Jan 8, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson reviews the 2012 season and address changes for 2013 at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

New York Jets Owner Woody Johnson Message to Jets’ Fans: “Be Patient”

This week is the annual NFL employment symposium, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of the get-together is to prepare minority candidates for employment in the league, as far up the ranks as head coach.

Representatives from all of the teams are there, and the Jets are no different. Woody Johnson has been in attendance, and spoke out for the first time yesterday, since the release of Tim Tebow. He had a message for Jets fans:

“That’s absolutely perfect, be patient, be patient, have trust that we’re doing the right thing for your team, we’re trying to do the right thing for your team,” Johnson said at the NFL career development symposium in Philadelphia yesterday. “That’s why John was brought in and the other coaching changes were made; to make us more competitive.”

He continued along this path when talking about the draft:

“You gotta have some faith that these decisions will pan out, the draft is going to work. I’m very confident the draft we had was a good one, we stuck to what we believed in and the way we set things up.”

What about Rex? Does the new tact of patience mean we are going to see Rex past 2013? Will the team consider extending him during the season if the team is starting to improve?

“I would never talk about contracts or anything like that,” Johnson said. “We normally don’t discuss contracts or extensions or anything like that.”

Though Tebow is gone, he expects Mark to be here in camp to compete, as he is “under contract”. For what it’s worth, Woody has adapted the John Idzik mantra:

“Competition makes you better,” Johnson said.

No surprise that he won’t talk about the Rex Ryan issue. He never talks contracts, and there are a lot of things you can say about him, but Woody has been consistent here. Don’t read anything into it.

He’s right, we are going to have to be patient. A lot of these moves will take time to develop. Obviously, losing Darrelle in return for a rookie, for example, does make the defense weaker, at least temporarily.

But we are on the right track, ladies and gentlemen. Give John Idzik and his team time. It will get better.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    before i start i will be working of some assumptions that are common. they may be off base in a couple instances, excuse me for that. first: the team has been better since he took over. we’ve been a playoff team more often than not (or damn close to more often than not) which is more than you could say for hess, probably werblin as well, though he did deliver the trophy. second, he should have fought dolan over the stadium in ny. he never shoulda split the stadium and since he did it shoulda had a dome. if he couldn’t afford it they should have kept the old ugly stadium. modern ugly is not much better than old ugly. he burned through the season ticket waiting list over his stupid psls. he embarrassed the team over that stupid scam where they had some clown win the best seat license bidding (sorry i don’t have the details and don’t feel like looking it up right now. i could upon request). i think he’s in over his head financially. he should butt out as far as who is paid what. set the budget and go buy a green tie that matches the teams colours. don’t worry about who makes what. that’s why you hire a gm. i think he made a great hire for his head coach and showed some balls in keeping him while firing the old gm. i think he also showed some when he fired mangini after a winning season. now go buy your tie and don’t come back until it matches. if you need help let us know. we’re good that way. old men with unmatched clothing should be neither seen nor heard until their presence is requested. and i was nice, i didn’t even talk about how he couldn’t be bothered to interview whats-his-name because he was busy on vacation. you were born rich. your whole life is a vacation. show up when you’re needed, then go on your next vacation. ok, matr, calm down…. ok and lastly, our defense will be better with a live body rookie and without that injury-prone cornerback on injured reserve. we’ll see how long he lasts before he breaks down in the heat of tampa.

    • TheJetPress

      Feel better? Totally agree with all of that Matr, even about Woody needing a better tie. Interesting, thinking he might be over his head financially. I hadn’t thought about it but you may be right…

      • matr dontelli iii

        Thanks, Alan. I was afraid I mighta gone too far with the rant there. He’s done plenty good but he should stay out of the media. He has created a lotta circus-type moments. The pre-election comment woulda been a great time to say nothing.

        • TheJetPress

          Not too far at all, agreed on all counts.