Woody Johnson steps up

The Jets moved fast in hiring their new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.<p>

On the same day they announced the resignation of offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, they acquired his replacement.

And a big reason the Jets were able to get the job done so fast was the generosity of owner Woody Johnson.

According to a league source, Heimerdinger's three-year contract with the Jets is worth in the vicinity of $1 million per season.

There was no way that the Tennessee Titans, Heimerginger's employer the last five years, were going to match that offer.

The hiring of Heimerdinger is considered a major coup for the Jets. He is considered one of the top offensive minds in football, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher was very upset today when he found out Heimerdinger was leaving.

"It was really hard [to leave Tennessee]," said Heimerdinger. "I talked all day back and forth with [Jeff Fisher]. He is a really good friend of mine."

Prior to joining the Titans staff in 1999, Heimerdinger spent five years in Denver as the wide receiver coach, and learned a lot from Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who is considered an offensive guru.

"What I learned [in Denver] was to put players in positions to make plays," said Heimerdinger. "Find out what their strengths are."

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