Tony Dungy, the two-time Super Bowl Champion head coach, gave Gang Green's GM John Idzik's methodical approach some much needed support in an interview that he had earlier in the week.
"John is approaching it very much like we did in Tampa," noted Dungy. "You're not using free agency to build your team," said Dungy, "you're using it to fill in."
If fans can recall, Dungy and Idzik spent five years together with the Bucs, ranging from 1996-2001. During that span, the two paired up to bring Tampa Bay to the playoffs four times and the confidence that Dungy has in Idzik will go a long way for Jets fans.
Idzik managed to weave through the mess of the free agency mayhem and was able to sign two main components in this year's frenzy. The Jets' GM was able to snag former Denver Bronco wideout Eric Decker, arguably the best receiver in free agency this offseason, and signed him to a long-term contract. Also, with the departure of Austin Howard to the Oakland Raiders, Idzik brought in former Seattle Seahawk Breno Giacomini to fill in Howard's shoes. Idzik was also able to retain seven players as well this offseason, including guard Willie Colon and kicker Nick Folk, keeping a core group of players within the locker room.
Despite the heavy fire Idzik has received for not going after and signing top players, such as Aqib Talib and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, Dungy approves of Idzik's conservative approach to free agency and his urgency to keep players from leaving New York.
"You want to be able to keep the guys you have and that is kind of the long range plan," noted Dungy. "I can kind of see what is unfolding for the Jets."
With the speculation that the Green and White may be targeting DeSean Jackson from the Philadelphia Eagles via trade, Dungy has to believe that this may not transpire due to Idzik's strong belief in creating a locker room sound for all players and to keep the team's chemistry running high.
"He's going to help you score points, but is he going to be that added ingredient that's going to add to the locker room?" Dungy questioned. "I know that's what John Idzik's all about and looking for right now — that chemistry that is going to make them not just a talented team, but a winning team and a great team." Patience is a virtue of success and Dungy is urging Jet Nation to stand by, even though they may be anxious to get back to the New York's winning ways.
"The fans are just going to have to be patient, but I really believe in John Idzik," said Duny.