Jets owner Woody Johnson announced his return to the team Monday in a series of tweets.
I would like to thank my brother, Christopher, for leading the organization while I was away. His dedication and thoughtfulness has set us up for future success and I'm looking forward to working closely together. pic.twitter.com/5naQ7ewLH7— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) January 25, 2021
I had a great conversation with Coach Saleh today and would like to welcome him and his family to the Jets family. pic.twitter.com/4OxXHKkAUl— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) January 25, 2021
I’m proud of the foundation that has been laid by the leadership group of Joe and Hymie. This team has a bright future thanks to their hard work. pic.twitter.com/MJ3PU2xRYZ— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) January 25, 2021
Johnson served as the United States’ ambassador to Great Britain from 2017 through last week.
His return is no surprise. At Robert Saleh’s introductory press conference last week Chris Johnson, Woody’s brother who ran the team in his absence, stated the owner would be returning soon. The exact date was just unknown.
The years without Woody were not kind to the Jets. The team won only 18 games in the four seasons he was away. It isn’t like the team was great prior to that, though. The first six years of the Jets’ current 10 year postseason drought came under Woody’s watch.
Chris Johnson indicated last week he will retain a role with the team. Woody inherits a recently hired head coach and a general manager who just completed his first full year with the team. Both are highly respected in league circles. Now we will see whether the full-time owner will allow them to build the team the right way.