On Now
Coming Up
  • Mon., Sep. 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT Live Jets Talk LIVE: Pregame

    Get your most compreshensive Monday Night Preview as Jets Insiders are joined with Boomer Esiason & ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson. JTL kicks off at 7:00 p.m. from the Coaches Club at MetLife Stadium.

  • Mon., Sep. 22, 2014 11:30 PM - 11:59 PM EDT Jets Post Game: Bears at Jets Reactions and on-field interviews with Jets players immediately following every Jets game
  • Mon., Sep. 22, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Live Jets Talk LIVE: Postgame Join Jets Insiders for LIVE player reactions following the Bears matchup at MetLife Stadium. Listen in on Rex Ryan's press conference with an analysis from Eric Allen and Amanda Pflugrad. Tweet your questions to @eallenjets and/or @nyjets.
  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Jets Extra Point Analysis of the previous week’s game and exclusive interivews with Jets players and coaches
  • Tue., Sep. 23, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT Inside the Jets

    “Discuss the team’s gameday performance and the Jets’ match-up for the upcoming week. Hosted by Bob Wischusen,“Inside the Jets Radio Show" on ESPN New York 98.7FM is aired weekly the day after every game throughout the season.”

  • Wed., Sep. 24, 2014 12:30 AM - 1:00 AM EDT Jets Open Mic

    Exclusive live "start-to-finish" coverage of Rex Ryan's press conferences

  • Wed., Sep. 24, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Jets Extra Point Analysis of the previous week’s game and exclusive interivews with Jets players and coaches
  • Thu., Sep. 25, 2014 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM EDT Jets Game Plan

    A comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup

  • Fri., Sep. 26, 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT Jets Game Plan A comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup
  • Sat., Sep. 27, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM EDT Jets Game Plan A comprehensive look ahead at the week's upcoming matchup



Johnson Cites ‘Painful’ Losses, Remains Optimistic

Posted Nov 15, 2012

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke with reporters today about his team, expressing disappointment in the record, frustration with some storylines, and optimism for the rest of this season.

"I think the way I feel about the season is 3-6. That's basically the way we feel about it," Johnson told beat reporters in an informal 10-minute outdoors news conference at the Jets' practice ahead of Sunday's game at St. Louis. "Parcells used to say you are what your record says you are, and I believe that, too, so we're 3-6 right now. But I'm going into this game optimistic that we're going to win it, as I've been all season, and for the last 13 seasons, really.

"I'm in a lot of pain this week, again, for losing this game," he said of the 28-7 loss at Seattle. "It's a miserable experience for us, for the team, for me, I know for our fans, people in the media as well. This is a tough, tough thing, to lose any game, particularly as many games as we've lost this year. Very, very tough, painful."

But Johnson spoke positively about the prospects for the last seven games, primarily because he sees the Jets' problems in terms of the self-inflicted wounds that head coach Rex Ryan and the players frequently cite.

"We've been in almost every game. Maybe there are a couple that we didn't really get off to a good start, but we've been in a lot of games, and it's just been kind of careless errors," he said. "Yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected, some of the mistakes we've made are easy to correct, and so we hope we can do it this week."

Johnson deflected all talk of evaluating individuals one game after the season's halfway point. About quarterback Mark Sanchez, the owner said, "He is our franchise quarterback," but also said, "Mark is a player on the team and we're going to evaluate him as we do the other players. He'll be evaluated just like anybody else."

Pressed on head coach Rex Ryan's and general manager Mike Tannenbaum's performances, he declined to give a midseason report card, but he did describe the mood of not just his two football leaders but everyone else at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

"The record says what's going on. We're a 3-6 team," Johnson said. "Are we happy? Are they happy? Are the players happy? I know the fans aren't happy. The answer's no, we're not happy. We're not happy with 3-6. I didn't sign up for a 3-6 season, We haven't had one of these in a while. I'm not happy about it."

As for the ongoing Tim Tebow story, he had no regrets for the March trade with Denver to bring the QB to New Jersey — "We think every player we bring in has something to add to the team and help us win games, and that's why we brought him in."

But Johnson also used a Tebow question to chide Jets and NFL media about regular speculation on the motives of the trade.

"This I really want to clear up," he said. "You guys have been accusing me of this phony story about me being more concerned with PSLs or cash or something else. My job, 1, 2 and 3, is to win games. That's why I got into football to begin with. It's to win games. It's not to sell PSLs or anything else. My job is to win games. That's where my passion is, that's what I want to do, that's why I'm spending all this time in this organization."

Johnson ended his news event on a stern but positive note for the rest of 2012:

"We're going forward. We've got seven games to go and we're going to try to win those games, and I'm optimistic, one game at a time, that we can be OK."

We'll have audio and video of Johnson's news conference on the site later today.

Preseason Live: New York Jets

Recent News