Jets CEO rates trade up in draft as team’s most important move in long time

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The Jets were criticized by some when they moved up three spots in the first round, to No. 3 overall, to position themselves for a quarterback. Now that they have Sam Darnold, who went 16-of-21 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his NFL debut, no one is questioning the Jets’ swapping first-round picks with the Colts and giving up the No. 37 overall choice, the No. 49 overall choice and a second-round pick in 2019.

“I think the trade up to No. 3 was pivotal,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “It’s maybe the most important decision that the organization has made in a long time. Certainly in years.”

Johnson was in an elevator going from the field to the box when Darnold threw the pick-six to open the game. He saw the replay through the glass.

“My heart sank like every Jets fans’ heart sank,” said Johnson, adding he believed in Darnold’s resilience.

Darnold rebounded in a big way, proving the Jets right in their decision to move up in the draft, take him and start him in the season opener.

“He’s wise beyond his years,” Johnson said. “Certainly, his decision-making to this point has indicated so. He’s not prone to big highs and lows. A lot of good and bad will be thrown his way. I think he’s unique in his ability to handle the pressures of New York.”

48 responses to “Jets CEO rates trade up in draft as team’s most important move in long time

  1. It was a lot too give up at the time but a move that had too be made. They can thank the browns and giants for letting darnold get through. It’s only one game but if darnold stinks a lot of people would be very wrong. It’s nice as a die hard jets fan too feel like our luck has finally changed. It’s been a long time since we have had this kind of hope and excitement. Let’s go jets

  2. He is easy too root for. Just a humble calm kid. Everything we need too turn this franchise around. Keep upgrading the line and address the pass rush and the jets are going too be contending soon. Eventually Brady will retire lol one of these years. The guy has ruined my life for a long time

  3. Dolphins suck their secondarybisnt scaring any1 nor is their offense. The jets may lose this week but let’s not act like Miami is a formidable opponent. And Tannehill blows

  4. A bold proclamation declaring success after one game is usually reserved for front offices of inept teams. And there you have it.

  5. After he faces the stout Dolphin defense and throws 3 picks while getting sacked 5 times the hype of week one will die down.

  6. imonfire2niteoyeah says:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:14 pm
    Let’s all take a chill pill. The lions are a garbage team with a trash coach. Miami’s secondary will bring that kid back to earth.
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    You may be on fire. Pour some water on yourself.

    The Dolphins are garbage. By; the fourth game of the season when they are 1-3 you will have no choice but to face the truth. They are going no where.

  7. A whole lots of crybabies here trying to down the Jets as they watch them take over the AFC East and likely entire NFL with their new franchise QB and $100 mil in cap space. Sorry not sorry clowns!

  8. Self-delusion is the worse kind of delusion. Pump the brakes big boy, its a long NFL season and you might look back at it in the spring when the Lions are drafting first and say maybe you jumped the gun a bit in your overall assessment.

  9. Chris Johnson is doing a very good job running the jets in my opinion.

    If I were a Jets fan, I’d be hoping that Woody Johnson stays aaay form this team as long as possible!

    Culture and leadership start form the top down, and that was always something missing when Woody was running the team.

  10. Funny how after his first pass ended in a pick 6 fans rushed to this very site to say “We made a huge mistake!”

    Patience is a virtue: The ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset is a valuable quality in a person.

    Does not seem to be as valued these days?

  11. Ultimately, I believe this will turn out to be a ‘TRUE FACT’, but to announce and declare it after one game is ‘BIZZARE’! I could understand the comment coming after Darnold has played 6-8 games, but after just one game, come on; really?

  12. and the haters have been cued. Of course it’s only one game…we all realize that.

    But he looks the part and we’re enjoying it. If you don’t like that, too bad.

    we’ll get back to everybody in a few months or so and talk about his progress and his outlook for the future. thanks 🙂

  13. Grown men talking about a jinx? I’m sure that’s exactly how it will go down. What was he suppose to say ? How dare he believe in his number 3 overall pick. Hahahahahahahahaha

  14. jets2469 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Dolphins suck their secondarybisnt scaring any1 nor is their offense. The jets may lose this week but let’s not act like Miami is a formidable opponent. And Tannehill blows

    16 7 Rate This

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    Right. This means you will lose.

  15. Prepare his bronze statue for Canton.

    Oh my Lord, really? “No one is questioning the Jets” moving up? Lots of people are questioning it. They gave up three premium picks to move up a couple of spots. Even if somebody else traded in to snag Darnold, Josh Rosen would have been available, Lamar Jackson would have been available. We still can’t say that Darnold is better than those guys based on one game against a Lions defense that completely self-destructed, along with the rest of the team.

  16. “Eventually Brady will retire lol one of these years. The guy has ruined my life for a long time”

    Geeze guy I hope there’s more to you life than being a Jets fan. That’s a mighty sad occupation if its all you have, and a lot more than Brady has ruined the Jets since their sole SB win oh so long ago.

  17. This exact same thing was said about “The Sanchise”.

    Literally, word for word.

    Both Woody and Chris come from the same gene pool. Arrogance and entitlement, while reading your press clipoings is not s recipe for success.

  18. I am not sure about that I mean Sanchez really didn’t work out, oh wait when they traded up to get Dornald. I thought they were talking about the last time they traded up like that Sorry for the confusion.

  19. nhpats says:
    September 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    “198 yards with two touchdowns and an interception”

    This is a huge thing for Jets ownership? yeah…aim high guys….

    Listen clown………your 42 year old QB tossed 1 more TDs and for 80 more yards……..ag home……..and BARELY won the game. Get back in your clown car and move along before we all pinch your funny looking red nose…….CLOWN!

  20. I am waiting for the Jets to anoint this guy the next Joe Namath a mediocre QB at best but who was on one Super Bowl winning Jets team.
    The pathetic Jets are so hard up, there opinion of Darnold being based on ONE GAME.
    Two td’s, big deal

  21. I’m happy for Jets fans and glad it appears they have something to hang their hats on. Everyone said the Jets would suck last year as they dumped high paid stars. They had a poor record but were very competitive in most games. HC Bowles is the exact opposite of the bombastic Rex Ryan and his players appear to have responded to him. While I do not think they will be a playoff team this year, I do think they will surprise a number of teams and are certainly headed in the right direction. But I do not think 9-7 will make the playoffs in the AFC this year.

  22. tylawspick6 says:

    September 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    jets2469 says:
    September 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    Dolphins suck their secondarybisnt scaring any1 nor is their offense. The jets may lose this week but let’s not act like Miami is a formidable opponent. And Tannehill blows

    16 7 Rate This
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    Right. This means you will lose.

    Oh wait. Are you the same “brilliant” prognosticator who claimed Darnold was going to get “eaten alive” before his first game? Pathetic.

  23. Oh my.

    Now we’re in a time where a GM is holding the trophy after the first game of the season?

    Can’t we wait until they actually win something of substance?

    Other than a single game?

    Wth

  24. Please don’t compare Sanchez with Darnold. First, the Jets had the number one defense overall and that had a lot to do with his early success.Second, Darnold doesn’t have that kind of defense and looked good for a rookie. If we had Darnold the year we had the #1 defense, we would have won the Super Bowl.

  25. speaking specifically about the trade…what exactly did people expect it was gonna take to move up into the top 3 of the nfl draft? no matter what your draft slot is, it’s always a fortune to get up there.

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