Jerry Richardson, Woody Johnson initially dug in after Monday night debacle

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After Monday night’s Seahawks-Packers game, the last play of which a surprising number of people (of course, “one” would be a surprising number of people) believe was called correctly, multiple NFL owners were inclined to keep fighting the locked-out officials.

Judy Battista of the New York Times reports that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and Jets owner Woody Johnson initially wanted to dig in.  Others, like Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Giants co-owner John Mara, were concerned that damage was being done to the NFL.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who along with Mara, Texans owner Bob McNair, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt helped negotiate the contract, believed it was time.  “There was a sense of urgency on both sides to get it done,” Blank said.  “The integrity of the brand is incredibly important.  The officiating was creating more controversy and focus on it than on play, and that’s something you never want to happen.”

Now, both a deal and damage have been done.  While Commissioner Roger Goodell ultimately did what he was paid to do by the men who wanted to pay the officials as little as possible, it’ll be interesting to see who, if anyone, catches the blame for believing that replacement officials wouldn’t create a complete and total clusterfudge that crossed over into mainstream news and late-night TV.

Unless the league office told the owners “this will be a complete and total clusterfudge that crosses over into mainstream news and late-night TV” and the owners told the league office to proceed despite that warning, someone made a very bad assessment regarding the capability of third-tier-and-worse replacements, and that someone eventually could be pursuing other interests and/or spending more time with his or her family and/or taking a high-paying, big-title gig with one of the 32 teams.

64 responses to “Jerry Richardson, Woody Johnson initially dug in after Monday night debacle

  1. This is exactly why Woody & the Jets will never actually win anything. Obviously Woody feels it’s ok to ram an inferior product down the fans throats. The guy has more money than he’ll ever know what to do with but there he is, as the integrity of the game suffers, watching pennies. I really feel for Jet fans with this guy as your owner.

  2. Kraft and Mara vs. Johnson and Richardson.

    All you have to do is look at the success of each of those sides franchises over the past decade to formulate which business (and football) decision was the best one.

    5 Superbowls vs 0.

  3. This hand wringing is so absurd. I PROMISE you that in a month, it will be but a footnote. There was NO permanent damage inflicted on “the shield”. And I doubt very much any reasonable person with an ounce of critical thinking skills believes it will amount to anything other than a fond memory. Cause let’s face it. That was some entertaining stuff out there! Glad its over, but the hyperbole of the narrative from PFT and others on the “damage” to the brand is… well… hyperbole.

  4. Well, there’s a reason why Kraft and Mara, not Richardson and Johnson, are considered two of the best owners in the league (as we know, they were also key figures in the CBA getting done).

  5. And all the while, Jerry Jones was thinking, “Problem? What problem? I just go to bed at halftime so I can miss the officiating meltdown at the end of the game.”

  6. I can respect Jerry Richardson’s view, even if I totally disagree with the position he took. He knows the game from the player side. But I can’t understand Woody Johnson being a hardcase, unless it’s just a case of blind stupidity.

    As for Kraft, his view sure seemed to change after last Sunday night, didn’t it? It’s funny how a couple of L’s can do that.

  7. What a shock that it was those two who were willing to sacrifice the integrity of the league to prove to the refs who is the bossman.

    Richardson, who has long been one of the league’s most decrepit, embarrassing owners…and Johnson who is part of Mitt Romney’s 1% brigade, following him around Israel and elsewhere while disparaging Americans that actually have to work for a living.

    If Johnson had his way, the NFL shield would contain the motto, “Let Them Eat Cake”.

  8. Two of the leagues biggest greed chasers. Wake up, the owners don’t care about fans. They only care about the ones stupid enough to pay outrageous PSL fees, outrageous season ticket prices, ridiculous food/beverage prices, asinine parking charges, and skyhigh memorabilia prices.

    If the league really cared about the fans, they would make more than 1,000 tickets available to the Super Bowl, instead of giving away tens of thousands to politicians, city officials, sponsors, and celebrities.

  9. “and that someone eventually could be pursuing other interests and/or spending more time with his or her family and/or taking a high-paying, big-title gig with one of the 32 teams. ”

    Big -Title gig with one of the 32 teams ?

    Goodell ?…

    Elaboration requested please .

  10. I bet if those two clowns were on the snotty end of that monday night boinking, they would have been ready for the real refs to come back.

    The NFL damaged their credibility through the first 3 weeks. The only reason the NFLRA and the NFL came to terms is because of the blown Monday night game. They can say whatever they want, but when they had a millions of fans upset with how the NFL presented their product, things changed.

    If it wasnt just the GB/Seattle game, it was a huge collection of iffy calls, missed calls, wrong calls and bad calls. Now, these replacement officials are whining about how critical everyone was of them. HUH? If they had done a decent job, no one would have even noticed. The NFL and replacement officials bit off way more than they could chew, and tried to fluff it up like it was going alright with that scenerio playing out as it was. What a joke!

  11. I worry about the newer group of owners who were not around for the building of the league. I fear they see it as a sheep that they can skin instead of shear, cause as an owner they have never known anything except being at the top. You can knock Al Davis all you want, but he knew it was time to get a deal done with the players because at some point you’re just slitting YOUR throat along with theirs. The league is going to miss all the old guard owners….these newer guys are on a short term cash grab, and not a building mode.

  12. Before anyone goes throwing accusations around, this wasn’t a Republican vs. Democrat thing.

    Jerry Richardson has given money to both sides when it comes to politics.

    Woody Johnson is another story all toghether, but he is just one owner out of 32.

  13. Have to believe Jerry Jones was in that group as well. NO ONE defended the replacement refs more than he did.
    Plus, he had the gall to declare on Wed. that he had not seen the Green Bay debacle call so he couldn’t comment on it.
    My grandma saw it on The Today Show by then ! Members of the Taliban hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan had seen it by then!

    Lying is a way of life for those guys.

  14. Once again, Bob Kraft has distinguished himself as a leader among owners and a voice of reason in an NFL labor dispute. In view of his amazing accomplishments as an NFL owner, I can’t think of a better first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer in the contributors category.

  15. Thank you for your work on discovering which side of the referee battle the owners were on. Feel free to throw the rest of the greedy owners under the bus. I hope the Jets and Panther fans are proud of their owners. As a Texans fan, I can say I am proud to find out that Bob McNair’s head was in the right place.

  16. Every owner knew that bozos would be calling games and didn’t give squat about the fans or players. They were already paid and the sucker fans kept filling up the seats and buying NFL products. Only when the multi-billion dollar business became an international laughingstock did owners like Blank (Falcons), Mara (Giants), and Kraft (Patriots) push to get a deal done. Owners like Johnson (Jets) and Richarson (Panthers) were content to have the product ridiculed until the locked out refs surrendered.

  17. Woody Johnson is the most aloof and incompetent owner of the 32, by far. HE brings in Tebow because of $$$, instead of acquiring pieces — or at least attempting — to build around Sanchez and give him a chance. He undermines his QB with his “can never have enough Tebow” line. The worst, WORST owner of the bunch. I’d kill for a guy like Mara or Kraft to right this ship. As it stands, I don’t have any confidence this team will ever win a superbowl with this buffoon as the owner.

  18. Jerry Richardson is proof that just being in the League or around it doesn’t make you fit to run an organization. The fact Marty Hearny is still around as GM with the draft-day debacles he’s pulled shows Jerry is too busy adding up profits to be in touch. Too bad, as the fans of Carolina have used up a whole lot of patience watching the team crumble over the last few years with no free agent moves or apparent caring about wins and losses. It’s all about the cash.

  19. That’s funny, I could have sworn it was Roger Goodell’s fault for the lockout because he is a greedy jerk-off. You mean to tell me all those Goodell haters were wrong? Imagine that!

  20. I’m guessing the filthy rich owners in the NFL didn’t get to be that way by being honest, or by giving in to the demands of others. On a side note, since the Packers got screwed over in a game, I’d say it was all worth it.

  21. Being a little dramatic there aren’t we, Mike?

    Only real damage done here is that the Packers lost a game they shouldn’t have.

    Owners are still arrogant jackwagons, and they don’t care what we think.

    The fans will still watch on the tube, buy the merchandise, fill up most of the stadiums, and place their hard earned money on the games.

    So other than the unfortunate loss the Packers suffered, thats about the extent of the “damage”.
    Pretty minimal, imo.

  22. Poor Woody is just stupid.
    Jerry Richardson is simply a jerk. Always has been.

    They should get the Bountygate Boys to speak for them. Scott Fujita will deny that refs are important to the game. Vilma will cry and Drew Brees will demand an explanation on just how different the NFL is from the Lingerie League.

  23. There you go all you Goodell haters…maybe now you will finally figure out that Goodell works for these filthy rich, money grubbing idiots and give the man a break from your misguided hatred.

  24. Miami owner Stephen Ross wanted each game to have celebrity referees and to give away team-colored toilet brushes to help distract the fans from the bad calls.

  25. Richardson made his billions with Hardee franchises that paid, at best, minimum wage. Anyone wonder why he was the leading owner to insist on locking out the players last year and refs this year. He could care less about the league, players or “protecting the shield”. Just pay the nothing and keep charging higher prices.

  26. drgreenstreak says: Sep 28, 2012 3:43 PM

    Poor Woody is just stupid.
    Jerry Richardson is simply a jerk. Always has been.

    They should get the Bountygate Boys to speak for them. Scott Fujita will deny that refs are important to the game. Vilma will cry and Drew Brees will demand an explanation on just how different the NFL is from the Lingerie League.

    *************************************

    Any clue on just how lame that was?

  27. It makes sense.

    If you have a mediocre team, the replacement refs probably help you. They add more variance the game, which can help a mediocre to bad team in the short run.

  28. Every time I hear Arthur Blank’s name pop up, he is always handling himself in a positive note, whether it is in a bad situation or good, he seems to always be making the right decisions. The guy is one the best owners in football.

  29. Here it is at the end of the week and Letterman still got his largest and loudest applause for the replacement referee jokes.

    Take note of which owners were in favor of the lock out and never making a deal. They are the billionaires insulated from the public by “yes” men.

    They haven’t remembered that when you stop respecting and listening to your customers, your business will always suffer.

    Almost everyone dislikes immorality (except for viking customers).

  30. Jerry Richardson acted like a clown last year, too.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/14/more-details-emerge-on-jerry-richardsons-interaction-with-peyton-manning-drew-brees/

    I’m glad Houston has Bob McNair. The Texans are a first class organization with first class players, coaches, and front office. They rarely have player problems and their coaches act like professionals. McNair also knows how to stay out of the public eye and do business in meetings, not thriough the media…unlike another Texas owner…

  31. The new guard of owners frighten me. Seems they just care about lining their pockets. They are slaying the golden goose, it seems. Thank goodness for some of the old guard….

  32. Jerry Richardson is a nasty, bitter old man who wants to shove it to everyone. It’s not a money thing. Richardson spearheaded the ridiculous player lockout because he resents the millions he has to pay his players after he worked for $9,500 salary when he played for the Colts in prehistoric times. Go back to flipping burgers Jerry.

  33. Talk junk about Jerry being cheap and tight. The same owner that kept all his employees on the payroll full time during the player lockout.
    And excuse him for not wanting to cave in on giving part time employees that have no accountability and can’t be fired or replaced a full pension and 401k and 150k per year, first class air fair, and great perks. Yeah, he’s tight. That pension system is unbelievable.
    Thats why unions have put this country in the cellar.

  34. Anyone who takes a jab at Jerry Richardson for being a crappy owner is a fool. He may be a pain in the neck business man, but he’s always done right by his fans and employees.

  35. One only needs to look at the state of these two franchises (Panthers and Jets) and it’s not surprising that besides running their own teams into the ground, they were willing to run the NFL into the ground also. I am kind of surprised that Jerrah Jones wasn’t with them……but, I won’t be surprised if we later find out that Jerrah was the ring leader of the failed coup’.

  36. “The new guard of owners frighten me. Seems they just care about lining their pockets”

    They have to. They have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into their teams. Most of the “old guard” inherited theirs for free.

  37. “Every time I hear Arthur Blank’s name pop up, he is always handling himself in a positive note, whether it is in a bad situation or good, he seems to always be making the right decisions. The guy is one the best owners in football.”

    I guess you can tell by all the Super Bowl wins.

  38. Billionaires quibbling over a pittance given their overall profits. Clearly union busting objective while showing how callous they really are deep into their marrows, and how little they care about the game and league in general. Compare the success of these two pikers and Mr. K and Mr. M. Not many questions eh?

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