The New York Jets had a 2023 season to forget. They finished with just a 7-10 record after having Super Bowl expectations to start the season. Admittedly, a lot of that went away within four snaps thanks to QB Aaron Rodgers tearing his Achilles.
This left the Jets with a lot of issues to address this offseason. Jets owner Woody Johnson has taken notice. Now, he has called out the team to perform better in 2024.
Woody Johnson Comments on State of Jets
Rich Cimini of ESPN interviewed Woody Johnson yesterday prior to the NFL Honors show. Johnson commented on the state of the Jets and made it clear that he was not pleased with the team’s performance in 2023. On top of this, he let the team know how he felt about their performance:
“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. 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.”
Before the 2023 NFL season began, the Jets made a big splash by acquiring Aaron Rodgers. So, when he went down, it was safe to say it was a deflating moment for the Jets and their fans. Johnson even said as much during an interview yesterday:
“He takes the American flag out… four plays later… the elation goes down to zero. I’ve never seen anything like that.” -Woody Johnson
That forced New York to go back to Zach Wilson. Unfortunately, for the Jets, he turned out to be a disappointment. Johnson has said as much, and Wilson ended up getting benched in the middle of the season. It will be surprising if he is still on the team in 2024.
Now, GM Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh will attempt to run it back in 2024. However, both men, particularly Saleh, are likely on the hot seat going into next season. That is because Saleh has an 18-33 record in three seasons. Johnson stated that he expects the team to take a significant step forward next season.
“We have to do a lot better than seven (wins), definitely.” -Woody Johnson