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Woody Johnson “pretty happy” with direction of Jets

New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson appears at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration between GE and the NFL, in New York Reuters

From the outside, the Jets have looked like a train wreck at various junctures of the season (including right now).

But Jets owner Woody Johnson said during the team’s pre-game radio show that he’s pleased with the direction of his franchise.

I’m pretty happy with the way things are going,” Johnson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Johnson wouldn’t offer any specific endorsement of coach Rex Ryan, who is on the verge of missing the postseason for a third straight season. The Jets are 5-7, having lost three straight after alternating wins and losses the first nine weeks.

“We make those decisions after the season,” Johnson said. “It’s really the direction of the team and how the young players are going, . . . It’s a complicated thing. At the end of the day, you want to give players the opportunity to win, which is what I think we’re doing.”

Johnson described the Jets’ defense as “amazing,” and said rookie quarterback Geno Smith was “learning so much.”

“I think you’ll see him get better and better and better,” Johnson said. “I have a lot of confidence in Geno. When he gets better, I think you’ll see others [on the team] get better.”

Perhaps so, but Smith hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Oct. 20, and has eight interceptions since then. Sure, he’s a rookie, and isn’t blessed with great weapons with which to work.

But if Johnson truly thinks things are on track, it might indicate the primary problem there.

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8 Responses to “Woody Johnson “pretty happy” with direction of Jets”
  1. peterjohnjoseph says: Dec 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    Ugg… I feel bad for the Jets sometimes, I do. An owner whose name is “Wood Johnson”, a coach with an obsession with feet that borders on the absurd, a quarterback that’s over/under is higher that he’ll throw an interception than a touchdown.

    At some point, I just can’t laugh anymore, and I just start to feel bad. You guys will get through this..

  2. crazemastercraze says: Dec 8, 2013 12:49 PM

    Typical corporate “everything is sunshine and cupcakes” answer

  3. kabasaman says: Dec 8, 2013 1:07 PM

    Are you Kidding Me?…. I’m not a Jets fan, and never will be, but WTF… They are the biggest “Joke” of the league. Their coach is a Clown………………………And their owner is obviously a empowered over inherited ding bat. They make news all the time. Too bad it’s not about football. It’s about the circus that is the Jets.

  4. mccourty1sland says: Dec 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    Ok woody. Maybe buzz light year can talk some sense into you.

  5. thejuddstir says: Dec 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    Woody is so lucky he was born with a silver spoon because he sure as hell wouldn’t make it on his own. Rexy has his very own sugar daddy!

  6. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 1:28 PM

    Playing the Raiders. that TD streak is over. He just threw one and should have another one had he not been off on the throw.

  7. thegonz13 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    Well, if the direction you’re looking for is “nowhere fast, then by all means… be happy!

  8. jbeski says: Dec 9, 2013 10:17 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE…..

    Sell the team…..This guy does not have a clue! These reporters are even worse. After that statement; why wasn’t the next question:
    You’re happy being almost last in the league in almost every aspect of the game with the exception of stooping the run?

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