The Jets are coming off their worst game of the season, a 49-9 loss to the Bengals in which Geno Smith was benched after his second pick-six and the defense allowed Marvin Jones to score four touchdowns. But Jets owner Woody Johnson isn’t discouraged.
In fact, Johnson says he believes the Jets are getting better all the time.
“We have a very young team,” Johnson said, via the New York Daily News. “I think it’s the third-youngest team in the NFL and it’s not an excuse. You’re going to have games like that with a young quarterback and young team — seven new players on defense — so it’s going to take them a while to coalesce. But they’re improving rapidly, and I think the coaches are very happy with the progress.”
It doesn’t get any easier for the Jets with the Saints coming to town on Sunday, but Johnson doesn’t see any reason his team can’t compete with one of the NFL’s best.
“I think we’re a good team, too. If we’re prepared properly, I think we should do very well,” Johnson said.
The Jets have alternated wins and losses every week this season. If they can surprise everyone and follow up last week’s ugly loss with a win, Johnson will be vindicated in his belief that his team is improving. But a second straight ugly loss would make it tough for anyone to buy that the Jets are really any better than they were last year.