A look at what's happening around the New York Jets:
1. Here we go again: Woody Johnson told fans last week what they wanted to hear, indicating in an ESPN radio interview that quick fixes aren't the answer. He said the Jets will take a methodical approach to rebuilding, with an emphasis on youth. He called it an unprecedented plan in his 17 years of ownership (not exactly true), asking for patience.
Kudos to Johnson for recognizing the right way to make the Jets relevant again, but the question is whether he has enough conviction to see it through. I'm not so sure he does. Not long ago, he spewed the same philosophical owner-speak only to pull a 180 a few months later.
In June, 2014, Johnson was in a "build-through-the-draft" mode, telling reporters, "We'd rather take a player from the draft, mold him into what our culture is and have him be a Jet for us. That's our ideal." You may recall it was Year 2 of the John Idzik Error, fresh off a 12-player draft.
Then came a 4-12 season, and Johnson responded by firing everybody and reverting to his free-spending, quick-fixing ways in 2015.
One of Johnson's shortcomings is that he lacks a consistent core belief in how to build a championship football team. He said last week they've traded away too many draft picks over the years, a veiled reference to former general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who operated that way from 2006 to 2012. Johnson had no problem with that method when they were going to the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. Let the record show they haven't been back since.
Now that he's preaching patience once again, it's fair to wonder: Will he stay the course if the Jets finish 5-11 again? Will he fire Todd Bowles and start over with a new coach and a new philosophy? Johnson said he wants the fans to judge the team based on progress through the season. Will he judge Bowles the same way?
Johnson is convinced this is the best way to "the promised land," as he put it. No argument there; this is the correct path. Now we wait to see if the boss man has the stomach to withstand the bumpy ride.
2. Press fast forward: It's hard to glean a lot of valuable information from a rookie minicamp, but one thing that stood out Friday and Saturday was the tempo of practice. It appeared faster than in previous years under Bowles, and that was by design.
"We want tempo," said Bowles, adding that it will be stressed throughout the year. "We want to give them less time to think and more time to play and react."
There's also a different philosophy on offense. New coordinator John Morton came from the New Orleans Saints, which ran a play every 26.9 seconds last season -- fourth-fastest in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In minicamp, his foot was on the gas pedal, pushing the players to speed it up.
Oh, in case you're wondering, the Jets were 28th in the rankings, checking in at a glacial 29.4 seconds.
3. Casting call: With 39 non-roster players, the rookie minicamp resembled an old "American Idol" audition. The number was high this year because they ran out of room on the roster, which limited them to only eight college free agents.
The most recognizable name among the tryouts was running back Khiry Robinson, who arrived last year as a free agent only to fracture his leg twice -- the same leg he fractured in 2015 with the Saints. He's a long shot, looking for redemption. On Friday, he tweeted, "I love being doubted and slept on."
4. Josh vs. Jay (and what might have been): In mid-March, the Jets narrowed their veteran-quarterback options down to Josh McCown and Jay Cutler, former Chicago Bears teammates. McCown came to New Jersey for a visit, and it went well. Cutler was scheduled to arrive a couple of days later, but he couldn't make it due to a family reason. At that point, the Jets cut a deal with McCown.
What if they had re-scheduled with Cutler? Would he be wearing green and white? We'll never know because Cutler, 34, announced his retirement a few days ago to become a color analyst for FOX Sports. From what I understand, Cutler wasn't enthused about the prospect of playing for the Jets, so maybe it wouldn't have worked out. Again, we'll never know.
5. Pleading the fifth: If you're keeping score at home, the Jets don't have a good track record with fifth-year options, which is another way of saying they haven't had much success with their recent first-round picks.
Calvin Pryor became the latest to have his option declined, joining the now-departed Dee Milliner. Previously, the Jets picked up the options for Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples and Sheldon Richardson, but Coples was cut in the middle of his fourth season and Richardson soon could be out the door.
6. He's no cupcake: Linebacker David Harris said he wasn't worried about his roster spot during the team's pursuit of free agent Dont'a Hightower, who ended up re-signing with the New England Patriots.
"I'm confident in my body of work over the years," Harris said.
Harris, 33, is entering the final year of his contract, so his future is uncertain. He sidestepped questions about how much longer he wants to play, but he added, "I feel fine. I have a lot of miles (left) on these legs."
8. Waiting on Decker: Each team is allowed to designate two players as post-June 1 cuts. The Jets did that with Marcus Gilchrist, which allows them to spread his cap hit over 2017 and 2018. Will Eric Decker fall into the same category?
I'd be surprised if they cut Decker, who is rehabbing from hip and shoulder surgeries. He said last week he expects to be ready for training camp in late July. The way the Jets are talking, it sounds like Decker is in their plans.
"When he's ready to go full speed, obviously we'll have him out there," Bowles said.
The Jets expect rookie receivers ArDarius Stewart (third round) and Chad Hansen (fourth) to challenge for playing time, but it behooves them to keep their most accomplished receiver, assuming he gets healthy.
9. On the block: Sheldon Richardson, the subject of trade speculation, has been participating in voluntary workouts, according to Leonard Williams. He said Richardson is "showing up and working hard. He's not letting (the rumors) affect him." The downside: If he suffers a serious injury, his trade value -- already limited -- will be zilch.
10. Coach Jones: Congrats to former Jets linebacker Marvin Jones, who has been named head coach of the Colorado Crush of the Indoor Football League. Previously, he served as the Colorado defensive coordinator. Jones, a coaching intern for the Jets last summer, is a rising talent in the coaching profession.