FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Santa brought a belated gift to the Christmas stocking for the FireJohnIdzik.com people, who got their wishes fulfilled with Monday's announcement that general manager John Idzik was fired by Jets owner Woody Johnson.
Since late October, the Idzik era has been on a death watch as the team's fanbasecollectively turned against the general manager just two years into the job of returning the Jets to the playoffs. Idzik was originally hailed as a savior and one to bring disciplined spending and an emphasis on the NFL Draft back into the franchise's forefront.
Instead, his plodding approach to free agency and negligible returns from 19 draft selections over the past two seasons saw things sour fast. This led to fan protests, including billboards bought near the stadium and planes flying over practices and prior to a home game, all asking for Idzik to be fired.
Metro obtained a statement from FireJohnIdzik.com on their reaction to Monday's news:
“For the past two months, FireJohnIdzik.com and our supporters have been tirelessly campaigning for Woody Johnson to 'clean house' in Florham Park. Today, we celebrate as our message has been heard.
“Some will say that our efforts were more responsible for this fantastic news than we deserve credit for. Others will say that we had absolutely nothing to do with it. But at the end of the day, all that matters to us is that we got what we wanted - hope for the future of the franchise.
“We thank Woody Johnson for taking these necessary steps and not accepting the direction that we were headed in. We look forward to seeing who Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf bring in to lead this franchise going forward.
“Finally, we would like to thank Rex Ryan for giving this organization everything that he had. He is loved by so many in our movement and we wish him all the best going forward.”