- Boise business entices customers to come break stuff — ‘recreational destruction’
- Fired Yahoo exec’s $60 million golden parachute may be a record
- Arkansas gynecologist snapped nude photos of patients, police say
- Anthony Weiner on his current sexting habits: ‘None of your business’
- Producers eye Capitol Hill for latest reality TV hit
- No selfie awareness: Obama, Biden mug for Instagram as Ukraine implodes
- Putin to Snowden: We don’t collect droves of data on everyone like the U.S.
- Clemson football’s new opponent: Atheists upset with player prayer, Bible study
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election launch party will be ‘history in the making,’ brother says
- Louisiana group hits back at Sen. Mary Landrieu campaign ad with ‘Actress Mary’ spot
Seahawks in Super Bowl ‘special’ for Jets’ Idzik
NEW YORK (AP) - John Idzik will see quite a few familiar faces on Super Bowl Sunday.
The New York Jets‘ general manager spent six years in the Seattle Seahawks’ front office, helping build owner Paul Allen’s team into a championship-caliber club.
“No doubt, it makes it special,” said Idzik, who’ll be at MetLife Stadium for the game Sunday. “The entire organization from Mr. Allen on down, the front office, the coaching staff and of course the players, when you’ve spent so much time with them and you’ve kind of grown with them you build very close relationships and you really wish them well.
“So, yeah, it is special that way.”
Idzik, speaking Saturday at a midtown restaurant renamed “Jets House” for the week, was hired by New York in January 2013 to replace Mike Tannenbaum as the team’s GM. The Jets went 8-8 and missed the playoffs in his first season, but he and owner Woody Johnson chose to not only retain Rex Ryan but give him a contract extension.
Idzik, who like Ryan hasn’t committed to Geno Smith as the team’s starting quarterback for next season, isn’t concerned about some off-field incidents Smith has had this offseason. He has spoken with Smith, whose troubles include recently having a disagreement with a flight attendant at Los Angeles International airport, for which Virgin America airline later apologized.
“We’ve addressed them, he’s addressed them, so no real concerns that way,” Idzik said. “It’s just how to deal with your celebrity and the visibility that goes along with the position.”
“We’ve talked a lot about when you’re in the NFL, you’re a quarterback in the NFL, when you’re a quarterback for an NFL franchise in a big market such as New York, all eyes are on you, 24-7,” he said. “I think Geno has experienced this firsthand. So, obviously, I’ve kept in close contact with him and I think this is all part of learning how to deal with those things.”
“No, I don’t think we view any free passes,” Idzik said. “We hold our players to a high standard, and that’s on the field and off the field, so that’s part of acting like a Jet. So, it’s not only playing like a Jet, but acting like a Jet and everybody understands that.”
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- Removal of military gear limits options for U.S., NATO in Ukraine
- Joe Biden's first Instagram pic mocked as shill for sunglass ad
- BOLTON: A 'three-state solution' for Middle East peace
- Rand and Ron Paul ride to the rescue for Bundy in Nevada standoff with feds
- IRS emails reveal discussion with Justice about suing nonprofits for election activities
- CURL: The state of the Union worse than you thought
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- Cliven Bundy's Nevada ranch wrecked by retreating feds
- CNN op-ed claims right-wingers 'more deadly than jihadists'
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.