FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets general manager John Idzik said he had no problem with coach Rex Ryan leaving the team last weekend during cutdown day to visit his son, a freshman walk-on at Clemson.
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"That was surely overblown," Idzik said Friday on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike." "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."
Both Idzik and Ryan said the final cuts already had been discussed, and that Ryan didn't need to be in the office last Saturday. They remained in communication throughout the day.
"For him to get a chance to see his son in his first collegiate game, I think, was really special," Idzik said. "It was a Saturday night game, we did most of our work Friday night and Saturday, and he stayed in touch with us. So it was commendable that Rex was able to do it."
Idzik's son, Brad, is a wide receiver at Wake Forest, so he can relate. Ryan also has received public support from owner Woody Johnson.