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Woody Johnson takes offense at talk he only cares about PSLs


Jets owner Woody Johnson is not pleased with the talk that he cares more about how much money he can make from personal seating licenses than he cares about the team’s win-loss record.

Johnson addressed the media today and said that he doesn’t appreciate suggestions that he only wants to add to his billions. Johnson says what he really wants is to win the Super Bowl.

“This I really want to clear up,” Johnson said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “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.”

Johnson also said he remains committed to Mark Sanchez as the quarterback to lead the team, although he also acknowledged that all players are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

“He is our franchise quarterback,” Johnson said of Sanchez. “That’s what he is.”

But Sanchez is a franchise quarterback who has had a rough season, just like the Jets have. Johnson acknowledges it’s not good enough.

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

And when Johnson says he’s optimistic, he means he thinks he’ll some day hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy, not that he’ll lead the league in revenue.

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42 Responses to “Woody Johnson takes offense at talk he only cares about PSLs”
  1. budramsfan says: Nov 15, 2012 2:10 PM

    Maybe he should stick to selling hotdogs

  2. beecee71 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:11 PM

    sanchez being the franchise qb is exactly why the franchise is where it is.

  3. fuglyflorio says: Nov 15, 2012 2:14 PM

    Yeah. It’s not the PSLs that he likes … it’s the money he gets from selling them. Duh.

  4. FinFan68 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:19 PM

    There is a huge difference between “a” franchise quarterback and “the” or “our” franchise quarterback. The first is an elite player that the team can be built around for a decade-long run of success; the latter two simply describe the guy who happens to play QB for a specific franchise.

  5. cervetta12 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:21 PM

    Yeah right. This is why I WON’T renew my tix for next season.

    -Jets fan

  6. wayne1693 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:35 PM

    Never in the history of the NFL has a mediocre team received so much free publicity…

  7. db105 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:37 PM

    I’m sure he’d like us to believe that.

  8. gronkspike802 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:44 PM

    Of course he isn’t going to admit it…it would be bad for business!

  9. gronkspike802 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:46 PM

    I’m a Patriots fan and I honestly feel bad for Jets fans that they have this guy as their owner. Nobody deserves that.

  10. ajg314 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:47 PM

    Well Woody, then put your money where your mouth is; this off season, get rid of Tannenbaum and Ryan. Then, open up the checkbook and write whatever number it’ll take to get Cowher to be the Head Coach. Then turn the entire football operation, from GM or whatever on down, over to him to run. Then I’ll believe you that you really want to win.

  11. flash1283 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:50 PM

    This organization is just a joke!

  12. bigzant82 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:52 PM

    why dont people ask him the question of why didnt he open up is check book for peyton manning why didnt he instruct the team too do watever possible to get that man as the QB even if sanchez was having his feelings hurt
    you be at least a 7- win or more team with him smh

  13. scrp2 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:56 PM

    What does Broadway Joe have to say about all this?

  14. realitypolice says: Nov 15, 2012 2:59 PM

    Actions speak louder than words. If Tannebaum and Ryan are packing up their offices and leaving town the Monday after the last game of the season, he might care about winning.

    If not, he probably doesn’t.

  15. santolonius says: Nov 15, 2012 3:03 PM

    blah blah blah… let tebow have a shot already!

  16. ghostjet says: Nov 15, 2012 3:06 PM

    Ok ,woody here is your the answer you seek in winning with a pro team. first, call Parcels and set up a meeting with him ,a instruction writer and Rex Ryan .put them all together for a week ,and write a book on “how to build ,manage and be a head coach”.Second the players are employees ,put it in their contracts to shut the hell up and only say what is approved to say to the media by the jets media liaison. Lastly call don Trump about how to restructure a business , he may be nuts to the world but no one can argue that his ability to reinvent the wheel isn’t top notch.

  17. kylexitron says: Nov 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    I’m a Seahawks season ticket holder, and I’ve seen teams like the rams and cardinals and for many years the 49ers come to seattle and play poor football. (not trying to slam those teams but we know the story of the NFC west over the years).

    That being said I’m not sure I’ve seen an offense so completely unexciting, innefective, and lost as what the jets put on the field sunday.

    for an owner that talks so much about a commitment to winning, you sure have taken a winner and turned it into a real loser.

  18. billhicks666 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:09 PM

    Me thinks he doth protest too much. This guy is clearly more about cash and coverage – adding to his billions and exposure for his team (Tim Tebow, anyone?).

  19. andrewproughcfe says: Nov 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    So – when do all those Jersey folks get their PSL money back, since he obviously doesn’t want it?

  20. cliffordc05 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:22 PM

    Is there anyone associated with the Jets who does not feel the need to go running to the newspapers every day! This franchise is a joke.

  21. pickney1 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:26 PM

    At the end of the day the reason Mr.Johnson forced Tebow on the Jets because he thought it would be seen as a gesture when forcing fans to pay more for the seats to watch a Sub-par product on the field.

    At the end of the day every owner is a Business man here to make profit, while their are owners to actually care that their team wins, there are a majority of owners who dont care about their team and are only concerned with making a profit.

  22. oriolesvsravens says: Nov 15, 2012 3:26 PM

    It’s not winning.

  23. 69finfan says: Nov 15, 2012 3:28 PM

    As a die hard Fin Fan our Ownership, General Management, Coaching Staff etc. has been suspect as of late but I love the Jests because their whole team from Ownership down to the waterboy makes the Fins look like a bunch of geniuses, like they just invented the cure for the common cold. Woody, I would like mustard and relish with my dog. Thanks!

  24. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 15, 2012 3:42 PM

    He certainly did sign up for a 3-6 team. He employed the people that employed other people to arrive with this set of coaches and players that resulted in a 3-6 team, it’s all his doing based upon his choices of what he signed up for. So I accept his opinion about everything he has to say except that part which is refutable about what he signed up for.

  25. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:45 PM

    If you want to sell PSLs, put Tebow on the field. By the way, if you want to win games you might also put Tebow on the field.

  26. hehateme2 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:48 PM

    “I didn’t sign up for a 3-6 season. We haven’t had one of these in a while?”..Really-

    Good old Woody must not be familiar with the jets history of being a under .500% winning franchise. They rank at the bottom of the AFC East in playoffs wins, AFC Titles and every other metric. 1 snif at the Super Bowl 43 years ago doesn’t inspire his nonsense either.

  27. sicarii87 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:03 PM

    He can buddy up with Mike Brown!
    Hell of a cute couple right there.

  28. 3yardsndust says: Nov 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    Dude’s a clown.

  29. jetsfaninjersey says: Nov 15, 2012 4:22 PM

    Woody….do the fans a favor and sell the team..Your heart just isn’t in the right spot…Your heart truly is in your wallet and the PSL’s no matter what you say…

  30. bullcharger says: Nov 15, 2012 4:25 PM

    Good and bad owners all care about the money and filling seats. The difference is good owners realize that winning will ultimately raise revenue in the long term and sensational moves like getting Tebow will ultimately fill seats for 1 year max.

  31. annes22 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:27 PM

    His locker room is a mess, maybe he should sort that out. It’s no different to last year, it’s time to fire Rex, and Tony Sparano sucks too. Tony is responsible for the ” wonderful” playing of Tebow.

  32. pixelito says: Nov 15, 2012 4:37 PM

    He’s looking more and more like Leon Hess.

  33. jgedgar70 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    ajg314 says:
    Nov 15, 2012 2:47 PM
    Well Woody, then put your money where your mouth is; this off season, get rid of Tannenbaum and Ryan. Then, open up the checkbook and write whatever number it’ll take to get Cowher to be the Head Coach. Then turn the entire football operation, from GM or whatever on down, over to him to run. Then I’ll believe you that you really want to win.
    I feel compelled to remind you that Cowher coached the Steelers for 15 years, and appeared in only 2 Super Bowls, winning one. But hey, knock yourself out. Matter of fact, go ahead and get him, so there will be one less team competing with my Panthers for Chip Kelly.

  34. thejohnsmith1122 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:11 PM

    Well now the election is over, Woody can make winning his #1 priority again…unfortunately it’s too late. His team is losing and players are turning against each other, both current and ex.

  35. roadtrip3500 says: Nov 15, 2012 5:31 PM

    Woody Johnson’s biggest flaw is that he’s an NFL owner in the same city as John Mara. Johnson is an heir; Mara is running the almost-90-year family business – and Mara knows a bad team affects his bottom line far more than a bad Jets team affects Johnson’s.

    While the Jets crowed about losing consecutive AFC championship games, the Giants won two Super Bowls. Mike Tannenbaum can’t hold a candle to Jerry Reese as far as personnel decisions. Rex Ryan dreams of having the head coaching career on Tom Coughlin’s resumé.

    The 6-4 Giants are being criticized for lackluster play because fans and media feel they should be a division winner going away. The 3-6 Jets are being viewed as “same ol’ Jets” because they don’t have a history of success and their ongoing circus is par for the course.

    The Jets have a chance at winning only when…
    – Woody Johnson backs out of the spotlight
    – he turns football operations to a seasoned professional VP/GM
    – they hire a coaching staff with a clear vision for the offense and defense, led by a head coach who controls all facets of his team
    – they get quality players who will do whatever it takes to succeed

  36. thejuddstir says: Nov 15, 2012 5:45 PM

    Six days a week we can count on hearing from one of these 6…..Woody Johnson, Rexy Ryan, Cromartie, Jerrah Jones, Stephan Jones or Robbie Ryan……… God says “and on Sunday I prove all 6 wrong once again”

  37. tluke25 says: Nov 15, 2012 6:33 PM

    I think the season ticket holders deserve an explanation for the whole Tim Tebow thing. Whose idea was it?

    Anybody could tell you that if your starting QB plays poorly, and you have Tebow on your roster (and choose to not play him), that it would automatically become a huge distraction and your team would ultimately implode.

    Furthermore, whose idea was it to give Sanchez a gigantic raise? Did anyone not watch him perform his first 3 seasons? He has been nothing but atrocious.

    The house definitely needs cleaned.

  38. harry1941 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:57 PM

    The Jet fans don’t see the big picture. The wildcat is being kept under cover. Being kept from NE. The Jets will win over the Rams, and beat NE.Amen

  39. theboglin says: Nov 15, 2012 9:04 PM

    This is the same guy who said he would rather see Mitt Romney win the election than for the Jets to win the Super Bowl. Ergo, he’s all about the $$$$.

  40. fdugrad says: Nov 15, 2012 9:24 PM

    Apparently Mr J. takes offense at the TRUTH!!

  41. ytownjoe says: Nov 15, 2012 10:17 PM

    Now that Woody’s guy lost the race for President, he’s focused on winning at football.. Especially now that his taxes are going up.

  42. kappy32 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:37 PM

    Worst owner in football.

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