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Woody Johnson taken aback by Tebowmania

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Tebowmania has taken over Jets training camp, and the guy who signs the checks says he didn’t expect it.

“I think the enormity of the coverage kind of surprised me a little bit,” Johnson said Tuesday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “But nothing more than that really. . . .  I knew there would be press.  The interest, even by our standards, this is pretty amazing.”

Johnson apparently didn’t say whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing.  It can be a good thing at the cash register, or if the extra coverage now makes the players ready for the intensity of coverage that would happen if they make it to the Super Bowl.  It can be a bad thing if the intense scrutiny gets under the skin of the players and coaches — and/or if the teams that play the Jets have extra incentive to try to thump the Jets because everyone is (or eventually will be) sick of hearing about the Jets.

The Tebow coverage has made it all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue, prompting President Obama to say that Jets fans should be “nervous” about their quarterback situation.

Johnson, who has been hard at work raising money for Mitt Romney, responded in a way that, at least based on the written word, oozes with sarcasm:  “I’m glad he’s a New York Jets fan first and foremost.  That’s important.  The President of the United States being a Jets fan. That’s good. . . .  The fact that he’s a Jets fan, he cares and is passionate about the New York Jets obviously, I think is a positive.”

Johnson surely doesn’t think it’s a positive — and if he were tied to a polygraph and/or given a healthy dose of truth serum, Johnson likely would also say that, in hindsight, he doesn’t think it was a good idea to bring the Tebow circus to town.

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42 Responses to “Woody Johnson taken aback by Tebowmania”
  1. 805_9er says: Aug 7, 2012 2:57 PM

    This guy is probably one of the 5 dumbest owners in the league!

  2. frankpm says: Aug 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    ironic, since the country seems pretty nervous about IT’S quarterback situation…

  3. RockChalkMike says: Aug 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    Too many woody johnsons about Tebow.

  4. veerapan88 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:01 PM

    Comments to get unnecessarily political in 5…4…3…2…

  5. brewdiggy says: Aug 7, 2012 3:01 PM

    Woody is suprised by the amount of Tebow coverage! The Jets are a joke. Can’t wait to see a 6-10 season.

  6. tigerdactyl says: Aug 7, 2012 3:01 PM

    Yeah, who’d have guessed it?

  7. jmagnet28 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:06 PM

    Surprised you?? Are you serious?

    Did Pacman surprise you with his 12th arrest too??

  8. joowishy says: Aug 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    ESPN coverage of Jets has been over bearing at the least. There are 1696 players in the NFL, not just Tebow.

  9. jjackwagon says: Aug 7, 2012 3:09 PM

    Hey Woody,

    If you didn’t expect it, then you weren’t paying attention. Were you living under a rock last season?

  10. herlies says: Aug 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    What’s Tebow’s take on all of this?

    Quick, let’s ask him and get his comments out on the wire.

  11. eighttf says: Aug 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    “Johnson surely doesn’t think it’s a positive — and if he were tied to a polygraph and/or given a healthy dose of truth serum, Johnson likely would also say that, in hindsight, he doesn’t think it was a good idea to bring the Tebow circus to town.”

    You kidding me? Woody probably beating his Johnson to all this media coverage. It’s become pretty clear the last few years he’s more interested in headlines then wins

  12. sj39 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:12 PM

    I don’t recall any teammates ever complaining about Tebow or thr “Tebow Circus”, just certain members of the media and fans of opposing teams.

  13. eagleswin says: Aug 7, 2012 3:12 PM

    and if he were tied to a polygraph and/or given a healthy dose of truth serum, Johnson likely would also say that, in hindsight, he doesn’t think it was a good idea to bring the Tebow circus to town.

    ————————————————

    Most people thought it was a bad idea in the first place. I’d love to know the actual behind the scenes reasoning on bringing him in. Hopefully it wasn’t just to raise their media profile.

  14. jets13 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:13 PM

    Please learn from your mistakes Woody.

    I trust Rex and Mr. T to run a successful team…let them do it.

    Owners getting involved in football decisions is never a good thing.

  15. xsherr says: Aug 7, 2012 3:13 PM

    Pitiful.

  16. dexterismyhero says: Aug 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    “The Tebow coverage has made it all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue, prompting President Obama to say that Jets fans should be “nervous” about their quarterback situation.”

    Obama has been a 4 year backup at QB so he should know.

  17. allascowboys says: Aug 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    He knew exactly what was going to happen.

  18. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    Sucks when all the vultures are circling, waiting to report/criticize/overblow every thing that happens, everyday, all the time; and when the entire nation takes unreasonable joy in any little thing that goes wrong and celebrates like its July 4th every time you lose.

    Takes an incredibly special team/coaching staff/organization to overcome all that and not only win, but win with class. Anybody think the Jets are that type of team? Can anybody out there think of a team in any sport that’s been able to accomplish that?

  19. eeerockski says: Aug 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    “Like, I totally got these double-d implants to feel better about myself, like, not for guys to stare at! Like, OMG!”

  20. silencethecritics says: Aug 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    Tebow has never done anything to disserve the hate from ignorant fans or the media bashing he takes almost daily. The guy works his butt off and keeps his mouth shut. He isnt a distraction its the media that is the distraction. He may not be a great QB but he is a great teammate and has alot to offer to a team.

  21. metalhead65 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    really only cared about the jets only because of Tebow but after reading Johnson’s response to obama he is my my new favorite owner!

  22. newmarketmaulers says: Aug 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    He’s suprised? Did the Owner of the Jets follow any of the happenings of the League last year? Tebow-Mania, justifiable or not (not), was one of the biggest events to hit the league in years.

  23. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:39 PM

    So you have a QB who is average at best and then you go ahead and trade for another QB who is a polarizing figure to say the least and you didn’t see this coming? Wow.

  24. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 7, 2012 3:42 PM

    Seriously Woody???!!

    Tiki’s flabbergasted that your pretending you don’t love the attention.

    Drew is demanding an explanation as to how you could be so naive regarding “Tebowmania.”

    Flacco is wondering why you didn’t trade him instead of Tim (considering he’s the best QB in the league)

    And Bart Scott “can’t wait” to see this all blow up in your face.

    Gonna be fun to watch, right T.O.?

    “Get yo popcorn ready!” -T.O.

  25. threedeep1998 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:42 PM

    Pretty sick of hearing about a back up QB. Joe Webb can scramble and kind of throw a pass too. I hear he’s religious as well.

  26. delhommed says: Aug 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    I love the NFL unlike any other sport, but the onslaught of Tebow coverage makes me sick. Thumbs up if you feel the same way.

  27. rcali says: Aug 7, 2012 3:52 PM

    I wonder if anybody has keyed Woody in on the fact that the Locker room was a mess last season and probably not going to get much better this season.

  28. rmc1995 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:53 PM

    The Tebow coverage made it all the way to the White House? That is amazing! I didn’t even know the White House was wired for the interwebs to even get world news, never mind Tim Tebow news. What’s next? Maybe the President will fill out a NCAA tournament bracket and promote it like a piece of legislation. Nah. That would be too over the top.

  29. grpatriot says: Aug 7, 2012 4:00 PM

    Johnson and Johnson….then there’s Woody?

  30. sullijo1 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    As a Broncos fan, I’m so glad this circus left town. I can’t thank Jets fans enough. Thank you so much!

  31. bluestree says: Aug 7, 2012 4:50 PM

    I take Woody at his word when he says he didn’t realize what bringing in Tebow would do. He’s out of touch, just like Mitt.

  32. bullcharger says: Aug 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    silencethecritics says:Aug 7, 2012 3:26 PM

    Tebow has never done anything to disserve the hate from ignorant fans or the media bashing he takes almost daily. The guy works his butt off and keeps his mouth shut. He isnt a distraction its the media that is the distraction. He may not be a great QB but he is a great teammate and has alot to offer to a team.

    ——————–

    I guess he was running with no shirt in the rain to try and keep a low profile.

    I agree that he hasn’t done anything to deserve hate, but you have to admit he loves the attention he gets.

  33. sonopazzo6 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:47 PM

    If anybody can turn Tim Tebow into an NFL QB it’s Andy Reid……I hope the Jets realize their mistake and trade him to the Eagles for Darryl Tapp and Joselio Hanson and a fifth round pick……this way when Vick goes down for his annual 3 or 4 games Tebow will take the helm…….when Vick is ready to retire Tim should have learned the position by then……..dear Jesus, please make this happen!

  34. packerhater says: Aug 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    This site and the press act like Tebow is the 2nd coming of Joe Montana.

  35. nodindenver says: Aug 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    As another Bronco’s fan, I second that everybody is happy that the circus has left. The book signings, paparazzi, and the celebs hanging around in town got a little old in our dusty old cow town. Quite frankly, it took away from our snow shoveling! Well a new sheriff has rode into town and we feel fortunate that the Jets are in the AFC. Tebow’s response to Woody and Obama would be the same; I AM EXCITED!

  36. tombrookshire says: Aug 7, 2012 6:00 PM

    Odd that with the nation’s economy circling the bowl, Obama finds time to comment on Tim Tebow, then earlier last week, telling Mike Vick to “slide.” Surely the president must have more to do than read and coin quotes for Profootballtalk.com!

  37. bjamesa says: Aug 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    My problem with Tebow is not that he is a bad quarterback and it isn’t his annoying faith.

    My problem with Tim Tebow is that in 2011 we had 3 quarterbacks throw for over 5,000 yards.

    We had 3 quarterbacks throw 40+ touchdowns and another threw 39.

    The MVP of the league broke the single season mark for QB rating and had a touchdown/interceptiong differential of about 8 to 1.

    This was a year to celebrate quarterbacks and instead, the bulk of the coverage went to a guy who threw for about as many yards in his last four games as Matt Flynn threw for in his last four quarters.

    I guess it’s the medias fault, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about it…

  38. blackdonnelly says: Aug 7, 2012 8:42 PM

    I declare shenanigans…….

    Ol’ Woodrow knew what he was doing when he signed off on this acquisition. He had to have known the absolute nonsense that occurred in Denver when the Blessed One took the starting QB gig – he HAD to have known.

    Either he’s crazy like a fox (which I highly doubt) or he’s clueless……you folks can decide.

  39. edgerules says: Aug 7, 2012 10:58 PM

    To add to what bjamesa said, the OTHER thing that I can’t stand concerning Tebow is that if you dared say he is a terrible QB, you are accused of not being a Christian. Most of his fans are NOT NFL fans. A lot of them are those who are Conservative Christians who think he is a good Christian boy, etc.

  40. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 8, 2012 12:06 AM

    Is he REALY that clueless??? Woody seems aweful sensitive about Obama’s comments and comes across as a petulant child. Jets are going to implode by week 6

  41. 1historian says: Aug 8, 2012 7:24 AM

    ‘Tebowmania’, in all its mighty and glorious stupidity, is ENTIRELY a creation of the press.

    Tebow was a terrific QB in college in a system pretty much built for him. In the pros he is NOT an NFL caliber QB and his hot streak last season was a freak occurrence – it will never happen again. The fact that he is now playing for the Jets is yet more proof of the overall goofiness of the whole jets organization which I, as a Pats fan, find amusing.

    Tebow’s faith ‘annoys’ some people because the press can’t seem to get by it. The ‘press’ can’t seem to get by it because they know that it annoys some people so they keep mentioning it to get attention.

    For some reason some (a lot of?) people seem to be annoyed by Christians these days, and that is their problem.

  42. davidcl77 says: Aug 9, 2012 5:28 PM

    What an idiot.

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