Woody Johnson wouldn’t speak specifically about the long-term future of head coach or general manager, but the Jets owner made it clear Thursday that he’s not happy with the team’s losing record.
Johnson said he was in “a lot of pain” this week, following the team’s 28-7 loss in Seattle last week, and said it was “a miserable experience for us” and for their fans.”
But the team owner refused to discuss the performance of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum.
“I think the record says what’s going on,” said Johnson, who took a break during practice to address reporters. “We’re a 3-6 team. 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 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, yet I am optimistic that some of these things that can be corrected. Some of the mistakes we’ve made are easy to correct.”
After back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, the Jets imploded down the stretch last season and failed to make the playoffs at 8-8. The team again appears headed for disaster, with frustrations mounting and anonymous chirping internally.
The Jets have lost three games in a row and five of their past six. Worse, Ryan’s team has dropped 11 of 14 since their 2010 AFC title-game loss to the Steelers.
But a testy Johnson insisted the Jets aren’t in a downward spiral. “Absolutely not,” he said. “…The body of work? We know what the body of work is. 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.”
When pressed further about being 11-14, dating back to Ryan’s second season, Johnson said: “I’m upset by 3-6. I don’t like to lose games…You know that.”
The key to turning the season around, said Johnson, is cutting down on self-inflicted wounds like turnovers and penalties.