Jets Proprietor Christopher Johnson: 'No Mandate' For Playoffs In 2018

Head coach Todd Bowles and common supervisor Mike Maccagnan are getting into their fourth yr answerable for the Jets. Of their first three seasons collectively, the companions led the crew to a 20-28 file, together with 10-22 during the last two years. Going again additional, the Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010. They have not performed in or received a Tremendous Bowl since 1968.

The fan base’s endurance is operating on empty.

But, regardless of all this, proprietor Christopher Johnson stated Tuesday there’s “no mandate” to make the postseason in 2018. Johnson gave Bowles and Maccagnan two-year extensions final week that hold each below contract by 2020.

“I need to get to the playoffs. I need to construct a crew with Mike and Todd that may compete for the playoffs yearly, and that may’t occur quick sufficient,” Johnson stated in Florham Park. “However there isn’t any mandate.”

Many take a look at Bowles’ file, particularly prior to now two seasons, and query whether or not he really deserved an extension, or if he is the suitable man to guide the Jets to sustained success.

Johnson identified the “actually tough scenario” Bowles inherited this season, after Maccagnan chopped the Jets’ payroll final offseason by slicing a slew of extremely paid veterans.

“I feel you are going to see that change going ahead,” Johnson stated. “I feel that the followers are going to be pleased with our motion as we go into the subsequent yr.”

Earlier this season, Johnson stated he wouldn’t choose Bowles based mostly on wins and losses, and he stayed true to that assertion when making the choice to offer the 54-year-old coach an extension. The Jets completed 5-11 and misplaced 9 of their ultimate 11 video games, however Johnson spoke fondly of the locker room cohesion Bowles cultivated. Johnson known as Bowles a “nice coach” and stated he knew “early within the season” he was going to carry Bowles again. He believes each Bowles and Maccagnan are “actually fairly extraordinary.”

“I advised you originally of the yr…that (the analysis) was going to be based mostly on progress, and I did see that progress,” Johnson stated. “It won’t have proven up on the ultimate scores, however throughout the locker room, on the apply discipline, out in the course of the video games, I did see progress, and I used to be more than pleased to increase each Mike and Todd.

“It is greater than the rating on the finish of the sport,” Johnson added. “Imagine me, I needed to win much more of these video games. However I did see a number of progress, inside that younger core particularly. It has actually come along with Todd’s management and I used to be actually impressed with how this younger crew seems to be.”

Suspending the significance of file for one season made sense. The pure development now could be for Johnson to place extra worth into wins and losses subsequent season.

Nevertheless, Johnson – who’s the performing proprietor whereas his brother Woody serves because the United State’s ambassador to the UK – wouldn’t explicitly state that his analysis course of will change in 2018. Christopher revealed he didn’t seek the advice of Woody when making the choice to increase Bowles and Maccagnan.

“It is all the time going to be about progress,” Johnson stated. “I imply, we won’t get there quick sufficient. I need to get to the playoffs. I need to get to the Tremendous Bowl. I used to be critical about that need to get to the Tremendous Bowl earlier than my brother will get again right here. I’d like to have that occur. However there are not any mandates. I feel the followers are going to be pleased with the best way we transfer ahead right here. However I simply cannot put down a mandate for these guys.”

When pressed, Johnson stated he is “not comfortable” about going 5-11 this season.

Nonetheless: “I am in that locker room with them. One thing particular is going on there, and I hate to say that the glass was half empty final yr and it is half full this yr, as a result of we’re a five-win crew. However there’s a lot to stay up for on this crew with this core now we have, and now we have an opportunity to construct on that, and we have got some nice draft picks. We have some huge cash to play with and we’ll be energetic in free company. I feel there’s a number of causes to imagine that we’ll be a greater crew this yr.”

On the similar time, Johnson can relate to the ever-growing impatience of his followers.

“I do know that now we have given them much more ache than glory not too long ago,” Johnson stated. “It has been a very long time since we had correct glory, and I feel that they perceive that I am attempting to set this crew up for glory, and I feel we’ll get there. I actually do.”