Jets Owner Woody Johnson Sounds Off on “Disappointing” Season
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson seethed about the team’s frustrating 7-10 season in 2023 in an interview with reporters at the NFL Honors ceremony in Las Vegas on Thursday. Of note, the Jets owner took a shot at backup quarterback Zach Wilson and issued a decry to Head Coach Robert Saleh and GM Joe Douglas.
“You need a backup quarterback. We didn’t have one last year,” Johnson said when asked about the team seeking a backup quarterback this offseason instead of Aaron Rodgers missing almost an entire season after tearing his Achilles last September.
The statement was seen as a slight at backup quarterback Zach Wilson. Wilson struggled this past season in a year that was supposed to be a red-shirt year for the third-year quarterback. Many expect the Jets to either trade or release Wilson when the off-season kicks off after the Big Game.
Red Carpet Interview
In an interview on the red carpet with NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, Johnson seemed irritated when discussing the matter. He stressed the Jets’ beleaguered offense must be fixed. Watch below.
Saleh & Douglas hot Seat?
On his head coach Robert Saleh and General Manager Joe Douglas, Johnson was very matter of fact that the 2024 season is a big year.
“The discussions I’ve had in the last couple of months, they’ve seen me about as mad as I can be with what was going on, with the offense particularly,” Johnson said, according to reports. “We have all this talent, and we have to deploy talent properly. So I think they all got the message. This is it. This is the time to go. We’ve got to produce this year.”
This has already been a busy off-season for Gang Green who said goodbye to Assistant GM Rex Hogan and Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander (signed with the Chargers as assistant GM). New York owns the 10th pick in the April Draft, and figures to spend big bucks on the offensive line, wide receiver, and backup quarterback.