Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

No Mandate from Owner for Jets in 2017 Season

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

No Mandate from Owner for Jets in 2017 Season

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FLORHAM PARK - Jets owner Woody Johnson says he's frustrated, just like the fans, after his team missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

But Johnson also made it clear: He's not going to demand that coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan make the playoffs next season.

"No, I don't really like mandates, because they normally don't work," Johnson said Thursday. "Lines in the sand, whatever, you don't want to judge it that way. The way we'll judge it is getting better each year and seeing it in our players, are they getting better or are they going the other way."

Have patience. That was the message from Johnson and general manager Mike Maccagnan on Thursday as they answered questions about the Jets' miserable 5-11 campaign.

In the final days of the season there was speculation that Bowles was in danger of losing his job. But Johnson said he never lost confidence in his decision to hire Bowles two years ago.

"I'm still very, very in his corner," Johnson said. "He's very talented. I think he's going to get better, as we all are - including me - at what [we] do. And I'm just so happy to have him, including Mike."

Johnson said he made the decision to keep Bowles and Maccagnan because he wants continuity.

"I'm not essentially patient," he said. "But I know planning is the only way you get anything done long term. You've got to stick to your plans, in investing or anything else. You've got to have a plan and you've got to have the confidence and courage to stick by that plan."

That plan is to build, primarily, through the draft - a stance reiterated countless times by Maccagnan and Johnson on this day. The Jets have the No. 6 overall pick in April's draft, and they're asking for patience from fans who want to see immediate improvement in the win column.

"We're of the same mindset," Maccagnan said. "Like, we want to get this thing turned around as quickly as we possibly can. But we also want to do it so it has some ability to basically be consistent and sustained."

Johnson said he thinks Bowles and Maccagnan will eventually deliver a Super Bowl.

"I wouldn't have them if I didn't," Johnson said. …

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