Jets Owner Woody Johnson Has a Chance to Save Face

By Alan Schechter

Sept 26, 2010; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Woody Johnson likes the headlines, we have discussed that at length. He’s talked about Tim Tebow, Santonio Holmes, we have debated all of that at length. He has also expressed his interest in a return trip to “Hard Knocks”. However, he has faced opposition to the idea from his coach, we talked about it here.

Based on that, Woody Johnson has a great chance to save face. He needs to withdraw interest in the show to do so.

Why? Well, let’s give a brief review. He’s recently talked about Tim Tebow, and how the move was not to increase jersey sales. He says that selling jerseys is not their business, their business is winning games. He said how they are almost sold out of PSLs. Whether he is being truthful or not I am not going to debate here. I have made my views on his recent statements quite clear in previous posts.

The issue is the opposition. Coach Ryan doesn’t want to participate. He understands that the locker room is out of control, and needs to be reigned in. With the personalities they already have, and now adding Tim Tebow, Rex understands that their will already be a whole lot of drama surrounding the Jets this summer. The media will have questions, and the questions will not stop all of camp.

Woody Johnson can make a bold statement by withdrawing the Jets’ interest in “Hard Knocks” immediately. With his coach not interested, he would gain a lot of credibility by backing out. He would show that he is backing his team. He would show that he actually is about “winning games”.

He can save face, in the wake of his recent comments.

If he doesn’t, whether or not the Jets end up on the show, Woody Johnson will clearly be showing the world that he is about headlines and not about winning.