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FLORHAM PARK Brent Qvale Jerseys 2019 , N.J. (AP) — Christopher Johnson’s first major decision running the New York Jets didn’t come easily for him.The next one will shape the future of the franchise.“Absolutely,” the team’s acting chairman and CEO said Monday. “And it’s not being taken lightly.”Johnson knew it was time to part ways with coach Todd Bowles, who went 24-40 in four disappointing seasons that included no playoff appearances.In a short statement before welcoming questions from reporters, Johnson twice praised Bowles for being “a good man,” saying he hopes to continue a friendship with him and appeared genuinely sad that he had to make what became clear was an inevitable decision.“When I spoke at the beginning of the season I said that I would carefully assess the team’s progress,” he said.“Concluded, we have not made enough progress this season. I’ve been evaluating the situation for some time, and came to the decision that change was needed.”Less than 24 hours after firing Bowles, Johnson was focused on finding his replacement.“My singular goal is to get the best head coach for this team,” Johnson said. “Ultimately, the final decision on who that will be will be mine. Let me say that the buck stops with me. I have to do a better job of getting this organization to a place where we can consistently win — and I will do that. Our goal is to establish a consistently successful football team and winning culture and we will look to do that with this upcoming hire.“I’m confident that we will find the right person to lead this football team.”Johnson opted to retain embattled general manager Mike Maccagnan, who will be closely involved with the owner in the process to find Bowles’ replacement, as will Brian Heimerdinger, the team’s vice president of player personnel.Johnson said he will speak with his brother, Woody — who’s currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom — but the final decision will ultimately be his own.“I think this is a great landing spot for a coach to end up,” he said.Johnson said the team’s reporting structure will remain the same moving forward with the new head coach answering to him directly and not Maccagnan. He believes the current structure is a good one, despite the Jets having not made the playoffs since the 2010 season.“I think it could work well for us White Robby Anderson Jerseys ,” Johnson said. “It works well with a lot of organizations and I think it can work well here.”Johnson wouldn’t comment directly on various published reports that the Jets had requested permission to interview several coaches, including Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Todd Monken and Dallas passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy have also been mentioned as possibilities.Arizona, Miami, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Cleveland and Denver are also looking for new head coaches, but Johnson thinks the Jets will be plenty attractive to potential candidates. He cited the fact they have what they believe is a franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, about $100 million in salary cap space and the bright lights of the New York market.“If you can make it here, you’re a freakin’ legend,” Johnson said. “That counts for something.”Johnson indicated that “nobody’s excluded” from the search, but added that any coach who desired total control of personnel would not be the right person for the job. He said previous head coaching experience “can’t hurt,” and thinks it’s a “big plus” if the new coach has experience developing a young quarterback.Some fans and media thought the Jets should start completely from scratch by not only firing Bowles but also Maccagnan. The two were hired at the same time, but the GM didn’t have say in the decision to hire the coach then.Maccagnan’s shaky record in the draft and free agency are major strikes, but Johnson is confident he’ll be able to help turn the franchise around.“I think Mike is a good talent evaluator, period Robby Anderson Jerseys 2019 ,” Johnson said. “Looking at the plan we have going forward, I’m a believer in Mike.”After the Jets’ 38-3 loss at New England on Sunday, Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams said the team needs more “big-time” players moving forward.“I’m not going to sit here and say we have talent. We have a lot of talent on the team, but we don’t have a lot of dogs on this team,” Adams said. “I’ll put it like that. We just don’t.”That would fall on Maccagnan, who’s responsible for putting together the roster. Both Johnson and Maccagnan met with Adams on Monday to discuss his comments.“Who wouldn’t want more talent? But I don’t think that’s the entire answer,” Johnson said. “I think we had some real good talent on this team already. We should’ve done better in the win-loss column.”That’s a spot in which the Jets haven’t done well lately, with a 4-12 finish following consecutive 5-11 seasons.Meanwhile, New York — and the rest of the AFC East — has had to look up at New England in the division for almost each of the past two decades.The Patriots have won the division in 10 straight seasons, and Johnson knows that he, Maccagnan and the new coach will be charged with trying to change that.“It keeps me up at night,” Johnson said. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold got the call from Todd Bowles, and then he made the proud phone call to home.The 21-year-old rookie broke the news to his parents that he was named the New York Jets‘ starting quarterback. And they didn’t hold back their excitement.“Mom was crying, as usual,” Darnold said Tuesday with a big smile. “Then, my Dad was just pumped for me. He just said White Steve McLendon Jerseys , ‘You know, you worked so hard and this is what you worked so hard for.’ So, it was a cool little moment there with them and my sister. Yeah, it was fun.”Mike and Chris Darnold will be in Detroit on Monday night to watch their son play against the Lions and make NFL history as the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.There will be plenty of other eyes on the No. 3 overall draft pick. And, Darnold is ready.“We celebrate all wins,” Darnold said while speaking to the media for the first time since Bowles’ announcement Monday .“I know that just because I got named the starter doesn’t mean we won the game Monday night. It’s awesome and I’m really happy to be the starting quarterback, but I also know that I’ve got to go out there and do my job.”That’s exactly what Darnold has been doing since he got here in the spring as the potential face of the franchise.The quarterback was impressive in his ability to pick up the offense. Both Bowles and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates raved about his maturity and ability to brush aside mistakes and not repeat them.Those traits carried over into training camp, and Darnold beat out Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater to earn the start in Week 1. Some thought it was a foregone conclusion from the moment the Jets drafted the youngster, but he consistently checked off all the boxes the Jets had for him.“As a football player, whether it’s Pop Warner, whether it’s high school, college or now the NFL, your dream is to play the game,” Darnold said.“And that’s what I want to do. I just want to go out there and play every single day. If Josh did get the nod, I was going to be pumped for him and I was going to be the best backup that I can be.“Now that I know that I’m starting, it’s an amazing feeling.”Darnold acknowledged that he might be a little nervous the first time he takes the field at Ford Field, but isn’t thinking about any of that right now.It’s all about preparing to face the Lions. And the fact that Bowles is starting a rookie quarterback in a domed stadium doesn’t concern the coach much Steve McLendon Jerseys 2019 , either.After all, Darnold played his college home games for USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — with a seating capacity of 93,607.“I don’t think it’s very difficult,” Bowles said. “He’s been playing football all his life. He’s not just coming fresh out of the womb and just grabbing the ball for the first time. He’s been in crowds. He’s seen crowds and he’s been playing football. I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.“It’s always going to be loud in a dome and Detroit is a tough place to play, I get that, but he just has to play football. He’ll be fine.”The Jets have thought that all along, and Darnold carries himself with a quiet sense of cool.He’s confident in himself, but understands the task at hand — and takes nothing for granted. That’s why he’s unfazed by being the only rookie quarterback this year to start in Week 1 or being the youngest player — ever — to do so.“I mean, yeah, it’s cool,” he said. “It’s definitely something that I pride myself on. First of all, I know that I haven’t done anything yet. I haven’t won any games in the NFL.“So, I’ve just got to go out there and do my job. Knowing that I am young compared to a lot of the other starting quarterbacks, for me, I think that’s more of just affirmation of knowing that I’ve got a long way to go.”Darnold’s progression has been rapid and steady, with the youngster confirming to himself this summer with some solid performances that he was ready for the NFL.“I knew that once I went out there in the p
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