âIâve never heard that,â Johnson said on MSNBCâs âMorning Joeâ program on Thursday, according to the New York Daily News. âHeâs the first guy in the building every morning and the last guy to leave. So, the last thing he is is lazy. ... Heâs an NFL quarterback. Thatâs what you expect from an NFL quarterbackâ¦.I think everybody is a little frustrated.â
In the unholy days of Coslet, Carroll, and Kotite, an 8-8 record would be considered something of an accomplishment for the Jets. But after back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game, the stakes are higher.
âNew Yorkers donât like losers,â said Johnson, whose team celebrated the 43rd anniversary of its first and only Super Bowl win on Thursday. âEven if itâs an 8-8 record, thatâs not good enough. They want a winner. And there is frustration. And thatâs what you want.â
Johnson believes Rex Ryan understands he faltered in not having a better handle on team issues this season. Ryan admitted shortly after the Jets' season ended that he lost the pulse of the locker room.
"I think he does," Johnson said. "How do you correct that? That's alchemy. Inside the locker room is one of those things that every year is a little different. Thirty percent new players. The fact that we didn't go to Cortland (an upstate location of past training camps) maybe hurt us. Every team didn't have an offseason. So maybe it hurt us a little more than some others."
Pointing to a shortened training camp is an easy out, especially when 31 other teams dealt with the same challenge without completely imploding from within. But in a month where a new fire seems to break out daily at Florham Park, Johnson is wise to point the finger at the lockout rather than his coach or quarterback.