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Owner says 8-8 won’t cut it for the Jets this year

Woody Johnson AP

Many thought Rex Ryan’s future was in the balance, with a first year General Manager who didn’t hire him, and an 8-8 record.

He was able to keep his job for this year, but Jets owner Woody Johnson said he has higher expectations for the coming season.

“[An] 8-8 [record] was good, but I wasn’t satisfied,” Johnson said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “That’s for sure. We’re not satisfied unless we go further than that.”

While he wouldn’t make a firm “playoffs-or-bust” declaration, he made it clear he wanted to see a better product.

He also defended G.M. John Idzik’s careful approach to free agency. Other than Eric Decker, the Jets didn’t make much of a splash in free agency, and still have more than $20 million in cap space (maybe it’s under that white cap Johnson is always wearing).

“John is using the cash that he has,” Johnson said. “Number one, he has some obligations going forward, as you guys know. But it’s really trying to find the best value and the best fit for the team, not just wantonly spending in free agency and doing that. Our culture is one of building ourselves. We’d rather take a player in the draft, mold him into what our culture is and have him be a Jet for us. That’s our ideal. Obviously, we got Eric Decker. We got some really good free agents. But we’re not just looking to spend money. We want to make sure it’s a value and it’s a good fit for us.”

For the time being, it appears he’s confident that Ryan’s a good fit. But after three straight years missing the playoffs, it’s obvious that something needs to change.

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27 Responses to “Owner says 8-8 won’t cut it for the Jets this year”
  1. my45eagle says: Jun 19, 2014 7:48 AM

    Rex going 8-8 with that sqaud was impressive but now they’ve improved alot so he has no excuse if they miss this year.

  2. mzim2756 says: Jun 19, 2014 7:55 AM

    Then why did you nix the idea of Revis since he wanted to come back,

  3. johnqlunchbox says: Jun 19, 2014 8:00 AM

    The Jets are in absolutely no danger of going 8-8 this year.

  4. 6ball says: Jun 19, 2014 8:02 AM

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    Buffalo, Miami and New England all seemed to enhance their rosters in the off season. The Jets not so much.
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  5. eagleswin says: Jun 19, 2014 8:05 AM

    The biggest thing that changed this year is that the Jets realized that you can’t just ignore the offensive side of the ball and added talent there.

    I really can’t blame the QBs the last few years because they have had zero talent to work with. The Jets big draft pick WR from 2 years ago is on the verge of being cut and there was zero depth behind him. RB wasn’t much better.

  6. dchetz says: Jun 19, 2014 8:10 AM

    then i guess he’ll REALLY hate it when they’re 5-11.

  7. bengalguy says: Jun 19, 2014 8:24 AM

    THATS GREAT NEWS!!!!! (Too bad they wont be anywhere near that good)

  8. pv1960 says: Jun 19, 2014 8:24 AM

    Rex may need to find a new dentist for those beautiful teeth in another city for 2015.

  9. drdonkey says: Jun 19, 2014 8:28 AM

    8-8 sounds like best case scenario for the Jets, realistically they are fourth in the East this year.

  10. flash1287 says: Jun 19, 2014 8:32 AM

    Oh well, that’s what they are.
    Jets= average!

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 19, 2014 8:33 AM

    So 9-7 or bust?

  12. nehxas says: Jun 19, 2014 8:35 AM

    And something did change. Tannenbaum was fired. he gave out ridiculous contracts to players that didn’t deserve it and totally eroded any depth the Jets had. But as they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day. With a very young roster the Jets improved last year and with FA this year and the 12 draft picks they had they have only gotten younger and more talented.

    I absolutely love Idzik’s approach to free agency. You want to bring in guys that fit the team and culture your trying to build not just the most talented or biggest name like the Jets would do in the past.

    Of course a lot of the time it comes down to the QB but if Geno even takes the smallest of steps the Jets are more than an 8-8 team that again is still so young and still building. And if he doesn’t the Jets have Vick who is an improvement to anyone they have had under center for all 5 years Rex has been coach with over a .500 record!

    Even Belicheck without his HOF QB has a below .500 record and he had guys like Drew Bledsoe, not Mark Sanchez. Rex is NOT the problem.

  13. jrs1972 says: Jun 19, 2014 8:39 AM

    He should be thrilled to make 8-8 with that circus!

  14. skolvikesskol says: Jun 19, 2014 8:59 AM

    Rut Row Rexy!

    Sincerely,

    Scooby D

  15. zimaman says: Jun 19, 2014 9:05 AM

    well Woodrow in this case you can expect:

    7 wins 8 loss and 1 tie

    bye bye Rexy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. floratiotime says: Jun 19, 2014 9:08 AM

    But 7-9 … yeah, that’s all good.

  17. Getoffmylawn! says: Jun 19, 2014 9:08 AM

    It’s good enough for the Cowboys though!

  18. fosterpops01 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:33 AM

    Said it before, Sexy Rexy isn’t going anywhere…

  19. greenlantern75 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:39 AM

    As a Jets fan, I’m 100% behind all of this. We all should be expecting more than 8 wins, even though I think the schedule shows a tougher path to get there…

    Everyone is complaining that the Jets didn’t spend, but Woody is right…Coach up the talent you have first and if the QB position takes a big step forward with either Geno or Vick, then you have a nice cushion to build out the remaining gaps with ‘win now’ talent. If the QB position performs at the same level as last year, all the spending in the world isn’t going to make a lick of difference.

  20. wholelottacrazygoingon says: Jun 19, 2014 9:58 AM

    Eric Decker is a bigger free agent signing than Chris Johnson?

  21. lemmetalkwouldya says: Jun 19, 2014 10:15 AM

    Jeez….. . you win three straight Super Bowls, you are allowed an 8-8 season!

    Wait, what????

  22. ttommytom says: Jun 19, 2014 10:29 AM

    It shouldn’t be acceptable, like it is in Dallas…

  23. mzim2756 says: Jun 19, 2014 10:58 AM

    Always get a good laugh when buffalo and Miami fans berate the jets

  24. greymares says: Jun 19, 2014 11:19 AM

    The coach doesn’t want to play the best QB on his team. This team won’t go 8-8 with Geno if you give them 2 forfeits.

  25. j0esixpack says: Jun 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    Wrecks has actually been more mediocre than people give him credit for

    The Jets were looking at 8-8 a few years back when the Colts, lacking the balls to go for 19-0, pulled all their starters, handing Wrecks a win, allowing them to back into the playoffs with a 9-7 season

    If the Colts hadn’t played their 3rd stringers it would have been another 8-8 season

    I’m pulling for the Jets though. Wrecks Ryan is comedy GOLD!

  26. abreathofsanity says: Jun 19, 2014 12:19 PM

    Panthers would be lucky to even take the field in 8 games.

  27. papajack1259 says: Jun 19, 2014 9:31 PM

    Then dump the big guy right now cause it ain’t happening any time to soon

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