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Idzik's front-office overhaul continues
The Jets front office shakeup continues.
First-time general manager John Idzik has decided not to renew the contracts of assistant GM Scott Cohen and senior contract negotiator Ari Nissim, according to multiple reports.
Idzik -- whose mantra on the practice field has steadily been "competition" -- has wasted no time overhauling his scouting and personnel departments in his brief tenure with the Jets. Earlier this month, a source told Newsday he decided not to renew the contracts of longtime scouts Michael Davis and Joe Bommarito. Less than a week later, assistant player personnel JoJo Wooden left to join San Diego as their director of player personnel. Kevin Kelly, a former Midwest area scout for the Jets, also bolted for the Chargers to become their new director of college scouting.
Last month, Idzik was asked about his experience and what he learned during his first draft as an NFL GM.
"I learned a lot about the people in this building," he said. "I learned a lot about Rex (Ryan) and his staff and Terry (Bradway), and Jeff (Bauer) and our staffs in pro and college. I don’t know how (but), we all worked together. ...It was very level-headed. We felt like we discussed a lot of the issues. When it came time to turn the card in, we were all very confident in it that we had vetted it out thoroughly and everyone in the room was on board. It was a real good feeling."
The imminent departures of Cohen and Nissim are the biggest moves Idzik has made thus far. Cohen, who interviewed for the Jets' GM vacany after Mike Tannenbaum was fired, handled the day-to-day football operations along with Bradway during the Korn/Ferry search that ultimately led to Idzik taking over.
Nissim, Tannenbaum's right-hand man and capologist, handled most of the contract work as director of football administration.
During a charity event Tuesday in Manhattan, Idzik was asked if he's had a chance to catch his breath since his January hiring. "Not there yet," he said with a smile. "We have offseason program, the OTA coming up, the mandatory minicamp. I think after you get through mandatory minicamp, then you can kinda look back and say, 'What just happened?'
"I've been here, I guess a little over four months and it just seems like one continuum. It's been good. It's been busy, but a good busy."
But, to no surprise, Idzik has begun to clean house of holdovers from The Tannenbaum Era.