The Jets Must Stop the Organizational Leaks

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Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets have their problems that they need to rectify before 2013. They have the quarterback situation to figure out. They need to square away having a bell-cow running back. They still need speed at the outside linebacker position. Those are just the roster issues, don’t forget about the front office issues, coordinators, GM, …etc. They have all of that. But, they have a much bigger problem on their hands. It is a problem that Woody Johnson must get out in front of now, before it’s too late. That problem is the leaks within the organization. They have to stop.

Now.

This has been going on all season long, and it must stop. It started early, when Gary Myers had “sources” that said that Tim Tebow would ask to be traded. Later on, there were the sources that talked about that Tim Tebow was a “terrible” quarterback. Then, we had the quarterback decision that came up, following the Cardinals game. “Sources” advised how high powered members of the Jets organization was leaning in who should start.

It didn’t stop there.

We had the rumors about Tim Tebow asking to not be used in “Wildcat” situations, after being passed over as the starter for McElroy. I admittedly jumped to conclusions on that one, as Tebow denied it, but did admit to some things he did say. Then, we have the most recent situation. Manish Mehta again released a story, citing “sources”, that said that Rex Ryan would rather be fired if Woody Johnson isn’t willing to invest in rebuilding the offense. Ryan denied the story vehemently, and expressed his displeasure at the reporter for not putting the denial in his report. Understandable.

As far as the rumors themselves, the reality is probably somewhere in the middle on each one of these stories. Something WAS probably said. In Rex’s case for example, a reporter mentioned that Rex made his comment in jest. The likely scenario is that in each one of these cases, something was said, and then was twisted to fit the story that the source wanted, and that the reporter wanted to spin. But that doesn’t matter. Something was said. And that is the problem. This organization is leaking faster than a bottle of water turned upside down with the cap off.

Woody, you have to stop this now. If you don’t, none of the roster issues mentioned above will matter.

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