelle Revis.

On if Revis will be a Jet this season…

I think you have to understand that our situation is that it’s John’s first day on the job. He’s the general manager. There’s going to be a process where we’re going through Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or whoever, we’re going through no matter the great players, maybe not as great players, everybody is going to be going through the same process. Anytime you’re a new general manager coming in, you obviously get everybody’s opinions and, at the end of the day, he will formulate his own opinions. That’s with everybody.

On how he feels about next season…

The gun has been taken away? I’m all for that. (joking) Again, as a coach, my job is to go out and we all are, with enthusiasm and everything else that hadn’t been matched. That’s how I’m going to approach it. My job ultimately is to win. That’s what we’ll plan on doing.

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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Jets offensive guard Wesley Johnson (76) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets won 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the Jets start their sales pitch to Kirk Cousins, he's going to want to know about more than just the size of their check. He's going to want to know, among other things, how they plan to protect him.

That's a project they can get started on right now.

The Jets should begin by re-signing center Wesley Johnson before the free-agent market opens on March 14, and solidify what was a young and better-than-you-think offensive line last season. Together with right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell, it would give the Jets a strong young corps on the line to build around. And with two solid veterans on the left side -- tackle Kelvin Beachum and guard James Carpenter -- it's a line that could actually be pretty good.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) (Jay LaPrete/AP)

In ESPN Insider Mel Kiper's eyes, "Broadway Baker" will find his way to the Jets in his latest mock draft. 

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has seen his draft stock significantly rise all season. After leading his Sooners team to the College Footbal Playoff with gutsy drives and precision passing all season long, Kiper thinks he is the starter -- and leader -- the Jets need under center. 

READ KIPER'S ANALYSIS BELOW

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The Jets hope to be in the mix to land highly touted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in order to provide stability at the QB position.

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The entire Jets offseason will be played out in the shadow of Kirk Cousins -- the biggest name on the free-agent market, and the franchise quarterback they so desperately need. And that's even true right now, as the NFL's 15-day "franchise tag" window opens on Tuesday.

The Jets aren't likely to use the tag, but the Washington Redskins are reportedly considering using it on Cousins.

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Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Sep 4, 2016; Austin, TX, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson (56) during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offensive line was a huge disappointment for the Jets in 2017, especially on the interior. In 2016, Wesley Johnson started eight games for the injured Nick Mangold, and the line didn't seem to suffer too badly. However, he struggled throughout the 2017 season after moving into the full-time starter role.

Guards Brian Winters and James Carpenter also failed to play as well as they had in 2016, although that may partly have been caused by Johnson struggling on their inside shoulder.   Injuries were also an issue here, with Winters in particular playing most of the season hurt, and eventually requiring surgery on an abdominal issue.

Dakota Dozier's performances in relief of Winters over the past few years have some people wondering if it was really wise to give Winters a big money extension, when Dozier doesn't appear to be much of a downgrade. However, he's out of contract now, so the Jets may need to replenish their depth.

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Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets exercised their options on two defensive starters on Tuesday, ensuring that defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Josh Martin will both be back for the 2018 season.

The Jets were facing a deadline of Tuesday on both players, but the decision likely wasn't difficult, especially with the team likely to have nearly $100 million in salary cap space to spend this offseason. McLendon is due a salary of $3.125 million this year and has a salary cap number of $4.25 million. Martin is due a salary of $1.8 million, with a cap number of $2.1 million.

The moves come one day after the Jets declined their 2018 option on tackle Ben Ijalana, making him an unrestricted free agent...

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(Kelvin Kuo)

It is no secret the Jets wants top free-agent QB Kirk Cousins on their roster next season, and it came out Monday that they are "willing to pay whatever it takes." But what if Cousins decides to sing elsewhere? What is the Jets' next move from there?

According to SI's Peter King, the Jets should be high on bringing back Josh McCown, and drafting Heisman Trophy Award winner Baker Mayfield ahead of next season. Though the jets are expected to have a pretty healthy cap situation, McCown could come back for cheap, and Mayfield will obviously be on a rookie contract. 

King doesn't deny that Cousins could certainly be a Jet, but this situation could also work with McCown mentoring Mayfield as he did Johnny Manziel back in 2014. 

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New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tackle Ben Ijalana blocks during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets made offensive tackle Ben Ijalana a free agent on Monday after they failed to exercise his player option.

New York did not exercise Ijalana's $500,000 option bonus that would have activated his $4.5 million base salary for the 2018 season. By doing so, the Jets will save a total of $4.6 million.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets know they need a quarterback, and in particular, free-agent QB Kirk Cousins. That is why the team is "willing to pay whatever it takes" to employ him next season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

New York has failed to find their franchise quarterback for years now, as fill-ins, so to speak, continue to come to town with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg failing to show they are the guy the Jets need. Josh McCowwas the latest of those rentals, and he had a career year before an injury unfortunately ended his season. 

This offseason, though, GM Mike Maccagnan has no excuse in Cimini's eyes. He currently has over $70 million in cap space, and could have more than that by the time they can grab Cousins. The Redskins can still franchise tag him, so they could use him in a trade, but that is unlikely. 

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In 2017, the Jets' running game struggles probably had more to do with the offensive line being overmatched than the performance of the backs.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. (David Kohl/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets reportedly turned down a Cincinnati Bengals trade proposal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to New York last season, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cincinnati, according to Cimini, called the Jets organization at the start of free agency and offered McCarron in a trade, however the Jets turned it down to focus on free agency. It is unclear what Cincinnati requested in the deal.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Jets started over last offseason and actually built themselves a nice core of talent. They have many young, inexpensive players they can build around this spring.

They certainly have the tools to build around them - perhaps as much as $100 million in cap room, the sixth overall pick in the draft, and some extra picks too. And that's good, because even though the Jets exceeded expectations last season, they were still 5-11, and have plenty of holes to fill.

Now, as they get ready to begin Phase 2 of their rebuilding project, here's a look at their biggest needs.

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Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: Cornerback is one position where the Jets obviously need to upgrade.

They opted not to pick up a corner from last year's deep draft class until they took two project players - Jeremy Clark and Derrick Jones - in the sixth round. The coaching staff claimed to like the upside of these players along with Juston Burris and Darryl Roberts as well as Rashard Robinson, who was added via trade at the deadline.

However, none of these players stepped up as hoped.

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"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield

The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone. 

Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight...

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New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have officially announced the hiring of Jeremy Bates as offensive coordinator/QB Coach, and announced the hirings of Rick Dennison as offensive line coac/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach.

"Jeremy is a talented coach who has a sound understanding of what it takes to build a successful offense," head coach Todd Bowles said in a press release. "Having spent last season with us, he offers continuity and has a good sense of what we need to do to improve. I look forward to him working together with our offensive coaches."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Todd Bowles decided to fire offensive coordinator John Morton, he always had quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates in mind as a replacement...

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The Jets have been a team whose defense has been built around their interior linemen for a long time, but Muhammad Wilkerson's anticipated departure could be an opportunity to reinvent themselves by finding a difference-maker who can create constant pressure off the edge.

The Jets haven't really had an elite edge rusher since John Abraham, who was traded before the 2006 draft. They've tried drafting one high (Vernon Gholston), converting an interior lineman into one (Quinton Coples), and bringing in an established veteran (Jason Taylor). But none of these have been successful. None of their low-cost free agents, reclamation projects, or later draft picks have stepped up either.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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The Jets are in position to be the kings of free agency, with potentially more salary cap room to spend than any team except for the Cleveland Browns. They are already projected to have about $75 million in salary cap space, and that's if they don't make another move.

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New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne breaks up a touchdown attempt to Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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When the free agency frenzy finally begins, the Jets figure to be at the center of the storm. And all eyes will be on how hard they go after the quarterback they so desperately need.

But they have a ton of salary cap space to spend in other areas, including maybe on the 24 players they have on their roster who are approaching free agency. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

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There are always plenty of receiver prospects who make an immediate impact as a rookie, even in the later rounds. However, the Jets haven't had much success in recent years despite selecting seven wideouts in the last four drafts.

While four of those seven are under contract for 2018 and a fifth -- restricted free agent Quincy Enunwa -- also figures to be back, the Jets got just 15 catches of production from that group in 2017.

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The Daily News Live crew discusses the impact Jimmy Garoppolo's new contract will have on the deal Kirk Cousins will want.

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Jimmy Garoppolo just became the NFL's highest paid player, even though he's only started seven NFL games and thrown 12 touchdown passes in four seasons. He reportedly agreed to a monster, five-year, $137.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers -- a record average of $27.5 million per season. That record will be very short-lived.

It's a simple fact of the NFL that the price of franchise quarterbacks only goes up, and in less than five weeks another one will be on the open market. And when Kirk Cousins officially becomes free on March 14 you can bet his deal will eclipse what Garoppolo just got...

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(Glenn Andrews)

In NFL.com's latest mock draft, Chad Reuter forecasted the first three rounds for all teams. With the Jets first selection at no. 6 overall, Reuter has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen.

The Jets take Allen over Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, who fell to the Cardinals at no. 15. USC QB Sam Darnold went no. 1 to the Browns and UCLA QB Josh Rosen went no. 2 to the Giants.

Allen threw for 3,202 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his sophomore season. However, his production dropped this season to 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also suffered a shoulder injury, and was forced to miss the final two regular-season games this year...

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Most of the draft discussions surrounding quarterback prospects have been focused on the consensus top five prospects: UCLA's Josh Rosen, USC's Sam Darnold, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson from Louisville.

However, depending how the offseason goes, the Jets might end up in a situation where they're not in the market for one of the top prospects.

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Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)
Nov 26, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Chiefs have released former Jet Darrelle Revis, the team announced. 

Revis, 32, would have been owed a $10 million contract guarantee if he was still on the roster on March 18. He was signed by Chiefs in November, playing five games, including two starts. 

After the Chiefs' season ended, Revis admitted he wasn't at his best.

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New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers responds to questions from media during OTA at Atlantic Health Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Kacy Rodgers never got a chance to play in the NFL before he turned to coaching. But now he might be able to give his son the shot that he never had.

The Jets will be signing Kacy Rodgers II, the son of their current defensive coordinator, according to his agent, David Canter. Rodgers II will join the Jets for their offseason program, at least, after two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

Rodgers II is a 6-2, 208-pound defensive back out of the University of Miami. In 2014 he was a tryout player at the Kansas City Chiefs rookie minicamp, but didn't stick. He then signed with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos and spent a year on their practice squad before joining the Roughriders...

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Former Jets C Nick Mangold was thinking about starting his political career, and running in his local GOP primary, according to Politico's Matt Friedman.

However, Mangold said Thursday that he will not be running.

Mangold would've been running to replace the retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who represents the 11th District of New Jersey. Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has spoken with Mangold, and he appears to be serious about running for the position.

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Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) rushes the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Jacksonville won 45-42. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

After saying he wouldn't join the Jets for $60 million, Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, a pending free agent, told TMZ exactly what it would take to secure his services.

"A hundred Ms," Bell said, referring to $100 million. "Hey, listen to me: I play running back, but they've got to respect me like I am, man." 

Bell, 25, responded to a fan's tweet last week asking what amount of money it would take for him to join the Jets.

 

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Another year has come and gone without the Jets winning the Super Bowl. Even the Philadelphia Eagles now have ended their forever Super Bowl drought. If you're counting, that's 49 straight Super Bowls that have been played without the Jets.

Can the 50th time be their charm?

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Two years ago, the Jets drafted Darron Lee with their first pick, hoping to shore up one of their inside linebacker positions for the foreseeable future. Over the course of his first two seasons, he's been up and down, but he has retained an every-down role.

Last year, he struggled initially, then played the best football of his career in the middle of the season, only to regress down the stretch. However, there are no indications that the Jets intend to move on from Lee.

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Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)
Jan 27, 2018; Mobile, AL, USA; North Squad quarterback Josh Allen of Wyoming (17) throw a pass during the second quarter of the 2018 Senior Bowl against the South Squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports (Glenn Andrews)

In his latest mock draft, Todd McShay changed his pick for the Jets, and has them taking Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick. 

McShay originally had New York taking LSU DE Arden Key. However, he had a change of heart as the Jets desperately need to find their franchise quarterback. But he warns not to forget about free agency, where GM Mike Maccagnan will have about $100 million to go after high-profile QB Kirk Cousins.

"Yes, it's a running theme -- this is another landing spot for Cousins," McShay writes. "If the Jets don't sign him in free agency, Allen makes a lot of sense if Mayfield is off the board. There is a significant drop-off in talent after the first four QBs in this draft, so the Jets need to make sure they grab one here. Allen had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing off his arm and his mobility. There are still concerns about his accuracy and ability to make multidimensional throws consistently, but all the tools are there. And he has the prototypical QB build (6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds)."

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be absolutely crazy to get rid of Nick Foles now after he slayed the mighty Patriots, and was rightfully named the Super Bowl MVP. Yes, they have Carson Wentz, a legitimate MVP candidate, before he got hurt. And yes, Foles will likely be Wentz's backup again next season.

But didn't Foles just prove to everyone how valuable a backup quarterback on a contender really is?

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(Jerome Miron)

In last year's draft, the Jets used their first two picks on safeties, and Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye started every game alongside one another in the secondary. Those starting roles seem settled for the next few years, but the Jets like to operate out of packages with three and even four safeties, so Todd Bowles may be keen to add some depth.

Last year, Rontez Miles and Terrance Brooks each saw regular playing time, often playing together as the Jets used a four-safety dime package in passing situations. Also, Doug Middleton, who missed the season due to injury, was expected to contribute. All three are now out of contract though, so the Jets may look to fortify their depth in the draft.

While it seems unlikely the Jets would select another safety with their top pick, Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick is a possible consideration due to his versatility. Could Fitzpatrick be like Jalen Ramsey -- a hybrid cornerback/safety who has developed into one of the league's better cornerbacks?

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