Friday, September 6, 2013

Idzik: Rex's Clemson trip 'surely overblown'


Rex Ryan was heavily criticized by certain sectors of the media this week for taking the only opportunity he'd have this year to see his son dress in a college football game.

The New York Jets coach was absent from team headquarters for the latter part of "cut day," opting to spend his Saturday evening at Clemson supporting Seth Ryan, a freshman walk-on. The ridiculously-overcooked criticism stemmed from an agenda-stroking column in a popular tabloid but quickly spilled over into talk radio and other parts of the mainstream media.

Jets general manager John Idzik, like Jets owner Woody Johnson, came out in support of Ryan.

"That was surely overblown," Idzik, told ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" Friday, via ESPNNewYork. "I have a son playing. That time is special. ... It doesn't last, and you've got to take advantage of family time whenever you get it."

Idzik, whose son is a receiver at Wake Forest, explained that he and Ryan had already made all the necessary cut decisions prior to Ryan making the trip and that the two stayed in contact throughout the day in case anything came up.

"For him to get a chance to see his son in his first collegiate game, I think, was really special," Idzik said. ". . . it was commendable that Rex was able to do it."

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