NY Jets: Ty Johnson talks Robert Saleh, Zach Wilson, and much more in exclusive interview

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Ty Johnson's first impressions of Robert Saleh and the NY Jets' new coaching staff

JF: "That's just the way of life there. Obviously, the Jets made a lot of changes this offseason. They brought in a new coaching staff. What have been your first impressions of Coach Saleh, Coach LaFleur, and the whole staff?

TJ: "Just the energy, really. You know when you feel something and it just feels right? You can't really explain it. Like when some people get married and they know it's the right person. Or when you buy a house and you know that this is the one. With Joe [Douglas], [Rex] Hogan, Woody [Johnson], and Chris [Johnson] bringing in [Robert] Saleh, it just feels right. It feels good. I can't even explain it. You'd have to be in the building to experience it. Change is coming and I'm excited for it. Coach Saleh can get anyone amped up. I was talking to him during Phase 1 and I wanted to run through a brick wall for that guy. And before I even met him, when they were doing those Instagram videos of him, I could tell this guy had some sauce to him. It was about to be a good year. He's a defensive-minded coach so he's going to cheat the drills a little for the defense. That's what all coaches do. But man you could just feel the energy. It's great man."

JF: "I'm not even in that building and I could feel it. Like you said, just watching videos of this dude, watching him on TV, seeing that energy he brings. I could feel it through the screen. I can only imagine what it's like being in that locker room.

You kind of touched on it already, but there seems to be a renewed sense of optimism with the organization now. What's the vibe like at One Jets Drive? Is that same optimism being shared by the guys in the locker room?"

TJ: "Oh of course. And it's not like we're going to try to be better than two wins. We're not trying to win three games. We're trying to play every week to win. We're ready to stomp people out. We're ready to smack them in the face and jump off the ball. That's the biggest thing. Jumping off the ball with violence and physicality. We're coming ready to play. And I think that's going to show because all the guys believe in that and they believe in the process of everything that Coach Saleh and the organization are doing. There are a lot of guys at One Jets Drive and they all feel it. From the analytics/logistics team to the chefs to the people that clean up after us. Everyone is just psyched to get this thing rolling."

Ty Johnson on the NY Jets' running back competition

JF: "Aside from the coaching staff, the roster experienced quite a bit of turnover as well. There are new names in the backfield with Tevin Coleman and Michael Carter. Of course, you, La'Mical Perine, and Josh Adams are all returning. What's your mindset going into the season knowing that there's going to be some stiff competition?"

TJ: "Just play really. Just have fun with it. Obviously the coaches have already set who they want to be there for the season. But I'm really just coming in to have fun with it. When I get my chances I'm going to make the most of them. I got a family that loves me and wants to see me playing, and I want to play too. We got a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things and I think each and every one of those skill sets will be utilized to make the running back room successful. So my mindset with that is just to have fun and just play man. I don't read articles or anything like that. I try to stay away from all that because everyone's going to have an opinion. I just try to play my heart out and have fun with it."

JF: "That's really the only mindset you can have. Control what you can control and do what you can when you're out there. There are a lot of talented guys on the roster and we'll see how everything shakes out."