FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Woody Johnson expects the New York Jets to turn things around — and fast.
“I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season,” he said during practice Thursday. “We haven’t had one of these in a while. I’m not happy about it, yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected.”
Johnson would not comment on the immediate futures of Coach Rex Ryan or General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, but he made it clear that things need to get better for his team, which is heading to St. Louis on a three-game losing streak.
There has been some speculation by fans and media that Johnson was solely behind the Tim Tebow deal in March, hoping to boost sales of tickets and personal seat licenses. Johnson turned a bit testy when asked about that.
“This, I really want to clear up,” Johnson said. “You guys have been accusing me, this phony story of me being more concerned with PSLs or cash or something else. My job — 1, 2 and 3 — is to win games.”
Johnson also took issue with a newspaper report that quoted anonymous players and members of the organization who criticized Tebow’s abilities. The report had players sticking up for Mark Sanchez as the starter, with one calling Tebow “terrible” as a quarterback.
“Anonymous guys have no credibility,” Johnson said. “Anonymous guys don’t speak for the organization.”
Johnson would not say whether he regretted making the trade with Denver to bring in Tebow, preferring to not comment on individual players. But he did discuss Sanchez, who is mired in a slump that has had many calling for Tebow to replace him.
“Mark is a player on the team,” Johnson said. “We’re going to evaluate him as we do the other players. He’ll be evaluated just like anybody else.”
It was a curiously lukewarm assessment by Johnson, who later was more supportive when he was asked if he still views Sanchez as the franchise quarterback.
“He is our franchise quarterback,” he said. “I don’t ‘view’ him that way — that’s what he is.”