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Woody Johnson: It comes down to the QB, he can’t fumble

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Mark Sanchez’s infamous buttfumble appears to be fresh in the mind of Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Hours before the NFL draft, Johnson told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that no matter what the Jets do with their two first-round draft picks, the Jets won’t succeed in 2013 if they don’t get competent quarterback play.

“It comes down to the play of the quarterback. He can’t fumble the football. A lot of livelihoods depend on that,” Johnson told Paolantonio.

Johnson and Sanchez spoke on Wednesday night, and Sanchez told Johnson he is buying into new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system.

“This is his third language he’s had to learn,” Johnson said of Sanchez. “But he seemed to be comfortable so far.”

The Jets might draft a quarterback, but the player they really seem to have an eye on is West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin. Johnson may have hinted at the Jets’ desire to draft Austin when he said, “We want to get younger and faster.”

If Austin is the pick, that would be a boost to the offense. But the offense won’t go anywhere without better quarterback play than it got last year.

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47 Responses to “Woody Johnson: It comes down to the QB, he can’t fumble”
  1. papoose059 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    He can’t throw*

  2. hatasgonnahate says: Apr 25, 2013 6:21 PM

    **BUTTFUMBLE

  3. doomsdaydefensetx says: Apr 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    If Tavon Austin can’t line up against Wilfork and Mario Williams on Sunday he shouldn’t be drafted… No QB could function withy hat horrid O line

  4. slugdub says: Apr 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    This entire organization is one giant fumble…

  5. thesteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 6:22 PM

    LOL! They can take an undrafted quarterback in and he would still be better than Sanchez.

  6. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 25, 2013 6:23 PM

    buttfumble

  7. brassknuckles47 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:24 PM

    This is P.T. Barnum country!

  8. randallflagg52 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    Regardless of what you think about Mark Sanchez as a player, I would personally just like to thank him for introducing the term “buttfumble” into the American lexicon.

  9. raideralex99 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    When I saw fumble and QB in the same sentence … I thought Woody was talking about Geno “36 fumbles” Smith.

  10. donmcg2012 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:25 PM

    Comes down to the QB huh? Guess those other 10 players are just there for the show. Hey Sanchez, make sure you cover the receivers this year, looks like you’ll be responsible for the defensive breakdowns this year.

    It’s all on you.

  11. ibreathefootball says: Apr 25, 2013 6:26 PM

    Aka that means he doesn’t want Mark stank Sanchez any more!

  12. 1brocktacular says: Apr 25, 2013 6:26 PM

    Hello Geno…. Welcome to Jersey

  13. wryly1 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    Woody butt-fumbled twice: first when he traded up for Sanchez – and again when he guaranteed him $8.5 meg for this year.

  14. thesteelers says: Apr 25, 2013 6:33 PM

    LOL! Any QB is better than Butt Fumble.

  15. RexCanCoach says: Apr 25, 2013 6:34 PM

    I love it when Bills, Dolphins, Cowboy fans all pile on the Jets.

    Because your teams are even more dismal failures in every way.

    Hey at least the Jets actually go to the playoffs and have won playoff games too bad your teams all blow.

  16. surfinbird1 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:37 PM

    Tavon Austin a jet! What a waste of talent that would be.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 25, 2013 6:37 PM

    It’s his third language after Mexican and American.

  18. FinFan68 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:41 PM

    No matter how good or bad Sanchez winds up being, the “buttfumble: will follow him forever. Just like Orlovsky running out the back of the end zone or Elway lining up under the guard.

  19. lbcoach34 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:42 PM

    brilliant footbll mind…no fumbles; ok, got it

  20. realdealsteel says: Apr 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    Let me see…

    1. Horrible Offensive line…

    2. Worst starting RB in the NFL (Shonne Greene)…

    3. No Wide Receivers……..

    Okay..explain to me again how Sanchez was suppose to succeed in this offense again?

  21. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    how are they gonna draft austin, when sanchez cant get the ball to him, i bet his agent is hoping the jets dont draft him, it will ruin the young man

  22. pftfan says: Apr 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    Its funny, there’s about 5 ELITE QB’s, 5 really good QB’s….and 22 other guys. How many fans who crap on Sanchez and the buttfumble on this site every day root for those 21 other guys?

  23. billmead1976 says: Apr 25, 2013 6:46 PM

    If Sanchez were like his other bros from USC, he should have stayed for his senior year.

    At USC, year 1 the teach fumbles, year 2 they teach interceptions, year 3 they teach media spin. year 4 they teach clipboard holding.

  24. thebadguyswon says: Apr 25, 2013 6:50 PM

    People bash Jones, but Woody Johnson is the biggest idiot of an owner in the entire league.

  25. mhgator says: Apr 25, 2013 6:59 PM

    Jets fan are the absolute cutest. You run your mouth and when your fortunes fall, all you can do is take potshots at others.

    Instead of worrying about tonight’s draft, I would be focused on who you will be picking first next year.

    Go Miami!

  26. hrmlss says: Apr 25, 2013 6:59 PM

    They should get Tim Teb…….oh never mind.

  27. j0esixpack says: Apr 25, 2013 7:00 PM

    But Wrecks promised that Sanchez would be the QB “as long as I am head coach”… So unless he fires Wrecks, he’s stuck with Sanchez

  28. 49erstim says: Apr 25, 2013 7:07 PM

    I don’t like to pile on Sanchez. It would be different if he had a team around him. All of his passing targets ended up injured for a good chunk of the season, his running game was ABYSMAL and don’t get me started on the pass protection…..and that is just OFFENSE! I watched the “buttfumble” game (grow up by the way) and EVERYBODY was turning the ball over for Gang Green. I’m not a fan of the Jets and I also get a good laugh at the circus type atmosphere they invite, but let us at the very least be fair with our criticism.

  29. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 25, 2013 7:07 PM

    In four seasons Mark “Hollywood” Sanchez has thrown 68 touchdowns, 69 interceptions, and fumbled 43 times. Is the sample size not enough?

  30. justintuckrule says: Apr 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    Other than Eli, Rodgers, Brady, Flacco, Brees, Ben, and one or two others I might have missed, Sanchez has more playoff wins than any other QB. Unless you’re a fan of one of the above, you really should just sit silent and wait for the next blog entry because your stank QB is likely just as bad.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:13 PM

    when the jets play, they should just play that old benny hill music

  32. justintuckrule says: Apr 25, 2013 7:15 PM

    Not a Jets fan at all but I find it comical that Dolphins fans are chiming in. Coming from a team that’s had more QBs in the last 13 years than paid fans in attendance, you guys really need to leave Sanchez alone.

  33. skydivn01 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:18 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Apr 25, 2013 6:43 PM
    Let me see…

    1. Horrible Offensive line…

    2. Worst starting RB in the NFL (Shonne Greene)…

    3. No Wide Receivers……..

    Okay..explain to me again how Sanchez was suppose to succeed in this offense again?

    Yes, Yes, and Yes… but even on the rare occasion when all those clicked… he still couldn’t throw.

  34. nobby821 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:21 PM

    You can take the Sanchez out of the butt fumble–but you cant take the butt fumble out of the Sanchez

  35. bigbwoy000 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:22 PM

    Woody Johnson makes Daniel Snyder look like Vince Lombardi.

    Mark is never going to “carry” a team but he is more than serviceable with a TEAM around him. He had the worst O-line, WR’s & running back in the league.

    Vick had more turnovers last year with a comparable O-line, 2 very solid WR’s & one of the leagues best RB’s.

    Woody is a jackass, what owner fires a GM but keeps the HC?
    Who hires a GM from outside the organization & doesn’t allow him to hire his own coach?

    Only the NFL’s worst owner.

  36. boogymanoflamancha says: Apr 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    “This is his third language he’s had to learn,”

    English and Spanish I can see.
    But it’s all Greek to him.

  37. nobreak1269 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:30 PM

    At least the buttfumble was an HONEST mistake-unlike the cheating patriots SPYGATE FIASCO!!

  38. zinn22 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:31 PM

    Apr 25, 2013 6:43 PM

    Let me see…

    1. Horrible Offensive line…

    2. Worst starting RB in the NFL (Shonne Greene)…

    3. No Wide Receivers……..

    Okay..explain to me again how Sanchez was suppose to succeed in this offense again?

    —————————————————————-

    1. Wrong. The Jets OL in 2012 graded out as the 4th best OL in the league according to PFF.

    2. The Jets had the 10th best running game in the league in 2012.

    3. Sanchez led the league in underthrows and overthows.

    4. Sanchez led the league in turnovers.

    The problems in 2012 began and ended with the QB

  39. cochranlawyer says: Apr 25, 2013 7:33 PM

    It’s simple, you can’t win with San cheez us. He had one good year and has fallen off worse every year since. Granted, he has lacked some play makers around him, but at least hold on to the ball when you get hit.

    Not a whole lot about him that engenders confidence and inspires play from his teammates around him. Wish Jets would find someone willing to absorb that salary and just really stink this year while breaking in new talent and start fresh in 2014 with a few more good young draft picks and by then hopefully Idzik has fixed the mess that Tannenbaum created with salary cap issues. It should be criminal the shape he left the Jets in.

  40. bullsonparade1977 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:41 PM

    Does geno Smith really have 36 fumbles?

  41. nobreak1269 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:41 PM

    NOTHING since SPYGATE is more worse than the buttfumble.Bite it pat fans-the JETS will be better than you think this year.

  42. hatesycophants says: Apr 25, 2013 7:50 PM

    The fact is, Sanchez, who is mediocre at best, is a more successful starting QB than Romo. There, had to be said.

  43. thefiesty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 7:57 PM

    This is what happens when the “owner” gets involved in the football operations. Owner should own and let the management/coaches handle the draft and games. stay out of the way. Their opinion doesn’t matter. Especially in his case and for Jerry Jones.

  44. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 25, 2013 8:10 PM

    We need an Offensive line. Protect Sanchez. If he can’t deliver with protection, game over. His Butt Fumble Legacy will be set.

  45. rajbais says: Apr 25, 2013 8:56 PM

    In acquisitions same for you too!!!

    Tebow????

  46. abninf says: Apr 25, 2013 9:13 PM

    RexCanCoach says:

    I love it when Bills, Dolphins, Cowboy fans all pile on the Jets.

    Because your teams are even more dismal failures in every way.

    Hey at least the Jets actually go to the playoffs and have won playoff games too bad your teams all blow.
    ====================================

    The Superbowl is all that matters. Your team last win it when I was 2 years old. I’m now 45. My team has won five in that time.

  47. pisano says: Apr 26, 2013 12:21 AM

    Will someone tell Woody the Jets don’t have a QB, and if they want to be competitive they’ll need to acquire one. I think Woody lacks insight, he’s watch Sanchez be the laughing stock of the NFL for the last couple of years, he needs to replace Sanchez, or at the very least make him the back up or third string QB. Calling Woody, hello!!!

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