Woody Johnson returns to Jets: ‘All about winning’

Jets proprietor Woody Johnson is again after 4 years away from the workforce and promises his struggling franchise is going to turn it around.

“We’ll do everything in our power to put a winning team on the field this year, this game, the first game, the second game, the third game,” Johnson stated Wednesday. “It’s all about winning. We’re in the win business. We didn’t sign up for this to lose. None of our players want to lose. They’re not used to losing, and we don’t want to get them used to losing.”

Johnson spoke to reporters for the primary time since returning to the workforce in January. He spent the previous 4 years as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Johnson, 74, stated he has been inspired since returning by the sensation contained in the group and what he has seen from normal supervisor Joe Douglas and new coach Robert Saleh — two males employed by Johnson’s brother Christopher, who ran the workforce throughout Woody’s absence.

“They’ve got a tremendous amount of leeway,” Woody Johnson stated. “I’m in total sync with these guys. I think Chris made some unbelievable choices, and we’re lucky to get both of those gentlemen.”

New York Jets owner and chairman Woody Johnson speaks to reporters
Woody Johnson is again to helm the Jets after 4 years away.
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Johnson spoke extremely of Saleh and his “unique ability communicate.” He additionally stated Saleh has the “ingredients to be really good.”

As for Douglas, Johnson identified that he discovered beneath former Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.

“Anybody that is related to Ozzie Newsome pretty much has got a gold star, right?” Johnson stated.

The Jets had loads of turmoil whereas Johnson was abroad. The workforce went 18-46 throughout his 4 years away, tied for the worst mark within the NFL with the Giants over that span. Johnson’s first decade proudly owning the workforce was marked by six journeys to the playoffs and two AFC Championship appearances. But the Jets haven’t made it again to the playoffs since dropping the 2010 AFC title sport to the Steelers. The Jets have the longest lively playoff drought within the NFL at 10 years.

“Why did you have to bring that up?” Johnson stated with fun.

Johnson stated he hoped the followers had religion within the workforce to get issues proper. He feels that they’re on course beneath the present management.

“I really see a tremendous vibe in the building and on the field and in the classrooms that gives me a lot of hope,” Johnson stated. “I think the building feels really united now.”

The Jets have a new quarterback in Zach Wilson, the No. 2-overall draft choose. Johnson stopped in need of proclaiming him the savior of the franchise however stated his expertise is clear.

New York Jets QB Zach Wilson runs a drill during OTA’s
Zach Wilson’s arrival is simply one of many many modifications Jets proprietor Woody Johnson comes again to.
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“You never know. Now we’re in shorts. How is he going to look in pads and when we get to the preseason?” Johnson stated. “Then you’re going to get a much better idea, but I think everybody is hopeful about his learning curve. They like his quick release and they like a lot of elements, and that’s why they drafted him No. 2. I don’t think they’ve seen anything to discourage us.”

As ambassador, Johnson was accused of making sexist and racist remarks. The U.S. State Department investigated the allegations and Johnson stated he was exonerated.

“The office of civil rights conducted an extensive survey on all of the allegations and concluded that none of it was substantiated, none of it,” he stated. “There’s a letter to that impact, and paperwork, which is what I suspected.

“My wife was absolutely furious when she saw [the allegations]. She said it goes against my history of everything I’ve done for my entire life. So, it was something was really hard on me to listen to all this stuff, but that’s done.”

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