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Jets' acting owner says 3-3 start is 'a great thing'

Christopher Johnson likes what he's seen from the Jets early on and sees that success continuing. Brad Penner/USA Today Sports

Christopher Johnson is one happy boss.

The New York Jets' new chairman and CEO, who is running the team while older brother Woody Johnson serves an ambassadorship in the United Kingdom, said Tuesday the team is proving to skeptics that it is not tanking for the future and it wants to win now.

"We're not tanking, and I think you're seeing that," Johnson told NJ Advance Media at the NFL's fall meetings in Manhattan. "I mean, this a great thing I'm seeing."

Johnson's opinion matters. When he met with reporters last month, he said he will determine the futures of coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan. He said his brother is detached from the team and gave him carte blanche.

The Jets are a surprising 3-3. Johnson said his decisions on Bowles and Maccagnan will be based on whether the team shows progress throughout the season. So far, he sees it.

"Yeah, how can you not?" he told the web site. "It's so awesome. The energy in that locker room is unreal. I'm happy to be along for the ride."

The Jets were accused of tanking after stripping the roster in the offseason. They did a reverse tank at the end of the preseason, adding veterans such as Jermaine Kearse, Jeremy Kerley and Kony Ealy.

The relatively successful start, Johnson said, shows the organization is in to win it.

"I think so," Johnson said. "I think the fans sense it. I can tell. I'm so happy about how this team started out, and I see us continuing."