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Woody Johnson preaches patience with the Jets

New York Jets owner Johnson answers a question at end of season news conference in Florham Park Reuters

Jets owner Woody Johnson says a new team with a new general manager will need some time to get the ship righted, and that patience will be an important ingredient in improving the Jets’ fortunes.

“That’s absolutely perfect, yes be patient, be patient, and have trust that we’re doing the right thing for your team, we’re trying to get better every day,” Johnson said today, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “That’s why John was brought in and the other coaching changes were made; to make us more competitive.”

Jets fans aren’t exactly known for their patience, and they won’t be happy if 2013 turns out to be the rebuilding year that most people expect it to be. So if Johnson wants fans to be patient, he’s probably not going to get his wish.

A bigger question facing the Jets may be whether Johnson himself is willing to have patience with coach Rex Ryan, or whether Ryan is coaching for his job in 2013. Johnson wouldn’t get into that.

“I would never talk about contracts or anything like that,” Johnson said. “We normally don’t discuss contracts or extensions or anything like that.”

So while Johnson says he’s confident that the Jets are turning things around, he isn’t willing to promise that he’ll be patient enough to let Ryan remain the coach throughout that turnaround.

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  1. inyofaceagain says: May 7, 2013 12:16 PM

    Once Rex and Sanchez leave, the Jets can begin rebuilding. Not a moment sooner.

  2. whatnojets says: May 7, 2013 12:18 PM

    New Yorkers are not know for patience! We want results!!

  3. therealpittbull says: May 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    Woody is going to be patient, as long as New Yorkers continue to pump money into a dead franchise. He’s like a bad restaurant owner. Why buy better food to serve, when the same slappy’s pay for slop day after day? One the patrons get unhappy, then you will see a better distrutor, manager, waitresses, etc…Until then, Ryan will be running a horrible team.

  4. kerryc21realty says: May 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    LOL, what else can he say

  5. brutus9448 says: May 7, 2013 12:22 PM

    and the circus continues. get the popcorn

  6. 509seahawks says: May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

    I feel bad for all Jets fans. Gotta be tough to be competing with the Browns for worse orginization in the league.

  7. ozymandias121 says: May 7, 2013 12:26 PM

    All suck things come to those who wait.

  8. pisano says: May 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    If Woody’s not anything else, he’s patient, any other owner would have gotten rid of Rex Ryan, and Mark Sanchez long before now. The only good thing he did so far is get rid of Tannenbaum, but that was like closing the gate after the horse’s had already run out of the barn.

  9. sdb0ltz says: May 7, 2013 12:29 PM

    Tomorrows Headline: Rex Ryan guarantee’s Superbowl victory.

  10. torethatbridgeout says: May 7, 2013 12:29 PM

    Ryan sealed his fate when he hitched his wagon to Sanchez. It’s only a matter of time now.

  11. naes says: May 7, 2013 12:35 PM

    So he’s preaching patience. Is he going to lower ticket prices until they’re competitive again, to give the patient fans a break?

  12. formerworldchamps says: May 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    For most of their existence the Giants have been the Varsity team and the Jets the JV team.Although the Jets are great at stealing the newspaper headlines.

    I feel very sorry for Jet fans…..their problem is very much like the Cowboys …a bad owner.

  13. lgbarn says: May 7, 2013 12:37 PM

    Where else can you watch this kind of drama. They should put in 3D cameras and charge a subscription fee for the feed. Double it for bringing Tebow back into the fold.

  14. hedleykow says: May 7, 2013 12:37 PM

    I’ll have patience only for as along as the GD snacks hold out.

  15. giantsalldaysb42461 says: May 7, 2013 12:39 PM

    Patience??? How about a Miracle lol

  16. Phil Forte says: May 7, 2013 12:39 PM

    we’ve been patient since ’68 Woody! DO SOMETHING.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: May 7, 2013 12:43 PM

    Patience is good, but if you have the same Woody for four years, you should see your doctor.

  18. rdrs68 says: May 7, 2013 12:43 PM

    The Jets will always be a disaster as long as The Woody owns them-he has proven time after time that can’t hire the talent necessary to run a team in the toughest sports market in all of sports.

  19. mwatts1 says: May 7, 2013 12:49 PM

    Why does a team that hasen’t won a Superbowl since 68′ get so much attention? Becuase they have an out spoken coach? Some media outlets have made a carrer off these Jets stories. I can tell you living in AZ that I don’t give a crap. Can we talk about winning teams like Green Bay, Atlanta, or Houston… you know, the good teams?

  20. tdubdizzle says: May 7, 2013 12:54 PM

    The Jets are the worst team in sports. They deserve no respect, they have done absolutely nothing since Namath left. That is a FACT. Jets fans you can argue with me all you want but you are the worst fan base in all of sports.

  21. kenstabler says: May 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    I really would not get excited or get a (Woody) about his comments!

  22. lrjets says: May 7, 2013 12:58 PM

    As a Jets fan, screw patience.
    Woody should have moved faster on other issues.
    Free admission during the “patience time”?

  23. whatnojets says: May 7, 2013 1:02 PM

    I can tell you living in AZ that I don’t give a crap.
    ——————————————————-

    OK- Lets talk about The Cardinals

    That was an interesting conversation!

  24. lrjets says: May 7, 2013 1:05 PM

    mwatts1 says:May 7, 2013 12:49 PM

    Why does a team that hasen’t won a Superbowl since 68′ get so much attention? Becuase they have an out spoken coach? Some media outlets have made a carrer off these Jets stories. I can tell you living in AZ that I don’t give a crap. Can we talk about winning teams like Green Bay, Atlanta, or Houston… you know, the good teams?

    With all due respect, you should read the PFT blogs for the above teams. I only read PFT re:the Jets. I hear about other teams thru ESPN, The NFL Network and the like. Never to the point of ODing on them as you seem to be with the Jets.
    Eliminate this site and you’ll function better.

  25. kegmen7 says: May 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Then I preach patience to him with my PSL checks…they’ll get there eventually.

  26. 1uniquename says: May 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    As a Dolphin Fan I disagree that the Jets are the worst franchise, or one of the worst with Cleveland. At least they’ve won a playoff game in the last 10 years unlike my Dolphins, heck back to back AFC championship games is not that shabby. So even as a fins fan it’s obvious the Jets are rebuilding but we’ve been rebuilding for 15 years since Marino left and it’s just now FINALLY looking a little brighter but still completely unknown. Jets will be back in the mix 2 or 3 years from now with Geno at the helm, they’ll be competitive with him but never a super bowl winning franchise.

  27. sepl12 says: May 7, 2013 1:06 PM

    Rex Grossman, The Arizona Cardinals, and every team in your division, have all been to the super bowl since the last time you went. I’m not sure if patience is what should be questioned in New York.

  28. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 1:09 PM

    The way the NFL is now, you might as well offer your next 10 first rd picks for Aaron Rodgers and pray GB bites.

  29. isphet71 says: May 7, 2013 1:12 PM

    If you can’t succeed with NEW York’s advantages, you can’t succeed in the NFL.

    Tons of fans and revenue and very attractive place for free agents to consider moving there. It’s as good a football town as any, and better than most if not all.

    Coming from a Lions fan that sees many players NOT want to play there because it’s Detroit.

  30. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 7, 2013 1:12 PM

    How are those PSL’s working out for you, Jests fans? He ought to lower prices for this year to show his good faith. It’s not like he’s hurting for money. All people from the golden gene pool care for the guy in the stands, right?

  31. jetsclaps says: May 7, 2013 1:35 PM

    “So he’s preaching patience. Is he going to lower ticket prices until they’re competitive again, to give the patient fans a break?”

    He did lower ticket prices this year.

  32. jets4gold says: May 7, 2013 1:35 PM

    I’m fine with rebuilding but do it the right way. This team is doing it backwards. New GM same HC and they draft a QB. This is why Jets fans are not patient.

  33. kev86 says: May 7, 2013 1:38 PM

    Yet Rex is still the HC…

    “Some people like to say the Giants are the big brother team and the Jets are the little brother team. I have news for you: We are the better team. We are the big brother,” Ryan, who guaranteed his team would win the Super Bowl title before the 2011 season started, wrote.

    “When people ask me what it’s like to share New York with the Giants, my response is always I am not sharing it with them — they are sharing it with me. … It seems clear that right now we are the better team and we are going to remain the better team for the next 10 years. Whether you like it or not, those are the facts and that’s what is going to happen.”

  34. nyjallfingday says: May 7, 2013 1:53 PM

    “…Jets fans aren’t exactly known for their patience…”

    We’ve been waiting 45 years now, how little patience do you think we have?

  35. ampats says: May 7, 2013 1:53 PM

    If 44 years of watching failure on the football field and continuing to come back ,I think the Jets fans have been very patient.

  36. japmen says: May 7, 2013 2:00 PM

    Unique,

    You must just watch the stat lines if you think Geno is going to be good. Better than Sanchez? Sure! Good? Not a chance.

  37. larry321 says: May 7, 2013 2:05 PM

    I’m a jets fan and cautiously optimistic with Idzik so far. Get the malcontents out the door, suck it up on Sanchez and Santonio contracts this year, don’t tie up 13% of your salary cap on one player (Revis) who’s not a QB, draft solid foundation type players, and start rebuilding in earnest next year. My only negative is the Geno pick. I’m ok with Ryan as the coach as long as he keeps his mouth shut and lets someone else run the offense.

  38. peanutele24 says: May 7, 2013 2:05 PM

    Lets go jets , jets , jets!!!!

  39. packerfantastic says: May 7, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m sorry, but this picture of Woody Johnson reminds me of Les Nessman.

  40. nahcouldntbethat says: May 7, 2013 2:15 PM

    Woody gets a lot of heat for having the Jets in the playoffs 6 out of 12 years since Parcells left town. He gets a lot of heat for having them at .500 over a decade plus. He gets a lot of heat for two AFC championship game appearances.

    I’m thinking there are a lot of very young Jets fans who don’t understand what this franchise was like for 30 years or so.

  41. bigbluelou says: May 7, 2013 2:19 PM

    No one on the Jets, from a back up QB press conference annoucing his arrival to a 2nd round glum faced QB who thought he was a first rounder, annoucing the Jets will make the playoffs will EVER shut up until Rex is gone.

  42. iamapatsfan says: May 7, 2013 2:27 PM

    Ok…

    Did anyone else read this:

    “That’s absolutely perfect, yes be patient, be patient…”

    In a Mr. Burns’ tone of voice? Cause it’s way better that way.

  43. dieselguy19 says: May 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    Why would you feel bad for Jet’s fans? Of course their not all bad people, but next to Raider fans is there a worse following of a caliber of people? IMO I think it’s Karma and not coincidental, that 2 of the biggest laughing stocks of the league have the type of fan base they do.

  44. RexCanCoach says: May 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    ….says every other team’s fan that hasn’t had to deal with Tom Brady for the past 12 years. And a cheater in BB.

    Jet fans don’t need your pity.
    We will fill up every seat in the stadium every game. And root for the NY Jets every year. You really don’t understand it.

    Besides, the NY Giants are 2 lucky plays away from having a 22 yr. drought.

  45. toybkshr says: May 7, 2013 3:13 PM

    Woody’s way of saying Jets r gonna suck TY

  46. lrjets says: May 7, 2013 3:26 PM

    ampats says:May 7, 2013 1:53 PM

    If 44 years of watching failure on the football field and continuing to come back ,I think the Jets fans have been very patient.

    Yet the TOTAL record of Jets-Pats is 51-54-1.
    That’s including the Brady years.
    Failure?? Not really.

  47. lrjets says: May 7, 2013 3:28 PM

    dieselguy19 says:May 7, 2013 2:30 PM

    Why would you feel bad for Jet’s fans? Of course their not all bad people, but next to Raider fans is there a worse following of a caliber of people? IMO I think it’s Karma and not coincidental, that 2 of the biggest laughing stocks of the league have the type of fan base they do.

    And you did a scientific behavioral study?
    And it’s “they’re” not “their”.

  48. harrisonhits2 says: May 7, 2013 3:30 PM

    Lol Jets fans are already on suicide watch for this season

  49. lordrevis says: May 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    since 1997 the jets have had just four losing seasons. FOUR. all this hyperbole surrounding them is just plain nonsense. they go 8-8 two years ago and it was considered a disaster. they go 6-10 last year even though they were absolutely devastated by injuries and they are now the worst run team in the league? riiiiiight. sure, the jets have some holes but they’ll be ok. they’ll be competitive. and after the 2013 season they’ll have potentially $50 million in cap space.

  50. rcali says: May 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    What a cowardly statement.

  51. filthymcnasty1 says: May 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    RexCanCoach says: May 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    Jet fans don’t need your pity.
    We will fill up every seat in the stadium every game.

    ************************************************

    You guys aren’t that big. Have you seen how fat the Viking fans are?

  52. phinfan says: May 7, 2013 4:04 PM

    Any team that still employs Sanchez can’t use the term ‘patience’ enough

  53. 8to80texansblog says: May 7, 2013 4:10 PM

    lrjets says: May 7, 2013 3:26 PM

    ampats says:May 7, 2013 1:53 PM

    If 44 years of watching failure on the football field and continuing to come back ,I think the Jets fans have been very patient.

    Yet the TOTAL record of Jets-Pats is 51-54-1.
    That’s including the Brady years.
    Failure?? Not really.

    ===========================

    Not a Jets or Pats fan, but trying to go scoreboard with a losing record against a team that has won what, 4 superbowls over that span to the Jets 0…

    It’s like attacking a bear with a plastic spork…..

  54. lrjets says: May 7, 2013 4:38 PM

    Not a Jets or Pats fan, but trying to go scoreboard with a losing record against a team that has won what, 4 superbowls over that span to the Jets 0…

    It’s like attacking a bear with a plastic spork…..

    In the spirit of assisting you with your reading comprehension, I factored in the Brady years and how great he is. Still there is only a three game edge.
    Some say their three SBs are tainted, I personally never did.
    It is three, not four. Stilll good enough that if it happened to the Jets, I wouldn’t go around ragging on teams hit with bad luck, bad decisions, bad coaches and the like.
    Either way it’s not the fans’ fault, nor is it an indictment or a medal of the fan who he roots for.

  55. fissels says: May 7, 2013 4:39 PM

    He shouldn’t have to apologize for bad decisions. If the fans thought there was a clear direction to this team they wouldn’t mind.

  56. hehateme2 says: May 7, 2013 4:48 PM

    Patience? pfft. 1969 was a LONG TIME AGO.

    Go jests!

  57. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 4:53 PM

    I really don’t recall, when did the Jets last win the AFC East? Not during Woody’s 12-year tenure, correct?

  58. hehateme2 says: May 7, 2013 4:56 PM

    Yet the TOTAL record of Jets-Pats is 51-54-1.

    Go ahead and slant the facts if it helps you sleep at night. Why not look at the jet franchise overall winning %? Under .500 and ranks near the bottom of ALL NFL teams.

    That’s what the rest of us look at. Cheers!

  59. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 4:59 PM

    I looked it up. The Jets last won the AFC East in 2002 with a 9-7 record and lost in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. Since 2000, the Jets have won the AFC East once, the Dolphins twice, and the Patriots ten times.

  60. chilomane says: May 7, 2013 5:01 PM

    You have to get rid of Woody first.

  61. justintuckrule says: May 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    Besides, the NY Giants are 2 lucky plays away from having a 22 yr. drought.
    ——
    @Rexcaneat – bitter much? Why stop there? Go 3 lucky plays away from a 27 yr drought.

  62. houndofthebaskervols says: May 7, 2013 5:35 PM

    Patience is not in the Jets fan vocabulary. LOL

  63. toybkshr says: May 7, 2013 5:37 PM

    larry321 says:
    May 7, 2013 2:05 PM
    I’m a jets fan and cautiously optimistic with Idzik so far. Get the malcontents out the door, suck it up on Sanchez and Santonio contracts this year, don’t tie up 13% of your salary cap on one player (Revis) who’s not a QB, draft solid foundation type players, and start rebuilding in earnest next year. My only negative is the Geno pick. I’m ok with Ryan as the coach as long as he keeps his mouth shut and lets someone else run the offense.———————————————————————————–

    Good point of view for a Jets fan! But do you really think Ryan will keep his mouth shut??

  64. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Since 1960, the Jets have played in 25 playoff games, six with Rex Ryan as coach (that’s almost 25% of all of the Jets’playoff games). Rex is an impressive 4-2 in the playoffs but most of those wins came with teams put together primarily by Eric Mangini. Rex can coach but can he evaluate talent on the offensive side off the ball and execute an offensive gameplan? Without Revis, can he play a press coverage defense?

  65. tigerlilac says: May 7, 2013 5:55 PM

    Since 2000, the Patriots have had one coach, Bill Belichick, and have won the AFC East ten times. Belichick has taken the Patriots to 24 playoff games with an impressive 17-7 record. He has won 3 Super Bowl Championships and 5 AFC Championships.

  66. cmdrsmooth says: May 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    Tht is correct Mike Davis, he is being patient by keeping Rex, giving him a chance to improve the team, why rush and give Rex an extension? Are you insinuating he deserves an extension? That would be impatience on your part to expect otherwise.

    Are reporters really that stupid today?

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