NY Jets: Major credit must be given to Woody Johnson


The NY Jets are building some incredible momentum these past few weeks but major credit must be given to owner Woody Johnson for creating his vision of good for 2015 and beyond.

The Jets have been quite the interesting franchise to say the least since their inception in 1959. Besides their one Super Bowl championship back when Joe Namath was making headlines on Broadway, the Jets have produced many incredible memories, much heartache and spawned generations of some of the most dedicated fans you’ll find in the NFL.

Fast forward to where things are currently, many view the leadership of head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan as some of the main reasons of their recent success. Going into the second week of December, the Jets are riding a two-game winning streak with an overall record of 7-5. They’re already much better than anything fans saw they did last season.

It’s always great to play meaningful football in December and the Jets are in a great position to continue stringing along enough wins for a ticket into the NFL Playoffs. I remember this past off-season when Johnson fired both Rex Ryan and John Idzik that it would be interesting to see what direction he wanted to take this franchise in with the people he’d hire as their replacements.

He hired the best of the best in the business to help search for the right tandem to put the Jets back in a more respectable and winning direction. He wanted to bring in quality individuals that were intelligent enough to know the ins and outs of what it takes to be successful in the grand scheme of things. So far, Johnson found the perfect leadership regime to put his franchise in a position to earn major respect back from their fans.

Jan 21, 2015; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets new general manager Mike Maccagnan (left), owner Woody Johnson (center), and new head coach Todd Bowles (right) pose for a photo during a press conference at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports

Things seemed really gloomy for the Jets after the debacle that was last season as it almost seems like a distant memory compared to the success that this season has been so far. It’s not perfect but one has to admit that Johnson did what was best for the Jets and hired competent people while giving them the all the trust in the world to build their staff to create the vision of good he wanted all along.

Major credit should be given to Johnson for not only having the mindset of hiring a special team to find the best head coach/general manager combo but for always wanting to do what is right for the Jets. He’s not perfect but I can honestly say, so far from what I’ve seen, he got the absolute best people for the job to build an incredible foundation for a very bright and successful future.

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Bowles even said he was happy to not only deliver a win for the Jets over the NY Giants but to also give the actual game ball to Johnson. Here is what Bowles had to say about this special win courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On what it was like to see Owner Woody Johnson after his first win ever over the Giants…

That’s why I gave him the game ball. He hadn’t beaten the Giants since he’s been the owner here. I think it was 23 years ago and he’s been the owner 16 years. It was just a great victory, it was a great team victory. Something that brought everybody together and hopefully closer (and) for us to catapult and go forward, you’d like to think. It was a great atmosphere in the locker room.