A quick settlement will have a two-fold benefit. First and foremost, it will allow the chosen one — and yes, put that in quotes if you wish — a maximum of first-unit snaps during camp.
“We’re trying to win games and do the right thing,” Johnson said. “Truth, justice and the American way. We live by it, we really do. We have a strong credo, very proud people, very intelligent people that work in our building.”
“What happened up there in New York last year was a joke, but then again so is their team,” Ditka said in a radio interview.
Johnson did acknowledge on Tuesday that fans should “be patient and have trust we’re doing the best thing for your team.” But on the other hand, he wants fans to know that there will be excitement in East Rutherford this coming season.
The two discussed the fate of Rex Ryan, the quarterback competition, the current roster, the future of the franchise and much, much more.
Will the Jets consider a quarterback such as West Virginia’s Geno Smith or Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib so high in the first round? Or with an eye on the future, might they consider Mike Glennon or Florida State’s EJ Manuel in the second round?
“It is hard to be a fan of the New York Jets,” Martin wrote. “They have hardly done anything right since Joe Willie Namath won Super Bowl III, and every time you think maybe they are finally turning the corner, they find some new way to screw things up.”
“I definitely feel like I haven’t gotten the truth,” Revis said. “Anyone can sit there and tell you to your face, ‘Yeah, you’re going to be a Jet.’ … I know it’s a lie.”
“Not (head coach) Rex (Ryan), not (general manager John) Idzik, not (owner Woody) Johnson, nobody contacted me,” Revis said. “They left me out of the loop, I guess you can say.”
Without saying it, the Jets said it. They don’t plan to contend for years. And it will take a lot more than Tampa Bay’s first-round pick to fix it. And now, by the way, you also have a gaping hole at cornerback.
Weeks of speculation about the star cornerback’s future ended Sunday when the Jets traded the three-time All-Pro to the Bucs in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this week’s NFL draft and another selection next year.
It’s amazing how good a former team can look once you’ve sampled someplace else, and how bad things can be when you’re there in the first place. Brandon Jacobs, Darrelle Revis and Tim Tebow must be feeling those emotions right now.
The Jets need to deal Revis now. Not next year, not next month, not next week. Don’t wait for the perfect offer, because there isn’t one.
If you know anything about how the Jets operated prior to this offseason, you are very much aware that Florham Park, N.J., was the NFL’s version of the Wild West. But then John Idzik rode into town on an old paint.
Woody Johnson told reporters that the Jets would like to keep Darrelle Revis, the subject of rampant trade rumors, “but we’re trying to make the team better. He’s on the team right now.”