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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jets owner says team is ‘definitely not tanking’

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Acting New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson has become the latest figure with the organization to publicly clarify that no tanking is taking place.

Johnson made clear Wednesday that the team is not tanking, but rather enduring some growing pains with a young roster.

“It couldn’t be further from the truth,” Johnson said of the tanking accusations, via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “I want to win every game. Every player in that locker room wants to win. What you’re seeing, I think, are growing pains. These are young guys. There are some older guys on the team. Some of them, they’re doing an extraordinary job. But I think you’re going to see this team get better and better and better. That’s what I’m looking for. And we are definitely not tanking.”

The Jets are 0-2 and things don’t look like they’ll be getting a lot better. They faced plenty of accusations of tanking after tearing down the roster during the offseason, and when so many people with the team have had to defend against those allegations, it’s not a good sign. The team certainly wasn’t built to win in 2017, that much is certain.

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