Sunday, March 23, 2014

Woody Johnson removing 'patient' from vocabulary


Last summer, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson asked the Gang Green faithful to just sit tight, assuring that better days were ahead for his beloved team.

It is in fact a new day, but the "better" part is yet to be determined. And Johnson doesn't expect fans to wait much longer.

"I’m not going to use the word 'patient' anymore," Johnson said Sunday, according to the NY Daily News. "We want to do it now. Our job is to perform for our audience and that’s what we want to do."

Patience was required last season, as the Jets fielded mostly run-of-the-mill talent on offense led by rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Coach Rex Ryan worked magic to get the team to an 8-8 finish, which was about as good is it was going to get.

This year, however, the Jets have had the finances to make some big moves in free agency, signing quarterback Michael Vick and receiver Eric Decker to bolster the offense. They're not done, as they're expected to make a run at receiver DeSean Jackson if/when he's released by the Philadelphia Eagles -- and have plenty of capital left to do so.

And while the defense has its concerns on the back end, it will again be led by arguably the league's best defensive line, which should only get better behind Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets are still young, but it's a win-now league.

“Look at the difference between last year and this year,” Johnson said, citing examples of teams that have made quick turnarounds. “The team can turn very fast in the NFL

". . . I think we’re trying to put ourselves in position to accomplish those objectives.”

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