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.