Woody Johnson Responds to Criticism of Jets

Wow.  Woody Johnson talked to the media today and CAME TO PLAY.

Here’s a few of his quotes, from Daily News reporter Manish Mehta.

On the team’s record:

“The record says what’s going on,” Johnson said during practice on Thursday. “We’re a 3-6 team. Are we happy? Are they happy? Are the players happy? I know the fans aren’t happy. The answer is no.

“We’re not happy. We’re not happy with 3-6. I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season. We haven’t one of these in a while. I’m not happy about it. Yet I am optimistic.”

On his support of Mark Sanchez:

“He’s the starter,” Johnson said. “He’s part of a team. He makes his contribution as do all three elements of the team. It’s not about one player … It’s 53 players. This is a team sport.”

On priorities of his football team.

“This I really want to clear up,” Johnson said. “You guys have been accusing me of this phony story of me being more concerned with PSLs or cash or something else. Listen, my job 1, 2 and 3 is to win games. That’s why I got into football to begin with – is to win games. It’s not to sell PSLs or anything else. My job is to win games. That’s what my passion is. That’s what I want to do. That’s why I’m spending all this time in this organization. It’s not to sell PSLs or to sell hot dogs.”

“It’s to win games,” he added. “That’s my job. I take it very seriously. The coaches take it seriously and the players take it seriously. It doesn’t have anything to do with that phony argument.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I don’t doubt the sincerity of anything that Woody Johnson said today.  I do think he’s frustrated the team is in the predicament it’s in. I believe he does think that he’s in the business of winning games.  Woody has done himself no favors though this year.  One of the last times we heard from Woody, he was saying that the Jets are in a “media business.”  Is he wrong, well no … but it’s not a popular sentiment that any self-respecting fan wants to hear.  I wrote at length about this in early September.

Woody has let this PSL sentiment hang in the air for a few years now, and as best I can recall this is the most directly and sharply that he’s addressed the issue.  Still if he wants to prove that he’s not overly concerned with PSLs, then the best way is for him to put together a winning product.  He’s not done that and the people he’s put in place seem unable to do it for him.  Someone’s head is going to roll after this season unless something very miraculous happens soon … check out his retweet from his boy, The Donald.

 

Who has that courage on the Jets at 3-6?