“It’s a symphony of effort”

Jets owner Woody Johnson was careful not to let the good feeling overflow. In a conversation during the NFL’s fall league meeting in New York last week, Johnson said a version of “it’s early” several times.

But yes, thanks in part to his shocking 4-2 jets, he can tell a difference in the city and its media market. Both the Jets and the 5-1 Giants are thriving, which is remarkable given their struggles over the past few years.

“It feels great,” Johnson told NFL.com as he exited the owners’ meeting. “The fans are excited. They love what we’ve done so far, but this is a long season, it’s a marathon. Coach [Robert Saleh] it’s right. Forget what we’ve done, focus on what we have to do this week.”

That would be a game today against the Broncos, who are without quarterback Russell Wilson due to a hamstring injury. A winnable game, for sure, and another opportunity for the Jets to build on their laurels.

“I think it’s early in the season but so far it’s looking positive,” Johnson said. “The team comes together, the culture prevails. The young players, rookies are playing great and the veterans… Duane Brown, he’s a man. When I saw him lead [Braxton Berrios] into the end zone, I said, that’s pretty impressive.”

The Jets got off to their best start since the 2015 season when they went 4-1 for six weeks, including a bye. Their last 5-1 start was in 2010, the season they reached the AFC Championship game.

In particular, Saleh’s defense was legitimate. The Jets are the only team in the NFL to have at least 47 quarterback hits, 14 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. Only four other teams since 2000 have accomplished this feat in six weeks.

The enthusiasm of the fans was also measurable. In the first five weeks of the season, the team’s social media accounts are up, with video views up 91%, engagement up 45% and 75% more followers per team.

It’s all a product of General Manager Joe Douglas and Saleh working together. Though the two didn’t get together, the early return of their relationship has been a positive.

“They are both very impressive,” said Johnson. “I think the coach is very thoughtful, knows the game, knows the defense, knows the whole game. And Joe is Joe. Joe is more stable Joe really never seen. It really is a symphony of effort. It’s wonderful to see. Now off to Denver.


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