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


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.

27 responses to “Owner says 8-8 won’t cut it for the Jets this year

  1. .
    Buffalo, Miami and New England all seemed to enhance their rosters in the off season. The Jets not so much.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

    Wait, what????

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

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