Woody Johnson hosts free agents, won't let them leave
SNY had the misfortune to strike its partnership with the Jets just in time for the famously loquacious Herman Edwards to leave and the famously tight-lipped (and restrictive) Eric Mangini to arrive.
Now that Rex Ryan is in the house, there already are signs the media reins are loosening around Gang Green, including for SNY, which lately has gotten more access than usual.
Speaking of which, owner Woody Johnson sits down with Adam Schein on the "Jets Nation" episode debuting at noon Saturday.
SNY sent a transcript, the most intriguing part of which is Mr. Johnson's take on the advantage the new training facility provides in free agency:
"Well, I think that anybody that comes out to Florham Park, doesn't leave the premises."
Let's hope he meant no one leaves without agreeing to a contract, as opposed to players being detained against their will.
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Photo: GettyON HOW NEW STADIUM HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE:
"WELL, WHEN WE ENTER THE STADIUM, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE FOR THE JETS FANS AND FOR THE GIANTS FANS, FOR THAT MATTER. BUT, ON JETS GAME DAY, IT'LL BE A GREEN STADIUM. YOU CAN GET THERE BY TRAIN DIRECTLY FROM MANHATTAN AND OTHER PARTS OF NEW JERSEY. THE INTERIOR OF THE STADIUM WILL BE MUCH, MUCH BIGGER AND HAVE A LOT OF TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGES AND ADVANCES THAT NO STADIUM, TO DATE, HAS HAD."
ON HOW HE THINKS THAT'S HELPED, IN TERMS OF AN ADVANTAGE IN FREE AGENCY:
"WELL I THINK THAT ANYBODY THAT COMES OUT TO FLORHAM PARK, DOESN'T LEAVE THE PREMISES. IT'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE. IT'S A TEACHING FACILITY THAT'S EQUAL TO THE BEST IN THE FIELD."
ON WHERE HE IS IN TERMS OF PSL SALES, AND IF THE PLAN WILL BE MODIFIED DUE TO THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY:
"WELL, THE PSL PROGRAM IS GOING WELL. WE'RE WORKING THROUGH OUR CURRENT LIST OF SEASON SUBSCRIBERS ON A HISTORICAL BASIS. WE'RE PRETTY COMFORTABLE THAT THERE'S A PRODUCT FOR EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING RIGHT NOW. THERE'S A HIGH PRICED PSL OR A LOWER PRICED PSL, DEPENDING WHERE YOU SIT IN THE STADIUM AND THERE ARE SOME SEATS THAT DON'T HAVE PSL'S AT ALL. THERE'S TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND SEATS WITH NO PSL AT ALL. AND WE'RE ALSO OFFERING FIFTEEN YEAR FINANCING, WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IS PRETTY ATTRACTIVE."
ON THE DECISION TO FIRE ERIC MANGINI:
"WELL IT WASN'T JUST ONE THING. I THINK THAT MIKE AND I, AND OTHERS IN THE BUILDING, REALIZED THAT IT WAS REALLY A TIME TO CHANGE AND WE THINK THAT ERIC IS A GOOD COACH. HE'S GOING TO BE A GREAT COACH. HE'S DOWN AT THE BROWNS NOW. WE'RE HAPPY FOR HIM, BUT WE THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON."
ON IF HAVING BRETT FAVRE WOULD'VE HELPED WITH SELLING THE PSL'S:
"I DON'T BELIEVE SO, BECAUSE I THINK, BASED ON THE CONVERSATION THAT I'M HEARING, THAT PEOPLE ARE BUYING THESE SEATS AND THESE PSL'S FOR MUCH, MUCH LONGER TERM THAN JUST ONE YEAR AND ONE OUTCOME AND ONE QUARTERBACK."
ON WHAT ATTRACTED HIM TO REX RYAN:
"WE WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY WHO WAS A NATURAL LEADER AND THAT BECOMES VERY APPARENT WHEN YOU TALK TO REX RYAN, A SECOND GENERATION COACH. HIS FATHER COACHED FOR THE NEW YORK JETS DURING THE GREAT SUPER BOWL III, AND WAS PART OF THAT. SO, HE'S SECOND GENERATION. IT DOESN'T TAKE MORE THAN TEN SECONDS AFTER MEETING REX TO REALIZE WHAT KIND OF PERSON HE IS. HE'S AN ALL INCLUSIVE GUY. HE UNDERSTOOD AND DESCRIBED WHAT TEAM BUILDING WAS, IN AS MUCH DETAIL AS I'VE EVER HEARD ANYBODY TALK ABOUT TEAM BUILDING. EVERYBODY IN THE BUILDING HAS THE FEELING THAT, 'BOY I'D LOVE TO PLAY FOR REX.' YOU KNOW, REX GOES TO THE BUSINESS OFFICE, INTRODUCES HIMSELF, AND TALKS TO ANYBODY, KIND OF AT RANDOM. YEAH. I THINK THE PLAYERS WILL RESPOND TO HIM VERY WELL. HE KEEPS HIS SYSTEM OF TEACHING, THE DEFENSE, I THINK, IS GOING TO GO OVER EXTREMELY WELL."
ON IF THE STARTING QUARTERBACK FOR THE NEW YORK JETS CURRENTLY ON THIS ROSTER:
"WE THINK HE IS. WE THINK THAT KELLEN, KELLEN CLEMENS AND BRETT RATLIFF, THEY'VE BEEN IN THE BUILDING, ONE THREE YEARS, KELLEN FOR THREE YEARS, BRETT FOR TWO YEARS. THEY'VE HAD SOME PRETTY GOOD QUARTERBACKS TO LEARN UNDER AND ERIC AINGE IS COMING ALONG AS WELL. SO WE THINK THAT ONE OF THESE PLAYERS, PARTICULARLY THE FIRST TWO, ARE CAPABLE OF STARTING."
ON WHAT HIS EXPECTATIONS ARE FOR THIS SEASON:
"WELL, I'M GOING TO GO ALONG WITH REX ON THAT. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE GO INTO A SEASON, WE EXPECT TO WIN GAMES. WE DONT COME INTO ANY GAME THINKING WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GAME. SO, OUR EXPECTATIONS, GOING INTO THE SEASON, ARE ALWAYS POSITIVE AND THAT WON'T BE ANY DIFFERENT THIS YEAR."