Jets' acting owner says team is 'definitely not' tanking

The Associated Press
Ed Mulholland / USA TODAY Sports

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - New York Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson insists the team is ''definitely not'' tanking this season, despite outside talk they might be sacrificing victories for better chances at the No. 1 overall draft pick next year.

Johnson is Jets chairman and CEO with older brother Woody now serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom for President Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters for the first time Wednesday, Christopher Johnson says he will judge the fates of coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan based on how the team progresses and not wins and losses. He adds that his brother is no longer involved in any of the football decisions.

Christopher Johnson says he has been involved with many of the important decisions over the years for his brother, who bought the team in 2000.