The New York Jets began the season with two losses in what some deemed a throwaway year before it started. Despite the rough start to the season, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, who took over for brother Woody Johnson (U.S. Ambassador to the UK), dismissed the thought that the team is tanking the season. "It couldn't be further from the truth," Johnson said in his first meeting with the media since taking over the team, via NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. "I want to win every game. Every player in that locker room wants to win. What you're seeing are growing pains. I mean, these are young guys. There are some older guys on the team and some of them are doing an extraordinary job. But I think you're going to see this team get better and better and better. That's what I'm looking for and we are definitely not tanking." The Jets spent the offseason shredding veteran players and entered the season with one of the youngest, most shallow rosters in the NFL. After two games the Jets rank 31st in point differential (-34), tied for 27th in turnover differential (-3), and 32nd in points per game allowed (33.0). With more losses likely coming, the jobs of coach Todd Bowels and general manager Mike Maccagnan could come under fire in New York after just three seasons together. Johnson said that win-loss record wouldn't be the deciding factor on whether he would make changes down the road. "Believe me, I like winning a lot more than losses, but that's only part of the equation. The real way to judge this team and the people on it, including me, is are we getting better?" he said. "It's not going to come down to games. It's more about the play on the field. Are we getting better? Losses hurt deeply. I like wins a lot more. But it's not going to be the sole or even a really important way for me to judge Mike and Todd." With a rebuilding roster, it will be tough to judge Bowles, but the progress of young players -- like promising rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye -- could ultimately decide the coach's fate.
Jets CEO: Record will have no impact on Todd Bowles’ future with the team
NFL.com | Sep 20