No matter how much Woody Johnson wants to complain about the reputation, he can not be absolved of blame. Whether you like Tim Tebow or not, acquiring him added to the circus reputation. You don’t bring in the most popular backup quarterback in the league, and then wonder why your team is viewed as a circus. He wanted that. Woody had his team schedule a welcome press conference for Tebow. No team ever schedules a welcome press conference for a backup QB. That adds to the perception.
Woody also wanted “Hard Knocks” back in Jets camp, when everyone else, including his GM and coach, knew that it would be disruptive. Woody wanted all of that attention. You can’t try to get all of that type of attention, and then be annoyed that your team is viewed as a circus. Sorry, Mr. Johnson, you are partially to blame.
Why else is the team viewed as a “circus”? The media! That’s why. First of all, the term “circus” was obviously not started by the Jets. The media coined that term. Then, the media writes all the headlines out of Rex’s press conference “Rex is tired of circus reputation”? You think? Of course he is tired of it. Maybe if the media stopped reporting that perception, the perception would die away.
Let’s look at other ways that the media has continued that perception.