PERTH AMBOY, N.J. -- The New York Jets' 4-4 record in the first half might be a surprise to the general public, but Jets owner Woody Johnson won't say he's satisfied with his team's start.
"Am I satisfied? Well, I always like to win every game," Johnson said at a NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee event at the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development headquarters Friday morning. "I never go into a game thinking I'm going to lose. You're never satisfied, I don't think, as chairman of one of these organizations, unless you have the success on the field."
The Jets were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. They were even picked 32nd in ESPN's preseason rankings. But they've been one of the league's biggest surprises. They won in Atlanta and beat the AFC East leading New England Patriots in overtime.
This weekend, the Jets welcome the NFC South leading Saints before going on their bye week.
"Very good team we're facing," Johnson said. "I think we're a very good team, too. If we're prepared properly, I think we should do pretty well."
The Jets enter Sunday's game off an embarrassing 49-9 road loss to the Bengals, their worst loss since losing 45-3 to the Patriots in 2010.
Johnson said he didn't want to use youth as an excuse, but pointed out the team's young roster and said it takes time to gel. He added that the team is rapidly improving, and he believes the coaching staff is very happy with the team's progress.
One youngster who has shined thus far is defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, who has played as well as any rookie in the NFL. Johnson said it's always surprising when a young player is able to come in and have such an immediate effect. Richardson was drafted 13th in April's draft with the pick received for trading Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay.
"We scouted him and drafted him correctly," Johnson said. "Great player."