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Friday, August 23, 2019

Articles tagged: Christopher Johnson

Jets chairman explains reason behind Mike Maccagnan firing

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The New York Jets made the somewhat surprising decision to fire general manager Mike Maccagnan midway through their offseason, after free agency and the NFL Draft, and ownership explained why on Wednesday.

Jets chairman Christopher Johnson said that, as his involvement in organizational matters increased, he was unhappy with how the front office was handling things, and admitted that the “synergy” between Maccagnan and coach Adam Gase was not what he wanted.

Johnson denied that this was the result of Gase winning a power struggle against Maccagnan — but added that Gase will have a say in the team’s next GM.

The timing is still odd, and when you hear reports that Gase and Maccagnan disagreed on certain key decisions, you do get the impression that Gase is holding all the cards here. The fact that he’ll have input on the new GM — and may retain power over the 53-man roster — only further solidifies that belief.

Jets chairman willing to pay fine if players kneel during anthem

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The new national anthem rules put forth by the NFL may have been unanimously approved by owners, but it sounds like at least one acting owner isn’t really in favor.

Jets acting owner and chairman Christopher Johnson said he would pay the fine if any Jets players kneel during the national anthem, and that he had no intention of instituting any team-specific rules levying any punishment against players who kneel.

“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules,” Johnson said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “If somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”

If Johnson is so reluctant to adopt the NFL’s policy, why did he vote for it?

“I seriously struggled with this,” Johnson said. “You know my position on the anthem, and you have to understand that the plan we ended up with, due to some serious work in the [meeting] room, was vastly less onerous than the one that was presented to me late last week. In the end, I felt I had to support it from a membership standpoint.”

Johnson added that he intended to speak with players and coaches to figure out how to proceed as a group in addressing social justice issues.

Johnson made clear in the past that he was firmly against any rules like the one he ultimately voted for. It’s a bit of a confusing stance, but he doesn’t appear to have much interest in enforcing it.

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.