The Joke that has Become Woody Johnson

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Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets coach Woody Johnson attends the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Jets have met unprecedented success under the ownership of Woody Johnson. Other than not winning a Super Bowl, this fact is not in dispute, and not what we are talking about today. We are talking about the recent version of Woody Johnson.

Remember early in his tenure, when Woody Johnson sat in the background? Remember when he let his football people run the franchise, and he ran the business end of things? Well, I wish we could return to those days, because the more we see Wooody Johnson, the more prominent he becomes, the more of a joke he becomes.

It started when they brought in Tim Tebow. No, this is not the time where we are going to debate his abilities. That can go on for days and days, so we are not opening up that can of worms right now. What I am talking about is how Woody put this move on his team. It has been reported that the Jets coaching staff never wanted Brett Favre back in 2008, and Woody is at it again. If you look at the use of Tim Tebow, it is clear that the Jets, other than on special teams, don’t want this guy here. If he is so talented, and such a useful weapon, the coaches would be using this guy more often. They aren’t, because the fact is that he is here because Woody said so. It’s insulting to Jets fans and it’s insulting to Jets fans.

Then we get to his recent comments in the news. I understand that Woody Johnson is a big contributor, and therefore a big supporter, of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Therefore it is perfectly reasonable to have him on TV to talk about politics. It’s also not unreasonable for him to say that election is more important than the football team. The fact is how and when he said it. He said it right after the team got blasted 34-0 by the 49ers. He also said it in a way that it came off of as “duh, of course the election is more important”. He made the Jets fans feel unimportant, and that is unfair of the owner to do. He could have acknowledged the football team. He didn’t, because he doesn’t care. It’s a joke.

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