Takeaways from Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, including possible change to organizational structure

Scott Thompson
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Jets CEO Christopher Johnson at podium
Jets CEO Christopher Johnson at podium

Following the Jets' final game of the season on Sunday -- a loss to the New England Patriots to end the year at 2-14 -- Jets CEO Christopher Johnson addressed the decision to part ways with head coach Adam Gase and what comes next for his team. 

After a second-half success for Gang Green during the 2019 season, the Jets just took multiple steps back in their development that eventually led to this new head coaching search. 

Here's what Johnson had to say about that and other topics surrounding the Jets heading into a crucial offseason for the organization:

On what the Jets are looking for in next head coach

“We will be looking for someone who will lead and develop our young team. Someone who can assemble a talented coaching staff to help them do that. They do not have to be offensive or defensive specific.”

Is there any urgency with other teams looking for coaches?

“This is a broad and deep search. We’re going to take our time. This is a process and we want to get it right. Clearly we aren’t the only team looking for a new coach. Time is always of the essence, but we’re going to do this right.”

On Joe Douglas running point on the search

"He’s well respected, and make no mistake, he’s going to be taking the lead on this. While this is a collaborative effort, his opinion will be taken most seriously. I think that fans can feel safe knowing that we’re going to get this right.”

On changing the Jets' current structure of head coach/GM reporting to Johnson separately

“That change in structure is under consideration no question. We’re not leaving — everything is up in the air here and that is one of the things we are considering changing.”

On Woody Johnson's potential return to the Jets

“My brother has one job. His attention is undivided. He is the ambassador to the UK. When he comes back is still uncertain but I’m personally looking forward to him coming back. For most of my adult life, I’ve worked with Woody on a daily basis and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed that time and process. I’m not going anywhere in this building. ... When he does get back, he will of course have the final say on decision makings."

On faith in Sam Darnold

"I'm a huge fan of Sam, I think he's a great QB. ... I don't think the book has been written on Sam and he has a very big future and I personally hope that it's on this team."