Jets owner Woody Johnson is very optimistic about the future of the clubs

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Woody Johnson feels your pain, Jets fans.

The Jets owner said he’s aware of how frustrated his fanbase is after 11 seasons without a playoff game and six without a winning record. Johnson described himself as “active on social media” and sees the frustration of even those who tweet him to sell the team.

“I’ve been doing this for 22 years,” said Johnson, who bought the Jets in 2000. “I’ve heard all this before, right? That shows their interest. There is a level of poignancy in their interest. When they express themselves, I find that positive, because that’s how I feel. I feel their pain as they say. If they express themselves, I think go ahead.”

Johnson, who met with the media here during NFL ownership meetings, said he believes the Jets are ready to turn things around.

Jets coach Robert Salah (left) and owner Woody Johnson.
Bill Kostron

“I’m feeling really, really good,” Johnson said of the team’s direction. “I’m very optimistic. We’ve had a terrible couple of seasons. We won four games last year. Before that we won two games. This is obviously not where we want to be, so let’s address that now. We make it big. I think you saw what we did in free agency. No trades yet but one attempted trade that was quite dynamic and interesting with Tyreek [Hill]. Now we’re down to the draft.”

Johnson pointed to the Jets’ failed bid to land Hill, the speedy wide receiver they tried to trade from the Chiefs last week, as evidence of a sense of urgency in the team to start winning .

“We’re in,” Johnson said. “Just follow what we’ve done. I think we were extremely aggressive and aren’t afraid to take risks and put all of our chips on a player like Tyreek. I can’t really talk much about him. He’s on a different team. But a dynamic player and we want to reiterate that, if we see something that helps the team we’ll try.”

However, being aggressive was never the problem under Johnson. The team made bold trades for quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tim Tebow a long time ago. There was plenty of free hand money spent on Darrelle Revis, Trumaine Johnson and Le’Veon Bell. It wasn’t a willingness to make bold moves, it was poor judgment in those moves.

But Johnson now believes the Jets, with general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh, are right.

“I think you have a synergy of people with Joe and Robert where those two people are absolutely on the same page,” Johnson said. “We didn’t have that every year. This year we do. We did it last year. I find that positive. Joe knows exactly what Robert needs in each position and they have a long list of criteria that they look at. I think we will be more specific than maybe in the past.”

Jets GM Joe Douglas

The Jets just added several players to free agency to improve their roster, and they have nine picks in the next few months’ NFL draft, including four in the top 38. The ammunition is there for the Jets to improve quickly . But Johnson stopped by saying he expects the Jets to be playoff contenders in 2022.

“I never see it that way,” Johnson said. “The way I look at every season, I think we’re going to win every game. But putting such a mark on it doesn’t help us achieve that, in my opinion. Of course we want to win games. That’s what it’s about and doing a lot better than last year. We owe it to our fans and we owe it to the players and coaches, everyone. We all work for the same thing.” Jets owner Woody Johnson is very optimistic about the future of the clubs


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