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Bowles, Maccagnan get vote of confidence from owner

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: New York Jets owner Woody Johnson talks on the sidelines before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 15, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images) Getty Images

Colts owner Jim Irsay isn’t the only guy handing out October votes of confidence at the quarterly league meetings. Jets owner Woody Johnson has done the same.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Johnson said that changes won’t be coming for the 1-5 team. (Other than, you know, at quarterback.)

“We got 10 games to go,” Johnson said. “I’m very confident with [coach] Todd Bowles and [G.M.] Mike [Maccagnan],” Johnson said. “I really respect Todd, I know he’s doing what he’s going to do. It’s football. He’s a good coach. I have long-term confidence in him and in Mike and in their teams.”

That’s fine in October, but how will Woody Johnson feel in early January? Keenly aware of the entertainment component of the industry and the fickle nature of his customers, Johnson keeps a constant eye on the bottom line when it comes to football decisions. If the implosion continues, he may have to do something significant in order to appease fans.

Besides, it wouldn’t be the first time Johnson exercised one of the perks of being really rich and owning a football team: Changing his mind without accountability.

“I was told no matter what happens if we bring in Brett Favre, you’re absolutely safe,” former Jets coach Eric Mangini recently said regarding his discussions with Johnson in 2008. “I probably should have gotten that in writing.”

Bowles and Maccagnan now have it in writing, sort of. Not that it will keep Johnson from doing whatever he wants to do, when the time comes to possibly do it.

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17 Responses to “Bowles, Maccagnan get vote of confidence from owner”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:24 AM

    Woody asked only 1 question. Is the money machine still rolling? Yes?

    Great, who cares how many wins we have if the sheep I mean fans are still coughing up the $$$$

  2. TheDPR says: Oct 19, 2016 11:29 AM

    The big mistake on offense was how they handled the QB position. Also Eric Decker is THAT good and losing him is killer.

  3. charliecharger says: Oct 19, 2016 11:31 AM

    I know the Jets have a good roster, but they began the season trying to get it done with a game manager QB, and it’s backfired. Bryce Petty hasn’t been given an opportunity. You have to get guys in the game to see what they can do. You can’t judge by practice.

  4. hamlet423 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:37 AM

    Agreed. They gave Fitz a shot to repeat his 2015 performance and he choked badly.

    They didn’t take Petty and Hackenberg to let them sit forever. Fitz was only on a one year deal anyway and never a long term solution…and the Fitz era is hopefully over.

    Is the best nickname for Fitzpatrick “the noodle armed gunslinger?”

  5. bonitalocal says: Oct 19, 2016 11:42 AM

    Woody said of Bowles…

    “I really respect Todd, I know he’s doing what he’s going to do.”

    Huh? What does that even mean?

  6. ryann252013 says: Oct 19, 2016 11:44 AM

    No matter what you think about Woody he’s in the right on this situation. I’ve been critical but now that I’ve cooled off the Jets are still building and adding depth to the team it’s going to take another draft or two to really fill out this team. Rex, Idzik, and Mike Tannenbaum did a number on this team, only 4 starters remain from their draft classes since 2010 WOW.

  7. nhpats says: Oct 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    Woody went on to say “our only concern is the tough battle we find ourselves in vs. Miami for 3rd place in the division”….

  8. toybkshr says: Oct 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    Ut Oh!

  9. gohometrolls says: Oct 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    As a jets fan I don’t want to see change especially at the GM position McCagnan is doing a good job patience is a good approach with that said Petty had been patient he has good qualities let’s see what he can do it can’t be any worse.

  10. vottorific says: Oct 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    Kiss of death. Every time.

  11. laces out says: Oct 19, 2016 12:29 PM

    Will Johnson owns the Jets? I didn’t know his new contract was that big!

  12. intrafinesse says: Oct 19, 2016 12:39 PM

    As a Jets fan I want:

    1 – to tank so they can get a real QB.

    2 – start Bryce petty – as a developmental prospect. Maybe he does at least so-so. And it will help him learn. Geno Smith has no future with the team, no point in playing him unless you want to tank. But then you don’t develop your young QBs

    3 – Todd Bowles is not cut out to be a HC. I want him gone, but give him another year because the Jets wont be able to get anyone good if they are constantly firing HCs and GMs like the Browns.

    4 – Mike Maccagnan is a mediocre GM at best. I guess give him another year for the same reason you give Bowles another year, no one good will want the job if you fire GMs every 2 years.

    5 – Start playing Sheldon Richardson as a defensive lineman not as a line backer. He’s a very good DLman and it’s a waste to put him at LB.

  13. intrafinesse says: Oct 19, 2016 12:42 PM

    >>gohometrolls says:
    Oct 19, 2016 12:09 PM
    As a jets fan I don’t want to see change especially at the GM position McCagnan is doing a good job patience is a good approach with that said Petty had been patient he has good qualities let’s see what he can do it can’t be any worse.

    Other than the Brandon Marshall trade (which worked out very well), and drafting Leonard Williams (that was luck he fell to them at #6, he was teh #1 prospect in 2015) what has Maccagnan done well.

    How are his free agent hirings? Pretty bad, over paid, inneffective

    His drafting? Other than Leonard Williams (who fell to them) what good players has he drafted?

    He mishandled DBrickshaw ferguson and had to waste a draft pick to get an expensive and mediocre Ryan Cldy. Maybe he could have approached Ferguson after the season and discussed a pay cut rather than trying to strong arm him after free agency.

  14. onereasonableman says: Oct 19, 2016 12:56 PM

    Does anyone else find it weird that Woody wears baseball hats all the time? It just looks plain goofy with the suit.

    I guess when you’re rich, you just get to do whatever the hell you want.

  15. bobthebillsfan says: Oct 19, 2016 2:48 PM

    Look at the picture. Just look at the picture. He looks like someone just told him 1+1=2 and he is trying hard to understand it.

  16. jag1959 says: Oct 19, 2016 7:14 PM

    The Jets have had a brutal schedule so far. Bowles is a victim of his own success from last year, give it time. Well…time and a decent QB

  17. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Oct 19, 2016 11:40 PM

    VOC=KOD

    Vote of confidence=Kiss of death

    just sayin’

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