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Rex Ryan is rubbing off on Woody Johnson

The man that Bill Belichick once refused to work for is no longer afraid of the spotlight.

Ten years into a 80-80 run as Jets owner, Woody Johnson has been front and center since Rex Ryan came aboard, selling his team (and his PSLs) to fans and prospective free agents.

“Everybody wants to play here now,” Johnson says.

In a candid interview with Rich Cimini of ESPNewYork.com, Johnson shows that Ryan’s confidence has rubbed off on him.  He was asked about possibly falling short of the team’s high expectations.

“I’m not going to speculate [on not making the Super Bowl.] I think we’re going to make it,” Johnson said.  He’s certainly come out of his shell.

“It’s very refreshing to be able to tell your players and your fans what
you want to do and not have to hide it. I like that. It’s liberating.
You can actually tell people where you want to take them, where they
want to go. Do you want to jump aboard a team that comes in 15th? That’s
not what we’re shooting for. That isn’t why we’re here,” Johnson said.

We find nothing wrong with the approach.  The Jets are going to raked over the coals if they disappoint this year, no matter how Johnson sets expectations publicly.

They may as well have some fun along the way.

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35 Responses to “Rex Ryan is rubbing off on Woody Johnson”
  1. JCW says: May 16, 2010 12:21 PM

    Nice headline, Beavis.

  2. azwildcats96 says: May 16, 2010 12:25 PM

    RUBBING OFF ON WOODY????

  3. azwildcats96 says: May 16, 2010 12:26 PM

    BWAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Dolphinatic says: May 16, 2010 12:28 PM

    First a filthy Sanchez and now this….. Get a room guys.

  5. robsterNY says: May 16, 2010 12:34 PM

    Its great to see Johnson taking a cue from Rex Ryan. Its time to believe we can win.. From the front office down. Dont be worried about what people think! It is liberating to say what ya feel. I always said Rex Ryan is like a “Breath of Fresh Air” Im tired of watching puppets for head coaches durring interviews.Be a football coach! say what you mean …mean what you say….Go Rex!..Go Woody!….And Above all GO J-E-T-S!!

  6. robert ethen says: May 16, 2010 12:39 PM

    Sanchez maintains a stiff upper lip through it all.

  7. blackglass says: May 16, 2010 12:39 PM

    Hustle and lie to those fans, Woody. Telling the truth (like, say, finishing between 8-8 and 6-10) ain’t gonna sell those PSL’s.

  8. Catamount says: May 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    Rex is a fad, like his father. He will ride high in the saddle for a few years, but his bullyish approach to the scientifc aspect of the game will ruin him. Ten years from now? Color commentator for pro wrestling.

  9. MrHumble says: May 16, 2010 12:51 PM

    “You can actually tell people where you want to take them, where they want to go. “……..Woody forgot to add, “and they will follow like sheep”.
    Gotta love how the media is setting Rex,” Woody and the Jets” up for a major fall with all this hype. Keep feeding them the kool aid. I can’t ever recall a roster of individuals who are overaged, overpriced, selfish, egotistical and have so much personal baggage come together to create a “team”. Snyder has tried for a decade to do it in Washington and that was with some decent headcoaches (it was just Danny’s desire to be another Jerry Pimp Jones and think he actually knows something about football) but having Rex the Mouth Ryan as the egotistical headcoach (apple didn’t fall far from the tree) is like adding gasoline to a fire. The Jets will implode by midseason…..guaranteed!!!

  10. ampats says: May 16, 2010 12:54 PM

    We will see.
    Every day there seems to be comments from someone associated with the Jests.
    If the Jets fold again like in 2008 amid expectatons , in the immortal words of Ray Lewis to all Jests Nation
    “its embarrassing!”
    Kind of ironic that you don’t hear much from teams like the Colts ( I’d say Pats but I am biased) on how great they are ???????????

  11. MrHumble says: May 16, 2010 12:55 PM

    Rex and Woody are like politicians……promises, promises but don’t have a clue themselves. People seem to forget that the Jets were a mediocre team last year who only got into the playoffs becuz the bungals and colts laid down for them in the last two games. They are now a “team” of misfits and egos that are led by the biggest ego……there’s no way the Jets do better than 8-8 this year and they will implode.

  12. Tim_Stead says: May 16, 2010 1:07 PM

    The Jets aren’t even winning their division in 2010 nevermind the Super Bowl.
    Going to be awesome watching Sexy Rexy go from media darling to media hunted.

  13. GRpatriot says: May 16, 2010 1:43 PM

    Woody and Johnson in the same name. Beautiful. Kinda like Dick Peter….

  14. SamHam says: May 16, 2010 1:45 PM

    Hey CornFlorio–R u giving Rex Ryan a rusty trombone as we speak??

  15. Cro-Mags says: May 16, 2010 1:55 PM

    SB?
    This team couldn’t win their division and were a .500 club until their last 2 opponents laid down.
    You’re making Belichik’s job easier with the bulletin board material, Woodrow.

  16. BigChinGuy says: May 16, 2010 2:00 PM

    If you gotta talk about how good you are, you’re not that goof

  17. You love to hate the JETS says: May 16, 2010 2:19 PM

    mr humble… beautiful comments… except ur completely wrong. which over paid players r on that team? who has a huge ego? sure they have off the field issues but wat huge egos am i missing? rex ryan isnt full of himself hes very confident in his team u dont hear him saying hes the best coach theres a difference buddy. keep reading those blogs patriot fans , dolphins fans, and every other teams’ fans write big guy

  18. JimmySmith says: May 16, 2010 2:20 PM

    You must be trying to attract the average Viking fan by using the words “Woody” and “Rubbing” in the same sentence.

  19. QJ1984 says: May 16, 2010 2:23 PM

    Boy I cant wait for the Ravens to serve these guys some humble pie, week 1.

  20. Dogsweat says: May 16, 2010 3:17 PM

    Los Angeles Jets 2012

  21. smithopher says: May 16, 2010 3:30 PM

    Dogsweat – that was a stupid comment, the Jets are staying in NY. And for everyone who says “oh but they play in Jersey” the Jets aren’t named for New York State, they’re the New York City team. If you go to the Meadowlands, the New York City skyline is right there to the east. The Jets are going to be a great team this year. Everybody wants to hate on the best and I don’t care. The Patriots got it for all those years, it’s almost flattering that my team is the center of everybody’s envy.

  22. socco says: May 16, 2010 4:46 PM

    Phrasing!!!

  23. ampats says: May 16, 2010 5:10 PM

    Sorry Smithopher but
    the Jests started playing in the old Polo Grounds , then moved to Queens to play at Shea and were a NYC team. They couldn’t get a stadium built of their own so they ended up playing in NJ at Giants Stadium which was built for the Giants after they moved from Yankee Stadium and played in New Haven,CT while their stadium was being built.
    I always thought the idea of building a stadium on the West side was nuts. I understand that people from New Jersey would like to consider themselves NY ers but because you work in NY does not make you a New Yorker.
    As someone who was born in NYC and still maintains an apt on the Upper East Side 85th& 3rd, I have never considered NJ to be a part of NY
    The Jets have ALWAYS been the 2nd tier team in NY (I’m being nice not calling them the red headed stepchild as I usually do). Comes from the AFL days.
    If you read my posts, I have rarely been critical of your team ‘s potential but more so the braggadocio manner in which many of you post.
    I have been critical when fans talk about Sanchez as if he is a Pro Bowl QB. The jury is still out for him when you throw more picks than TD’s and have the playbook dumbed down because of his ineffectiveness over the course of the season. 2 playoff games w/o a pick does not change a 60 QB rating for the season.
    I have been using the J E T S comment for many years and if you are truly a long time jets fan than you know what I say about the jets continually disappointing their fan base’s expectations for many years.
    Only a couple of years ago the mantra was Mangenious, how did that turn out??
    Too many posts talk about what you are going to do this year, lets see if you can do it.
    History says NO.
    We soon shall see.
    In Belichick we trust !!!!!!!!!

  24. Dogsweat says: May 16, 2010 5:34 PM

    Dogsweat – that was a stupid comment, the Jets are staying in NY. And for everyone who says “oh but they play in Jersey” the Jets aren’t named for New York State, they’re the New York City team. If you go to the Meadowlands, the New York City skyline is right there to the east. The Jets are going to be a great team this year. Everybody wants to hate on the best and I don’t care. The Patriots got it for all those years, it’s almost flattering that my team is the center of everybody’s envy.
    The Jets and their deviant following are step children compared to the Giants.
    The Giants own the region—city and state.
    They sell out their stadium. The Jets don’t.
    Once the blackouts come and the losing continues, the Jets will be pushed out of town.

  25. Ufanforreal says: May 16, 2010 5:34 PM

    # smithopher says: May 16, 2010 3:30 PM
    Dogsweat – that was a stupid comment, the Jets are staying in NY. And for everyone who says “oh but they play in Jersey” the Jets aren’t named for New York State, they’re the New York City team. If you go to the Meadowlands, the New York City skyline is right there to the east. The Jets are going to be a great team this year. Everybody wants to hate on the best and I don’t care. The Patriots got it for all those years, it’s almost flattering that my team is the center of everybody’s envy.
    ——————————————————
    ENVY, envy over what?
    What the hell does teams like the COLTS, PATS, RAVENS, TITANS and so on have to envy about the JEST?

  26. Italian.ArmyGuy says: May 16, 2010 5:48 PM

    Pats are still the team to bea in the AFC East.
    In Bill I Trust

  27. HellRelle24 says: May 16, 2010 6:13 PM

    its actually starting to get ridiculous that these half ass arrogant patriot fans and dolphin fans have to come to every post to come shit on the jets. i have never once gone to a patriots blog/dolphins blog and commented on their team and cracked on everything they do frankly cause i dont really care..
    the fact is i have many close friends who are die hard pats fans and diehard dolphin fans, and here is the fact of the matter.
    this is the first time they actually see the Jets as a legitimate superbowl contender and favorite to win the division not because of the players they have but simply because of the way they are COACHED.
    COACHED.
    now save your pathetic ranting for your own blogs pats and dolphins fans. your reign is over pats, and well dolphins you were never really a threat except for a suprising season sweep last year lets be real.

  28. HellRelle24 says: May 16, 2010 6:14 PM

    also with the whole “jests’ name. its sad that you guys actually use that material. its like us using the (cheatriots, or dolfags) but sorry i might only be 26 and not a grown enough to use my ignorance and arrogance to full potential like the phins and pats fans that comment on this page..
    let it burn.

  29. Kris Jenkins is a Grizzly Bear says: May 16, 2010 7:38 PM

    love how all these loser pats/fins fans just cant resist commenting on every single jets “story” that ends up on here. i understand however. it’s because you’re all afraid of this jets team.

  30. Bious says: May 16, 2010 8:09 PM

    Keep making the SB plans and I wouldn’t be shocked if you didn’t make the playoffs
    Sanchez is not a great QB and may not do well whatsoever next season
    When he still throws INT’s and blows, the chances of the Jets dominating are basically none

  31. Venerable Axiom says: May 16, 2010 9:23 PM

    No one hates the jets because they’re the best Ufanforreal. Were that the case, the Saints would be the most hated, and that’s far from the case. No, the reason the jets organization, fans, and coach are ridiculed is for being braggarts. Which would be detestable enough were the jets the best, but even more so as everyone knows what the jets are, and how they actually got where they did.
    Hellrella24, this isn’t a jet blog, it’s PFT, not JFT, so quit whining because people write things about the jets you disagree with (i.e. the truth).
    Before destruction a person’s heart is arrogant, but humility comes before honor.
    Proverbs 18:12

  32. Darron says: May 17, 2010 9:34 AM

    Well done with the title Rosenthall. That’s strong work.

  33. HellRelle24 says: May 17, 2010 9:45 AM

    braggarts? are u kiddimh axiom?
    may i ask who ur team is?
    of course people who comment just for the sole purpose to making fun of rex’s weight, instead of the fact that he is a damn good, are people that are…yes, arrogant. thats the kind of people who shouldnt be commenting on these blogs because they have no insight or cllue what they are saying. matter of fact.
    and as for ur first paragraph you have zero clue of what the jets organization is like or their fans besides confident.
    thanks for the bible quote, really needed that uselessness.

  34. Spygate Operative #1 says: May 17, 2010 10:14 AM

    Venerable, calling the organization, fans and coach braggarts is incorrect.
    First the organization contains hundreds of employees of whom Woody is the boss. Woody has not been a braggart nor has any of his employees, that I have seen evidence of.
    The Jets fans are no more braggarts than any other team’s fans. I have surfed plenty of articles concerning other teams and Jets articles by far have more comments posted by fans of other teams. Usually Phins and Pats fans and the posts are usually negative and many are quite moronic.
    Finally Rex Ryan is a coach that speaks his mind and is not afraid of being confident. I guarantee the rants about Ryan are from jealous fans of other teams who would give their left nut to have the only coach in the league who is not tap dancing around tough questions all the time.

  35. Spygate Operative #1 says: May 17, 2010 10:17 AM

    there’s no way the Jets do better than 8-8 this year and they will implode.
    I want the IDIOTS who keep guaranteeing the Jets will suck this year to put their $$$ where their mouths are.
    I will take any action you wish to put up to back up your ridiculous posts.

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