Woody Johnson takes offense at talk he only cares about PSLs

AP

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.

42 responses to “Woody Johnson takes offense at talk he only cares about PSLs

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. “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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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”

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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 $$$$.

  21. 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.

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