Jets owner Woody Johnson is clearly a successful businessman.
He is also a master of understatement.
Johnson put a bow on the Tim Tebow Era in New York by calling it “something that didn’t work for us,” and “the fit obviously wasn’t perfect or he’d still be there.”
Johnson offered that and other thoughts on his team’s quarterback situation while speaking at the league’s career development symposium at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Jets quarterback situation has been a hot topic since they drafted Geno Smith, thereby making Mark Sanchez a bit of a lame duck and Tebow completely extraneous.
That leaves just five quarterbacks, including veteran David Garrard, in camp.
“You make a lot of decisions in football that are not helpful, and you have to move on from those decisions,” Johnson said, via Don Banks of SI.com. “You make bad decisions, you make a decision that doesn’t work, a decision that doesn’t help the team, you move on. You learn how to do that.”
That bait-cutting philosophy, however, does not extend to Sanchez, as Johnson reacted with surprise at the suggestion he might cut him before camp to clear the way for Smith.
“Why would I want to do that?” he said. “Absolutely [they’ll compete]. We’ve been pretty consistent about that. Competition at every position, particularly quarterback. Competition makes you better. I would expect [Sanchez] to compete. He’s under contract.”
Yes, a contract which was given to Sanchez in the same spirit Kobe Bryant gave his wife Vanessa that big ring once upon a time.
The Jets have made a mess of their quarterback room that only time and Smith becoming a starter will fix, as the draft seemed to render moot Sanchez’s long-term viability.
Much of that blame should fall on Johnson, who fed the Tebow hysteria by saying things such as “I think you can never have too much Tebow,” and generally involving himself in areas beyond his expertise.