Woody Johnson preaches patience, building through draft

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The Jets have made some changes to their group of assistant coaches and they need a new offensive coordinator in the wake of Chan Gailey’s retirement, but the team stood pat when it came to coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan.

Owner Woody Johnson said on Thursday that he was disappointed by the Jets’ 5-11 season, but that he still believes that Bowles and Maccagnan can build a consistent winner. He also stressed patience as a virtue in that construction process by saying that the team will “primarily” build through the draft while sprinkling in free agency and trades to round out the roster.

That hasn’t been the team’s mode of operation for most of the time that Johnson has owned the team as they have looked to outside veterans to fill key roles regardless of who was coaching or running the personnel department. That hasn’t led to the kind of sustained success that every team is trying to find, although any real attempt to move in a different direction is going to require the Jets to do a much better job of drafting.

With a handful of exceptions, the team’s drafts have been unproductive for a long time and that’s made looking in other directions for help a necessity in order to put any kind of competitive team on the field. Should that continue, it seems likely that patience will wear thin and the Jets will look for others to put together the team.

Of course, that decision may rest with someone other than Johnson given reports that he will be named the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and relinquish day-to-day control of the team. Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Johnson didn’t address those reports on Thursday beyond calling them speculation.

35 responses to “Woody Johnson preaches patience, building through draft

  1. Where as career diplomats are overshadowed because of pay to play what does he know about diplomacy etc, if he cant even run his own team.

  2. Patience…what patience? What planet has Woody been living on since 1968? The Jets have not been relevant in the country’s largest market since Super Bowl III. Maybe he should sell the team and move on.

  3. Patience. Ha! 1969 was a long time ago. I wasn’t even born yet. But be patient. It’s coming LOL!

  4. .
    Including the punter and kicker, there are 24 starting positions on the Jets. Jets fans should reasonably ask, ” how many new starters does this team need”?

    Now, figure out how the Jets can acquire that number, considering the draft is only 7 rounds and they have no cap space. It’s quite a conundrum.
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  5. In other words, “I’m going to keep giving Jets fans an awful product and fleecing them for every penny I can.”

    One of the worst owners by far.

  6. Jets fans don’t listen, the previous regimes only drafted two starters since 2007 before Maccagnan got there. Maccagnan has given you Robby Anderson, Brandon Shell, Jordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin, Leonard Williams, and Darron Lee in two years. But yes, let’s fire the guy who has gotten more out of two drafts then Idzik, Tannenbaum and Bradway ever could and fire everyone else so we can have our annual 1-2 years of success and then complain about not having a consistent winner when things go wrong.

  7. I hate when someone says something to make me feel sorry for the Jets and their fan base, but I think it is safe to say that their fans have tried to be patient for almost 50 years now since the Jets were last relevant.

    Stop with the b.s. Woody, you have owned the team this entire millennium and you can’t even give them a stadium in New York. If you want to give Jets fans some hope, sell the team.

  8. Woody tripped over his own two feet to sign Revis to be the “Face of the Franchise”. He’d do it again in a second. He may not be as flat out awful as Irsay but clearly one of the 5 worst owners in the league.

  9. If the Jets are smart, and that’s a big if, they will build their team that way. If it takes 3 years, you have to figure New England and Brady will be done, so the Jets could look to have sustained success. But it won’t win the back pages.

  10. “If it takes 3 years, you have to figure New England and Brady will be done”

    Brady quite possibly, but Belichick will still be there and I don’t see the Pats losing control of the division as long as he’s coaching.

    And I expect at least 10 more years of Belichick coaching, if not 15.

  11. The best part is, the guy he’s been jealous of and worked to cheat (Kraft) and the coach/GM who has had the blueprint for 15 years (BB), where Woody has done the opposite, in stupefying fashion, now admits that the Pats approach to success is the way to go, as he hands over the reigns to his dumb little brother?

    bawhaha!

  12. The Jets actually had a good draft last year, every pick made the roster. Now they need another one to replace a few older vets. Move Revis to Safety.

  13. 17 years ago yesterday, Bill Belichick resigned as the “HC of the NYJ.” He knew 17 years ago what kind of an owner Woody would be.

    The Jets loss was the Patriots’ win. So, not only is Woody responsible for the Jets being a laughingstock, he also is responsible for the Patriots’ success!

    Thanks Woody!

  14. This is the guy that went out and signed Revis to a ridiculous contract and he is preaching patience and to build via the draft. I rate him somewhere between Jed York and Jim Irsay.

  15. “Of course, that decision may rest with someone other than Johnson given reports that he will be named the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and relinquish day-to-day control of the team.”

    Trump must be a Jets fan.

  16. “I think it is safe to say that their fans have tried to be patient for almost 50 years now since the Jets were last relevant.”

    Relevant? Does playing in the AFC championship two years in a row count as relevant? Maybe they haven’t won the super bowl, but you need to learn some definitions.

  17. There is a wonderful episode of the The Twilight Zone wherein a used car salesman buys a car that makes you tell the truth. Assuming Woody bought that car he would have said:

    “Primarily”, I have succeeded by being born into wealth.

  18. “Woody Johnson is the Jimmy Carter of the NFL.”

    You couldn’t be more wrong in your analogy.

  19. “Every pick made the roster” could mean the Jets had a great draft. It could also mean they had a really bad roster.

  20. Woody also gave the Jets a brand new practice facility [top 5 facility in NFL – ask any player] and a brand new stadium in which they shared – which I still don’t understand is a bad thing because its technically better for the environment by using less supplies.

    Jets have made playoffs 13 times in 50 years! Woody J has owned the team for 5 of those playoff teams.

    Why all the hate on this guy? Of course he has not been perfect – but who is.

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