Chris Johnson interview with comic Dave Dameshek Dan Leberfeld

Dave Dameshek: What goals have you set for yourself this upcoming season?

Chris Johnson: Basically, I’m just trying to win. Winning, that’s the number one thing on my mind right now. I have been to the playoffs one year since I’ve been in the league so it’s a situation where it’s desperately what I’m focused on.

Dameshek: Has bringing in the new pieces made the New York Jets ready to get back in the playoffs?

Johnson: Yeah I think so. I think we brought in some guys who can make some plays and help this offense out. We already have a great defense. Those guys [will] continue to do their thing. Hopefully we can come in and help those guys out and put points on the board.

Dameshek: Can Eric Decker handle being the leading pass catcher?

Johnson: I think so. From being at practice, seeing how he works, how hard he’s practicing, and seeing how good his hands are—and all those types of things. I think he can be that guy.

Dameshek: What are your thoughts on Rex Ryan?

Dameshek: With Rex [Ryan], it’s a situation where he’s a fine guy, a player’s guy and he wants to win. It’s a situation, anytime like that who can keep all the guys going. The guys love him. The staff and organization loves him. It’s a situation where you want to give your all for a guy like that.

Dameshek: The Jets approach to the media . . .

Johnson: I feel like that’s the Jets’ way. They don’t really tell you what not to say and what not to do. At the end of the day, everybody is their own guy. The only thing they really can do is warn you and prep you on some of the type of things that can happen but at the end of the day, you’re still going to still say what you want to say anyways.

Dameshek: What advice he would share with Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel?

Johnson: Be your own man. Do what you got to do. It’s the offseason. That’s when you get time to do whatever you want to do and live your life. I’m pretty sure once the season gets here, he’ll be alright. He’s going to focus in on football. But this is the time now to where he’ll be able to hang out and do some of the things you want to do. Because once the season gets here, you really have no life. It’s just football and football.

Dameshek: Who’d win a foot-race between you or QB Michael Vick?

Johnson: Of course me.