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New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson had some bold words about his rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. Did the Jets just become a ‘great team’?

Is Rex Ryan back on 1 Jets Drive? No, not quite, but it certainly feels that way with all the bold proclamations from New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson.

The younger Johnson was speaking at a recent charity event in New York and he had this to say via ESPN’s Rich Cimini on his new rookie quarterback Sam Darnold:

“I honestly think (people) are going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new gear, that they became a great team.”

You can’t hype up a fan base much more than that.

This is a team that hasn’t employed a legitimate franchise quarterback since the Broadway Joe Namath days. So this is a big deal for Johnson to be coming out and appearing unafraid to swing a big stick with his words.

Rex Ryan, though …

Getting back to those Rex Ryan days for a minute, those were refreshing.

I know after a while we were tired of hearing the same song and dance and no results, but you’ve got to admit it injected the fan base with some necessary optimism that quite frankly has been missing.

I never expected newfound optimism to be raining down from Christopher Johnson, but I’ll take it where I can get it. Darnold is the highest drafted quarterback since Namath and now has an opportunity to change a team’s fortunes who have been snake bitten for the last half a century.

Namath infamously made a deal with the devil to ensure the Super Bowl 3 victory. Perhaps Darnold can reverse the curse with the Jets fanbase and get another parade coming down Broadway.

How sweet it would be.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at The Score 1260 in Syracuse and I'm extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully I'll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.