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Jets owner Woody Johnson waiting until after season to make big decisions

Posted by Erik Frenz  December 8, 2013 12:57 PM

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If there are any big changes coming to the New York Jets, they're not coming until the end of the season.

In an interview on the Jets' pregame radio show on ESPN, owner Woody Johnson discussed the state of the franchise, and didn't seem too eager to hit the reset button on head coach Rex Ryan or quarterback Geno Smith.

"I'm pretty happy with the way things are going," Johnson said, via the New York Daily News.

Ryan is signed as the head coach through the 2014 season, but the Jets have missed the playoffs for two -- going on three -- straight seasons; that's typically enough to spell the end for a head coach. So would two straight losing seasons, but Johnson says it's about more than just the record.

"We make those decisions after the season," Johnson said, via the News. "It's really the direction of the team and how the young players are going… It's a complicated thing. At the end of the day, you want to give players the opportunity to win, which is what I think we're doing."

The Jets have a strong foundation on defense, with a young defensive line that includes three former first-round picks in Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Sheldon Richardson, but there are significant question marks at other spots on the team. The defense, which has been a strength for the Jets under Ryan, has taken a step back and ranks 25th in scoring and 12th in yards. It would be their first time finishing outside of the top 10 in yards in the Ryan era.

Yet, Johnson still views the defense as a strength, saying "I think our defense is amazing."

Of course, the struggles of the defense are secondary to those of the quarterback. Smith has thrown one touchdown against 11 interceptions in the past seven games, during which time the Jets are 2-5. He was benched in the second half of the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, Dec. 1.

That hasn't been enough to deter Johnson from his view of Smith as the future of the franchise.

"We've got a young quarterback, who is very, very talented," Johnson said. "He's learning so much… I think you'll see him get better and better and better. I have a lot of confidence in Geno. When he gets better, I think you'll see others get better."

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