Jets’ CEO on winning a Lombardi trophy: ‘I’ll wear it like a crown’

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Many years ago, the owner of the New York Jets stood in front of microphones and TV cameras and growled, “I’m 80 years old. I want results now.” It was Leon Hess in 1995. He was part George Steinbrenner, part George Burns, and his edict was splashed across the back pages of the New York tabloids.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

The team’s current boss, Christopher Johnson, is only 60, but he certainly is entitled to demand immediate results, especially after spending an unprecedented $122 million in fully guaranteed money in free agency. But, no, Johnson didn’t pull a Hess on Sunday night at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. Commenting for the first time on the Jets’ spending spree, he didn’t set any grandiose expectations — at least not for public consumption — but he clearly wants some bang for his buck.

“I sure as hell hope we’re a playoff team,” Johnson said. “I think that we — 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, and I think we have a really good chance to be a quite good team this year.”8

As usual, Johnson refused to issue a playoff mandate for his general manager, Mike Maccagnan, or his coach, Adam Gase.

The Jets added to the offense by signing running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Jamison Crowder and trading for guard Kelechi Osemele. In Johnson’s view, they’ve accomplished two goals: Improved Sam Darnold’s protection and gave him more targets.
He passed on a chance to revel in the perception that the Jets have a chance to overtake the local market from the New York Giants, who are bleeding talent.

“Honestly, I’m just not 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.”

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Considering the Jets’ history — applause in March, boos in the fall — it would’ve been foolish to do any premature gloating, especially since that other team in town has won four Super Bowls since the Jets’ only championship a half-century ago. It’s not Jets versus Giants; it should be Jets versus Jets.

“Everybody on this team — every player, the coaches, Adam, Mike, me, — we have to prove ourselves here,” Johnson said. “I think we’re going to be a better team. I know we’re a better team, and we haven’t even gotten to the draft.”