I, as much as anyone, have been defending John Idzik for the Jets tank job this season.
The reasoning is Idzik has the Jets in position to spend all the money in the world this off-season in an attempt to quickly bring Gang Green back to contention.
That being said, there’s one move Idzik made that he absolutely could not miss on, and that was drafting Calvin Pryor, the Jets 2014 first-round pick out of Louisville.
Idzik brought this guy in to be an impact player from day one, and he’s been a flat-out bust. It got to the point yesterday where he was benched in favor of Jaiquawn Jarrett, who shined intercepting Ben Roethlisberger not once, but twice. In one game, Jarrett tripled the Jets interception total on the season from one to three, but Jarrett’s not the story.
The story is Pryor, who in Sunday’s game against the Steelers, did not play one defensive snap, and had just five on special teams. When Pryor was starting, he made count ’em zero impact plays. He does not have one interception, or big hit to his name. Reports are now surfacing that Pryor has been late to multiple team meetings. That is not good.
Woody Johnson has preached on “building through the draft”, but how can you do that when your GM consistently misses on top draft talent?
Other than Sheldon Richardson, Idzik has missed on Dee Milliner (the 9th pick of the 2014 draft) who can’t stay on the field, Geno Smith who may never play another game for the Jets, and now Pryor. Not to mention Idzik drafted 12 players this past May, and only five are still on the active roster.
The problems are clearly greater than Idzik, with Woody Johnson being MIA all season long, and Terry Bradway somehow still maintaining his role as the Jets Director of College Scouting, but if one thing’s for sure, it’s that something has to change, somewhere.