NEW YORK (WFAN) — Despite losing their second straight AFC Championship game, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson isn’t about to blame his coaches or players for the early exit.
“I don’t think it was anyone’s fault,” Johnson said Wednesday night on the Fox Business Network’s “America’s Nightly Scoreboard.”
The Jets lost the the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, 24-19, and much has since been said about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling during New York’s failed fourth-quarter goal-line effort.
Johnson, avoiding the blame game, hinted instead that playing in the AFC Wild Card round may have had an impact on the Jets.
“I think the team had played that extra (wild-card) game, I think that was part of it,” he said. “Maybe if we played it at another stadium, although we are awfully good on the road.”
Johnson is still thrilled with the direction of his team under Rex Ryan, and said he has no plans to sell the franchise.
“I don’t really care how valuable it is because I’m not going to sell it,” Johnson explained. “If the fans have confidence, I think that’s good because that’s our job is to win Super Bowls.”
According to Johnson, the Jets “had a lot of opportunities” to win the game, but the Steelers were just a cut above.
“The first half, we didn’t score. The second half, they didn’t score. And the second half, we had this opportunity to take advantage,” he said. “A winning team does that, and my hat’s off to (Pittsburgh).”
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