The Joke that has Become Woody Johnson


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.

Oct 14, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) after the game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 35-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Fans, raise your hands if you have ANY interest in hearing Woody Johnson talk specifics about football. Don’t all jump at once. I know I have no interest in it, you won’t see my hand go up.

But yet, Woody continues on. When talking about Tim Tebow, he assured that the backup quarterback would be on the team for the entire three years of his contract. He also answers questions about Mark’s starting status. I thought that was the coach’s job to decide. Why would he do this? Why would Woody want to be so specific, unless he still sees dollar signs in his head? These decisions are made by the football personnel, who make decisions in the best interest of the football team. Not by an owner, who is more concerned with seat sales than wins. By the way, how did that work out Woody? It is evident that Woody has lost interest in being solely an owner, and wants to take on a role as a Jerry Jones type. The problem is, Jerry Jones actually knows something about football. Woody, YOU DON’T! Woody Johnson is turning into a joke, it’s plain and simple.

And then, we have Sunday. The pinnacle of the joke that has become Woody Johnson. For anyone who doesn’t know already, the honorary captain, and leader of the initial “J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!” chant for the day, was John Cena. Yes, as I understand it, John Cena is a major face of the WWE, and some big event is happening at MetLife Stadium for the WWE. Fine. But John Cena is a DIE HARD PATRIOTS FAN! What business does a Patriots fan leading any Jets fans to do anything? The answer is he does not. The WWE has nothing to do with the New York Jets.

If you want to bring John Cena over to the stadium to promote your event, FINE! But first of all, don’t dress him up in Jets gear. The WWE has nothing to do with the New York Jets. People are going to attend, or not attend, a WWE event, irregardless of some guy related to the event is dressed up in Jets gear. Secondly, he should not be an honorary Jets captain, especially when he is a professed Patriots fan. Bring him in, and shoot a commercial in front of an empty stadium. Do not insult your fans by having a guy that roots for your rival, leading your chant.

Jets fans are not this stupid, Woody Johnson. We can all see that your agenda is lining your pockets, rather than this football team. We are getting sick of it Woody. You have become a joke, and we have had it up to here.