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Woody Johnson sees 2015 as progress, despite Week 17

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Jets owner Woody Johnson was very pleased with how his team performed in its first-year under coach Todd Bowles. At least until the final game of the season.

Johnson said there’s no denying the progress the team made, although losing the final game of the year and therefore missing the playoffs left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth.

“From 4-12 to 10-6,” Johnson said, via ESPN. “So far, so good. . . . I feel pretty good about the new team in place and about what they are capable of doing. I am sorry the way we lost the way we did.”

Johnson believes Bowles proved over the course of the season that he’s the right leader for the team.

“I thought from a leadership standpoint the team hung together. You could see that. It evolved and towards the end of the year, I could see the team becoming stronger,” Johnson said.

Maybe next year, continuing to get stronger will include winning when the playoffs are on the line.

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28 Responses to “Woody Johnson sees 2015 as progress, despite Week 17”
  1. whatjusthapped says: Jan 30, 2016 9:08 AM

    Imagine what they could have done with a NFL QB?

  2. nokoolaid4thiscowboy says: Jan 30, 2016 9:12 AM

    Well, he has a valid point. Unlike other sports football doesn’t rely on a “best out of” series.

    All of the variables such as injuries, playing field and a bad day can end your season which makes this sport exciting.

    There are many other teams that would easily want to switch seasons with a ball club that put themselves in position to have a shot.

  3. somethinghappeninghere says: Jan 30, 2016 9:56 AM

    So what? In 2013 and 2014 Miami had shots at the playoffs in week 17–and lost both times…to the Jets. Folks that is what happens when you assume division rival games are a gimme. It was Chris Ivory, not “the great Ryan Fitzpatrick”, that got the Jets as far as they went last year. If the Jets want to even consider making the playoffs in 2016 they had better give Chris Ivory top dollar. Period. End of Story!

  4. ncphinsfan says: Jan 30, 2016 10:16 AM

    Doubt they would sweep the Dolphins on a regular basis. It was an off year. Over the past 10 years they are 10-10. Just sayin’…

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:22 AM

    Was very impressed with Bowles and what he did with the Jets last year. They shut up, stopped yapping and focused on improving, which they did substantially.

    I see them being a step better this season after another draft and Bowles getting players he wants instead of Rex leftovers.

    Doubt they’ll knock the Pats off the top of the AFCE next season, but I see them getting a wild card next playoffs.

  6. chadsjets says: Jan 30, 2016 10:23 AM

    Chris ivory are a dime a dozen. Jets need young olb

  7. nofaceangler718 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:39 AM

    Chris ivory? Dude above must be his relative and not watch the jets. A man has to be made of steel in order to play with the violence he plays with and stay healthy. Ivory is not. He isn’t on the field enough to warrant a new contract and he also disappears too much. There are 40-50 guys who can put up his numbers given the opportunities and a decent oline. Maybe they won’t be as exciting as his smash mouth style that I’ve grown to love (at least in the 8 games he plays well in each season), but I’d rather resign Powell than him. Ivory slowed down by week 6 and I don’t think there’s enough in the tank to warrant another contract.

    And woody Johnson should just keep his trap shut. He doesn’t know enough about football to say anything. He only bought the team because he loves $ (who can blame him) and he loves people paying attention to him. Just sign the checks rich boy, and maybe go fund Trump because everything woody touches falls apart.

  8. billsbackto81 says: Jan 30, 2016 10:41 AM

    Just hurry up and sign Fitztragic to a long term extension so the only team the Bills will have to worry about in the division is NE.

  9. youknowiknowitall says: Jan 30, 2016 11:12 AM

    “From 4-12 to 10-6,” Johnson said, via ESPN. “So far, so good …

    … and if we don’t catch up to NE this year, now that we helped to frame them again and steal their draft picks again, we’ve at least learned that we have that card up our sleeves.”

  10. phooteballs says: Jan 30, 2016 11:12 AM

    Why does a 70 year old billionaire where a ball cap? Is it that bad being bald? I’ll trade him my full head of hair for being born on third base…

  11. intrafinesse says: Jan 30, 2016 11:14 AM

    Jets fan here –
    The Jets key players are old, they are not on the way up, they need to draft well for the next few years to recover.

    During the 6 years of the Rex Ryan Regime, they drafted 2 very good players (Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson), plus maybe they got a couple of starters (Calvin Pryor and Jayce Amaro). It took Bilal 4 years to become a starter, and he’s apotential free agent, and Jeremy Kearly may be cut. Thats 6 draft classes, and they got little, except to age the team.

    This is not a team on the comeback, unless they draft very well the next few years. If they draft “above average” coupled with the aging vets they have, they won’t be doing much any time soon.

  12. thejuddstir says: Jan 30, 2016 11:47 AM

    Smartest move Silver Spoon Woody ever made was getting rid of Wrecks, too bad it took him so long. Now let’s see how long it takes the Bills, especially now that they have the “twin disasters” running the team into the ground.

  13. hawk944 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:07 PM

    Revis’s contract and age will impact negatively how young the JETS can get. He is still a good corner but getting slower, last year is a case in point, is he really worth that much money?

  14. PatriotDown says: Jan 30, 2016 12:12 PM

    As a Patriots fan that has long enjoyed the “Border War” gotta give grudging respect to the Jets and their improved coaching staff. And Bowles’ stoic sideline demeanor almost reminded me in some ways of Coach Belichick – quite a difference from the headphone tossing tantrums poor Rex used to throw. Great hire by NY and the new GM also seems pretty capable.

  15. billsbackto81 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:35 PM

    thejuddstir says:
    Jan 30, 2016 11:47 AM

    Smartest move Silver Spoon Woody ever made was getting rid of Wrecks, too bad it took him so long. Now let’s see how long it takes the Bills, especially now that they have the “twin disasters” running the team into the ground.
    ———————————————————————————
    Rex took his practice squad into the last game of the season and crushed the dreams of Jets fans. Bowles maybe a competent coach, maybe. But what you Jets fans tend to forget is that it was Woody Johnson ruined your team the last 3 years, not Rex. Your players loved Rex, LOVED HIM!! Your team finally decides to spend money to build a decent team and you heap all the praise on a first year HC that at times looked clueless. If they did it for Rex you’d be in the playoffs. He’s done it with less. After his first year in Buffalo he can pretty much tell the whole Jets organization, ” Hey, what it tastes like?”

  16. tylawspick6 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:37 PM

    This guy is a moron. It’s 2010 all over again.

    You don’t build a team overnight.

    They’re still in a raging cap hell and are very old in some key spots.

    Absolutely delusional.

  17. tylawspick6 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:50 PM

    “stoic demeanor” from Bowles? The guy is a dumb as a bag of rocks. Jim Caldwell is “stoic”, too, or some might call it a look of bewilderment and then being pleasantly surprised on the back end IF something goes right.

    Don’t confuse the two. LMAO

    Jets won’t get lucky next year in their games and with that schedule.

  18. lscottman3 says: Jan 30, 2016 12:50 PM

    Pats fan here
    Please give Fitz all the money ha asks for
    Thank you

  19. carloswlassiter says: Jan 30, 2016 1:22 PM

    I’ve run the numbers and performed some detailed analysis and I have concluded that, yes, 10-6 IS better than 4-12.

  20. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 30, 2016 1:23 PM

    Woody
    You are the #2 team in your own stadium
    And always will be
    Thanks for helping pay to build it

    The NY Giants

  21. icebergsimpson says: Jan 30, 2016 1:33 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jan 30, 2016 9:08 AM

    Imagine what they could have done with a NFL QB?

    ——-

    I agree, If they had Derek Carr or Jameis Winston at QB they would be a 12 win team and had a playoff berth.

  22. longislandblitz says: Jan 30, 2016 1:56 PM

    Everybody talking bad about Fitz clearly doesn’t watch the Jets or know what they are talking about.31 Tds 15 ints 3,905 passing yards two 1,000 plus yard wrs in Marshall and Decker.But yea Derek Carr and Jamies Winston would have done much better lol I seriously doubt it.He broke the Jets all time passing TD record

  23. icebergsimpson says: Jan 30, 2016 2:33 PM

    longislandblitz says:
    Jan 30, 2016 1:56 PM

    Everybody talking bad about Fitz clearly doesn’t watch the Jets or know what they are talking about.31 Tds 15 ints 3,905 passing yards two 1,000 plus yard wrs in Marshall and Decker.But yea Derek Carr and Jamies Winston would have done much better lol I seriously doubt it.He broke the Jets all time passing TD record

    ——

    That’s a testament to Marshall and Decker. Fitz put those number in garbage time. When the game was on the line in multiple games he got rattled and caved in. Not exactly a premier QB.

  24. ohand16 says: Jan 30, 2016 3:41 PM

    The truth is, they cannot win a Super Bowl with any of the QB’s on the roster. And if that’s the goal – which it should be – they are no closer than a large number of other teams. That’s the sad reality for the Jets. Guys like Mangold , Revis and Harris will be long gone before they sniff the Super Bowl.

  25. omegalh says: Jan 30, 2016 3:47 PM

    While I am a Jets fan, they had the easiest schedule of the non-playoff teams and still blew 2 or 3 games. I think next season will be interesting with a harder schedule and I’d expect a step back unless Bowles can get the defense to be consistent.

  26. jackofnotrades says: Jan 30, 2016 6:35 PM

    jets schedule next year is absolutely brutal…6 wins they will be lucky to win

  27. fanofpft says: Jan 31, 2016 6:10 PM

    The underlying dysfunction is still there. Fitz came unraveled in the end. The QB they wanted to go would have done so throughout the season.

  28. youbettercallsaul says: Jan 31, 2016 10:02 PM

    Imagine the jets record if Geno had been your QB? You’d have a top 5 pick in the draft.

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