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Woody Johnson was OK with Rex Ryan going to Clemson game

Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson AP

Rex Ryan has taken some criticism for taking the day off on Saturday to attend his son’s game at Clemson. But his boss isn’t among those criticizing him.

Jets owner Woody Johnson supported Ryan’s decision to go to Clemson and had no problem with it, Johnson told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

Johnson also said he is optimistic about the Jets’ chances this season, which clearly puts him outside the norm. Then again, what do you expect him to say?

When Myers asked Johnson if Ryan will be the Jets’ coach beyond this season, Johnson wouldn’t comment. But, again, what would anyone expect? No NFL team is thinking about making changes next offseason when this season hasn’t even started yet.

Johnson obviously wants to put on a happy face and avoid any more controversies than the Jets have already been involved in. Whether his support of his coach will be rewarded with a well-coached team taking the field when the season starts we will see on Sunday.

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49 Responses to “Woody Johnson was OK with Rex Ryan going to Clemson game”
  1. scoops1 says: Sep 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    Media needs to let this one go….

  2. pjrhc says: Sep 4, 2013 11:02 AM

    We are too. So drop it already.

  3. bleedgreen says: Sep 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    Why is this even a story? Rex is a blowhard and not a very good coach, but seriously? The guy took a few hours off and went to his SON’S FOOTBALL GAME? I sure hope Manish Mehta gets grilled when he takes a day off to spend time with his kids.

  4. blacknole08 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    He went to watch his son play football.

    Cmon guys let this go.

  5. 12444uggg says: Sep 4, 2013 11:08 AM

    If it was a birth, and Rex didn’t go to that, can you imagine that 180 the media would be doing on this. He’d be terrible for not being there, even if it was a game day.

  6. betterandbetterthan says: Sep 4, 2013 11:10 AM

    He was scouting Tahj Boyd…

    Seriously, complete non-story but its to be expected anytime Rex does anything.

  7. trannesotabiqueens says: Sep 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    Manish Mehta is the Christian Ponder of reporters, just absolutely terrible.

  8. garryjercia says: Sep 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    He might as well go to all the Clemson games. It’s not like he’s finishing the season with the Jets anyway.

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    Covering stories like this further taints what has already becoming questionable credibility and integrity in the media.

  10. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    I can kinda understand since his son had zero shot at playing but since it was the only one rexy could get to he gets a pass

  11. fwippel says: Sep 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    I’m no fan of Rex Ryan, but if he wasn’t coaching in New York, no one would have made a big deal about this.

    It’s not like he didn’t do his job making the roster cuts.

  12. frogyzero says: Sep 4, 2013 11:34 AM

    Glad they are not on the Giants. The GMen don’t break laws like the other NFC teams!
    Go big Blue!

    -Steelers fan

  13. sail105 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    Of course he was ok with the (formerly fat) buffoon leaving town. It was the coming back that should have bothered him.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:35 AM

    I can’t imagine Belichick or any of the other good HCs taking that evening off instead of watching the waiver wire and concentrating on business.

    With smartphones that mitigates things somewhat as it was certainly easy to communicate with Ryan, but the rest of the team staff involved in personnel decisions shouldn’t have had to worry about can they get him or not.

    Of course it may be at the point where Idzik just didn’t care and was going to get the guys he wanted regardless of what Ryan’s preferences were.

  15. minnesoulja says: Sep 4, 2013 11:40 AM

    trannesotabiqueens says:
    Sep 4, 2013 11:11 AM
    Manish Mehta is the Christian Ponder of reporters, just absolutely terrible.

    I just wanna go on record and say I strongly dislike your screen name, attitude, comments, outlook and general disposition.

    I don’t care what team you DO like. I don’t care where you are from. I hope you never breath our sweet Minnesota air, and you can stay in whatever dark dingy basement you belong in.

    We made the Playoffs last season on the merit of the season MVP’s performance. Christian Ponder progressed across the whole season, and if he develops from 2nd to 3rd year the same way he did from 1st to 2nd, you are gonna eat humble pie, or find a new way to have a piss poor outlook on a team with a colorful past and a record of competition and sportsmanship.

    Good luck to your squad tho. I am sure they are a respectable franchise, probably just the fans that make me want to puke. Good talk, see ya out there.

  16. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Sep 4, 2013 11:43 AM

    Why not? The Jets are such a well-run organization, they practically coach themselves…

  17. xpensivewinos says: Sep 4, 2013 11:47 AM

    I believe it’s just an early portion of the inevitable severance package……

  18. frogyzero says: Sep 4, 2013 11:49 AM

    All joking aside for one min. It was his sons game. Minutes over.
    #onlyoneprofootballteaminNY
    Jets make all football fans sad.
    Glad I don’t live in NY

  19. jpb12 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:50 AM

    Whenever you see Robert Kraft show up in the media… (CBS Morning Show), Woody feels compelled to show up somewhere.

    Kraft says stuff like how much he loves Tebow but it’s a football decision, while Woody gets involved in the decisions.

    What a mess

  20. jetsoptimist says: Sep 4, 2013 11:53 AM

    If he didn’t go the media would be calling him a terrible father. Let the man be.

  21. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 4, 2013 11:59 AM

    Good 4 Wood!

  22. jjbadd385 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:00 PM

    When it comes to family….make time! If you see it any other way, it’s you, not Rex with the problem! and for what its worth, I dont even care for Rex, but he did the right thing here….

  23. patsfansknowitall says: Sep 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    Patriots don’t need to cheat against this team either.

  24. glac1 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    that should end this non-story.

  25. mogogo1 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:04 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:

    I can’t imagine Belichick or any of the other good HCs taking that evening off instead of watching the waiver wire and concentrating on business.
    _________________

    That says way more about the out-of-whack priorities of the other guys than it does Ryan. And “concentrating on business” does not automatically equate to something productive being done. So much of NFL head coaching is simply busy work to keep up the appearance that guys are giving 110%.

  26. whatnojets says: Sep 4, 2013 12:06 PM

    More importantly, we need to keep track of the toilet runs made by Mr. Ryan.

    That should keep Manish Mehta busy for the next few days!!

    Can’t wait for the report!!

  27. pens5829 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:16 PM

    Who is Gary Myers? And does he do anything relevant in life?

  28. patriots123456 says: Sep 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    Certain aspects of the media ask the most ridiculous questions.

    Parcells was the one who would look then right in the eye and just tell them that was a stupid question…funny as hell…

    I wish more teams would handle the media that way.

    I’m not a Ryan fan, but cut the guy some slack for being a good father…

  29. 2jivecrew says: Sep 4, 2013 12:20 PM

    Family is more important than football, at least to anybody with their priorities in their proper place.

  30. newjerseygiants says: Sep 4, 2013 12:24 PM

    When Tom Coughlin retires, I’ll gladly take Rex to coach Big Blue. Good coach in a circus environment.

  31. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    Let the man be a father, 3 hour game is not going to make or break the Jets season. And I regularly rip Rex, not now, not today. Media should be ashamed, coaches who never see their kids play should be ashamed. Good job Rex. I may never say that again, but today I will.

  32. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 4, 2013 12:34 PM

    The media is vicious in the NY market, and these guys look to make bones for themselves by trying to one up each other. They even manage to get themselves injected into the stories versus just covering them.

    Jets should just take a page from the Giants media book, and say nothing other than the whatever the coach is obligated to do.

    Which is probably where they’ll end up, as Idzik has pretty much been under the radar since he’s arrived here.

  33. alewatcher says: Sep 4, 2013 12:35 PM

    Unless Rex gets canned halfway through the season, this was the only game he will be able to attend.

    As much of a circus as the Jets have become, this shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar. Pretty sure one day of coaching isn’t going make or break the season.

    Besides, the game he attended may be the best football he sees all season.

  34. lrjets says: Sep 4, 2013 12:39 PM

    patsfansknowitall says:Sep 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    Patriots don’t need to cheat against this team either.
    ______________________________

    Guess there’s one thing you don’t know….
    Pats-Jets lifetime record against each other.
    55-51-1 and that’s with Brady!!

    Don’t need to cheat?

    You have got to be under 12.
    Spygate was uncovered against the Jets!
    Now wash up, dinner is almost ready!

  35. nfloracle says: Sep 4, 2013 12:39 PM

    Where’s Woody’s hat?

  36. areyoudue says: Sep 4, 2013 12:45 PM

    Gary Kubiak went to the Rice/A&M game on Saturday to see his son play. Where is the outrage? Stupid NY media.

  37. controllerzero says: Sep 4, 2013 12:49 PM

    What’s the big deal? Do Jets fans think Ryan not taking the day off would have made their team better?

  38. namaths5thofwhiskey says: Sep 4, 2013 1:10 PM

    The one thing I always disliked about Nyc is the pathetic media. Smh, let it go you baboons.

  39. fwippel says: Sep 4, 2013 1:14 PM

    trannesotabiqueens says:
    Sep 4, 2013 11:11 AM
    Manish Mehta is the Christian Ponder of reporters, just absolutely terrible.

    Count me as one of those who has grown weary of the Ponder bashing here, there and everywhere.

    The Vikings were picked to win about five games last year by most of the experts. They won ten, and captured the final playoff spot in the NFC. Along they way, they played more than half their schedule against teams that won ten or more games.

    This year, they have better talent across the board, and once again most “experts” are picking them to finish in third or fourth place.

    As for Ponder, he had some miserable games last year. He also led his team to wins over San Francisco, Houston and Green Bay, and his passing in the finale was the difference in the game, a game the Vikings needed to make the playoffs. Ponder started and finished well, and slumped during the mid-season; not unusual for a second year QB.

    Is he the answer long-term? We’ll find out this year. But to assume he’s going to crash and burn? You must have been watching a different team last year.

  40. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 4, 2013 1:31 PM

    Ponder… love the guy…Noles…

    But the NEW Noles Qb…. Now THAT guy is what I’m talkin about.

  41. trollingforjustice says: Sep 4, 2013 1:35 PM

    i hope his son plays defense because Rex doesnt watch offense…..

  42. thehouseofho says: Sep 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    @lrjets says:
    Sep 4, 2013 12:39 PM
    patsfansknowitall says:Sep 4, 2013 12:02 PM

    Patriots don’t need to cheat against this team either.
    ______________________________

    Guess there’s one thing you don’t know….
    Pats-Jets lifetime record against each other.
    55-51-1 and that’s with Brady!!

    Don’t need to cheat?

    You have got to be under 12.
    Spygate was uncovered against the Jets!
    Now wash up, dinner is almost ready!

    =====

    Spygate was uncovered because Eric Mangini used to work on the Patriots coaching staff and ratted out his “beloved mentor.”

    And seriously, lifetime stats? How about the Patriots’ 19-7 record against the Jets during the Tom Brady era? That one sounds a hell of a lot more relevant.

  43. jetsareajoke says: Sep 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    Why would Woody care? Rex isn’t that involved in the decision-making anyway (or maybe I should just say his vote just doesn’t count).

  44. theuglitruth says: Sep 4, 2013 2:20 PM

    Jets are OVERPLAYED in every media outlet….I just turn the channel. Or, not click on the link.

  45. metintodd says: Sep 4, 2013 2:54 PM

    But was Woody Johnson okay with Rex Ryan getting a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey? As a coach, you should never show such blatent favoritism like that. To me, it’s a fireable offense. What were Tim Tebow and Greg McIlroy supposed to think? That the fix was in all the time because Rex had a Mark Sanchez tattoo??

  46. bucsfan5000 says: Sep 4, 2013 2:56 PM

    He’ll have plenty of time to watch his son play when he gets fired.

  47. gpete1962 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:29 PM

    Woody was probably hoping Rex would learn how to coach again!!

  48. malab377 says: Sep 4, 2013 3:51 PM

    No problem with him going to his son’s game. It’s not like if he had tough choices to make at the office… like finding who will be his starting QB…

  49. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 4, 2013 8:33 PM

    I’m ok with it.

    Perhaps those who complain don’t care much about being a good father. Good for Ryan.

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