Jets owner Woody Johnson ‘absolutely’ ready to pay for veteran QB: ‘It’s kind of the missing piece’

Jets owner Woody Johnson ‘absolutely’ ready to pay for veteran QB: ‘It’s kind of the missing piece’

Jets owner Woody Johnson ‘absolutely’ ready to pay for veteran QB: ‘It’s kind of the missing piece’

The 2022 New York Jets had almost everything they needed to go up against, from a top-five defense – ranked fourth in points per game allowed (18.6) and total yards allowed per game (311 ,1) – to budding young talent at running back (rookie Breece Hall, Michael Carter) and wide receiver (rookie Garrett Wilson. Elijah Moore).

However, they lacked stability at the most important position, quarterback, with 2021 second-round pick Zach Wilson making nine starts while Mike White and Joe Flacco started four games apiece. This instability made them into the home stretch, as they finished the year on a six-game losing streak, which greatly frustrated Jets owner Woody Johnson.

“What is the definition of frustration? Johnson said Thursday, through athletics. “Frustration means you see the ingredients for success and they don’t happen. If you’re lousy you can’t be frustrated. But we have a great team, a great core of young players who are getting better every day. day.”

Johnson then addressed the Gang Green quarterback situation specifically, casting doubt on how it was handled.

“No,” Johnson said. “I don’t think we did everything the right way.”

While alternating between Wilson on his rookie contract and affordable veterans like White and Flacco haven’t made much noise on the team’s salary cap, Johnson has now given the nod to head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas to pursue an experienced. quarterback who can cost a lot more than was spent on the job last season.

“Absolutely,” Johnson said when asked to allocate resources to improve his quarterback room. “We have a cap on how much you can spend, but yeah. It’s kind of the missing piece. The defense was an amazing story, you saw it, from last place to the top. If you can do the same thing on offense, it looks pretty good.”

Johnson’s thirst for a dependable passer is understandable considering the Jets have exactly one 4,000-yard passing season in team history, and that was Hall of Famer Joe Namath in 1967. Some of the the best veteran quarterback names likely to be available in March include Tom Brady of the Buccaneers, Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers and Geno Smith of the Seahawks.

It would be amazing if Brady, a longtime New England patriot, or Smith, a former Jet, came, but Garoppolo, 31, would make a lot of sense given his time with Saleh in San Francisco in which they have reached the Super Bowl together when the Jets’ current head coach served as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. Three-time Pro Bowler and quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders Derek Carralso 31 years old, could also be obtained via trade, because he tweeted a farewell letter to Raiders fans on Thursday.

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