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Jets CEO raises expectations while joking of bizarre Super Bowl celebration

March 24, 2019 | 11:51pm

 
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PHOENIX — After spending more than $120 million in free agency, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson expects his team to be better — much better.

“I sure as hell hope we’re a playoff team,” Johnson said Sunday at the annual league meetings. “Look, I want to win every game. We can’t get there fast enough. I’ve said it before: I’m an impatient man. I want this team to win. I think we have a really good chance to be a quite good team this year.”

Johnson said he would not deliver a playoffs-or-else mandate for general manager Mike Maccagnan or new coach Adam Gase, but he clearly has elevated expectations after the team’s spending spree. The Jets added running back Le’Veon Bell, linebacker C.J. Mosley and wide receiver Jamison Crowder in free agency. They also made a trade for guard Kelechi Osemele.

The Jets have won a combined 14 games over the past three seasons, something that cost coach Todd Bowles his job. Maccagnan survived, but this may be his last chance to get the roster right.

“These were impact players,” Johnson said. “These are kind of like a wish list. As a matter of fact, it is a wish list because we put together the list prior to free agency and we got a number of the people we were hoping for. I think this team is better right now than it was a month ago.”

With the addition of a big-name player like Bell and quarterback Sam Darnold entering his second season, the Jets feel like they are on the upswing. The crosstown Giants are in full rebuilding mode after trading away Odell Beckham Jr.

 

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Johnson was asked if he think the Jets can overtake the Giants in New York City.

 

“Honestly, I’m not that worried about that,” Johnson said. “I just want to win games. All that can come. Look, if we win a Lombardi Trophy, I’ll wear it around like a crown until people are sick of me and say, ‘you take that off his head.’ In the meantime, I just want to do what I can to make this a better team and the rest of the chips will fall where they may.”

Even after the spending spree, Johnson acknowledged the Jets still have work to do. He did not mention specific positions, but the Jets are still thin on the offensive line and at cornerback to name a few. Despite those holes, he feels good about the fact they built the team up around Darnold.

“It starts, to a great extent, with protecting Sam and giving him targets,” Johnson said. “I think we’ve done a good job there, not only the people we have coming in free agency but the players that were coming along last year, specifically Chris Herndon. I think seeing his growth, his connection with Sam and then you throw in Bell, who I think will open up Robby and Quincy and Crowder. I think that that is a really good recipe for success.

 

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“Of course we need a lot of other pieces and we’re working on that. We’re not completely done with free agency. We haven’t even gotten to the draft, but I’m really excited about it.”

 

One player the Jets missed out on was linebacker Anthony Barr, who agreed to a deal with them and then backed out to rejoin the Vikings hours later.

“We want people on our team who want to be New York Jets,” Johnson said. “Not everybody wants to be in New York. If he didn’t want to be here, that’s fine. It’s disappointing when someone backs out on an agreement, but we want people who are all in.”

The free agents are not the only new thing about the Jets. The team is unveiling new uniforms next week.

“I love the new jerseys,” Johnson said. “The players who have seen them love them. They’re frankly the people I want to please most in this process. I want them to feel great in their uniforms. I think it’s about time for us to have a new look. I think this is going to be well-received. These things are pretty badass I think.”

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17 minutes ago, Freemanm said:

I sure as hell hope we’re a playoff team,” Johnson said Sunday at the annual league meetings. “Look, I want to win every game. We can’t get there fast enough. I’ve said it before: I’m an impatient man. I want this team to win. I think we have a really good chance to be a quite good team this year.”

Hire. A. Team. President. Who. Knows. Things. You. Dippy. Bitch.

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I thought Johnson's comments were generally basic, normal, moderately intelligent comments, but, of course, they have to be twisted and misquoted for the most salacious impact and controversial headlines. 

IMHO Cris Johnson always sounds like he has some sense - unlike Woody for the most part.  The winning the Lombardi trophy and wearing it like a crown was just a stupid throw away joke line, but, of course, it becomes a headline in NYC

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32 minutes ago, bitonti said:

>Look, if we win a Lombardi Trophy, I’ll wear it around like a crown until people are sick of me and say, ‘you take that off his head.

 

that's not how trophies work, Chris 

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7 minutes ago, Sarge4Tide said:

I thought Johnson's comments were generally basic, normal, moderately intelligent comments, but, of course, they have to be twisted and misquoted for the most salacious impact and controversial headlines. 

IMHO Cris Johnson always sounds like he has some sense - unlike Woody for the most part.  The winning the Lombardi trophy and wearing it like a crown was just a stupid throw away joke line, but, of course, it becomes a headline in NYC

Ownership still hasnt released the details of Gase's contract. 

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I really like Chris Johnson.  I don't get the extreme hate or dislike for him. 

C J really has been in charge for really two years and has had to learn as he goes.

He's wealthy, so?  Would he be more knowledgeable if he were poor?

At the end of the day he loves the Jets and wants to win and is doing all he can to try and win and I for one can't fault him for that...

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5 minutes ago, Charlie Brown said:

I really like Chris Johnson.  I don't get the extreme hate or dislike for him. 

C J really has been in charge for really two years and has had to learn as he goes.

He's wealthy, so?  Would he be more knowledgeable if he were poor?

At the end of the day he loves the Jets and wants to win and is doing all he can to try and win and I for one can't fault him for that...

He kept Mac, Chris sucks.

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5 minutes ago, Charlie Brown said:

I really like Chris Johnson.  I don't get the extreme hate or dislike for him. 

C J really has been in charge for really two years and has had to learn as he goes.

He's wealthy, so?  Would he be more knowledgeable if he were poor?

At the end of the day he loves the Jets and wants to win and is doing all he can to try and win and I for one can't fault him for that...

On Sunday, he said there was no playoffs-or-bust mandate for a GM who's entering year five, but also said "I think it's about time for us to have a new look." Keep this in mind when you try to convince yourself that he wants to win.

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4 hours ago, bitonti said:

>Look, if we win a Lombardi Trophy, I’ll wear it around like a crown until people are sick of me and say, ‘you take that off his head.

 

that's not how trophies work, Chris 

But remember.....he has no experience with trophies so of course he doesn't know how they work. :P 

 

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2 hours ago, Charlie Brown said:

I really like Chris Johnson.  I don't get the extreme hate or dislike for him. 

C J really has been in charge for really two years and has had to learn as he goes.

He's wealthy, so?  Would he be more knowledgeable if he were poor?

At the end of the day he loves the Jets and wants to win and is doing all he can to try and win and I for one can't fault him for that...

Agreed. It's been almost as if we have had an engaged owner since the team was turned over to him.  I prefer CJ to Woody. He seems to really want to get this hands dirty and assist with the operation.  

And this interview was funny. Wearing the trophy on his head?  What the hell is wrong with saying he would be so proud as to make himself look like a moron in response to winning the bowl? People are just being poopy pants. It's understandable, but come on already. 

He also said protecting Darnold is the priority.  That's good to hear. It sounds like CJ won't stand for Darnold running for his life. This is great news for us guys who want to grab OL in the first rd. Even if we have to Reach if we can't trade back. 

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