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.