January 19, 2013

NFL Notebook: Jets choose Idzik as new GM

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - The New York Jets hired Seattle Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager Friday, completing an interview process that began two weeks ago and included 10 candidates.

Idzik, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration, was selected by owner Woody Johnson and team president Neil Glat and beat out Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen, among others.

Idzik's primary strengths include managing salaries and the salary cap, but he has also worked in player personnel. He has been with the Seahawks the past six seasons after previously working in the front office for Tampa Bay and Arizona.

"It has been very enlightening getting to know Mr. Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan and Neil Glat and I am very grateful for them making me feel very welcomed as a member of the Jets family," Idzik said in a statement issued by the team. "I am eager to get started building on the foundation that is already in place."

The Jets also hired Eagles assistant Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator.

BROWNS: Ray Horton, who was passed over for Cleveland's head coaching vacancy, was hired as defensive coordinator.

Horton spent the past two seasons as Arizona's defensive coordinator.

PANTHERS: Carolina promoted Mike Shula to offensive coordinator.

COLTS: A person familiar with the decision says Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has accepted the same position with Indianapolis, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck.

COWBOYS: Linebacker Anthony Spencer will play in his first Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

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