Woody Johnson should consider firing himself

AP

One of the best things about owning a business is that the owner can’t be fired.  Sometimes, however, he should be.

When it comes to the Jets, owner Woody Johnson deserves much of the blame for the mess that culminated in Monday’s house cleaning.  By firing G.M. Mike Tannenbaum two years ago but insisting on keeping coach Rex Ryan two weeks ago, Johnson created a mess that was destined to lead to what should have happened two years ago.

The statement from Johnson announcing the termination of G.M. John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan confirms that Johnson will obtain “guidance and support” from Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf.

“We will consider all options to improve the Jets,” Johnson said.   “Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority, and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.”

The way for the Jets to achieve their goals includes the owner getting out of the way.  While he’ll never fire himself, he needs to resist the urge to tinker or to make changes.  Find people who know what they are doing and let them do it.

Go to the games.  Have fun.  Sign the checks.  And keep away from the team.

It’s a smart approach for most NFL owners.  For Johnson, it’ll be one of the key ingredients to getting the Jets to where Johnson wants them to be.

37 responses to “Woody Johnson should consider firing himself

  1. Been a fan since the Parcells days up until today. Without Rex and with this buffoon calling the shots, I think I’m done with the Jets.

  2. You can add Jed York to that list. Letting Harbaugh go was the dumbest move ever, and the Niners deserve to be back down in the basement again. Jed York, you suck!!

    Signed,
    A Niners fan

  3. That sounds like good advice. Find the right people that know what it takes to build a winning team and let them do it. He has a strong pair of new advisors to help out, so this team is off to a great start so far on Day 1 of the new regime!

  4. The question now is whether Woody Johnson and his reputation will make scare away the best GM and coaching candidates. By best candidates, I mean those with other options, not those who see this as their one and only chance to be a head coach or GM.

    Over the years, news accounts have suggested that Johnson is a meddler and has interfered in the following ways: (1) requiring Ryan to keep Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator; (2) bringing in Tim Tebow; (3) extending Mark Sanchez’s contract when there was no need to do so; (4) requiring Idzik to keep Rex Ryan in 2013; (5) requiring Idzik to bring Ryan back this year; (6) requiring Idzik to trade Darrelle Revis; (7) refusing to allow Idzik to bring Revis back this year; and (8) encouraging Idzik to keep far too much open cap space.

    Owners should limit themselves to doing what they do best (sign the paychecks) and let the football people do what they do best (make the football decisions).

  5. Idiotzik was never GM material. He seemed lost from day one. No coach would have done any better. At least, Woody seems to have a clue this time around and hired consultants to help with the GM hiring. We’ll see how that goes.

  6. Jets fans better hope he listens to Wolf, and only brought in Casserly as a ‘Constanza’ advisor (do the opposite of whatever he recommends).

  7. Woody, I believe, is all about giving the fans what they want but his flare for the dramatic and wanting to grab headlines needs to go. His reputation probably won’t allow them to hire the best people for the jobs, so he needs to change his ways or sell to someone competent.

  8. I don’t understand this notion of Johnson being a terrible owner. He is certainly not the best, but he is def not the worst. Where is the proof that he gets involved in football operations? He has been hands off with the exception of Favre (Tebow was an admitted Tannenbaum decision). He has always allowed the gm to run the ship, has several playoff appearances, playoff victories and 2 AFC champ game appearances (almost a 3rd if they kicked a fg in Pittsburgh).

  9. Speaking of signing the game checks, does he sign them “Woody Johnson”? If I got a check signed like that I would burst out laughing and be useless for at least 2 quarters. This could be the Jets’ problem right there.

  10. @thestrategyexpert

    Please remember Woody hired an outside firm to find a gm last time and we see how that ended up after 2 short yrs. I remain optimistic, only if Woody can keep his hands off the steering wheel!!!

  11. “Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Bill Belichick said.

  12. themanfromtheblacklodge says:

    I always thought that about Jerry Jones, but he’s doing well this season!
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    A BIG part of the Cowboys success in the draft is that Mr. Jones has started to listen to the other folks he hired to help evaluate draftees. Instead of just disc counting their input and doing what he wanted to do. I’m sure he’s gonna continue this practice, since those picks have been fruitful. I’m no fan of Mr. Jones or his team but I will; give credit where due. Now he needs to quit meddling as far as the coach wanting to discipline players and play time for various players.

  13. Where is the proof that he gets involved in football operations?
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    Obviously, none of us were in the room when any of these decisions were made, so you’re correct that we’re all speculating. However, Johnson – not Tannenbaum or Idzik – is the common denominator. We’ll have to see what happens. If Johnson cannot attract a first-rate GM or head coach, that will be a strong clue. Likewise, if the circus atmosphere and weird decisions continue with a new GM and coach, that will be an even stronger clue.

  14. You would think that 32 incredibly wealthy owners (regardless if they earned their money or inherited it), would be better skilled at finding 32 GMs and 32 coaches to, at a minimum, keep their team from becoming an on-going embarrassment. Or, finding people who could find these 64 people on their behalf.

    Apparently, it’s harder than it looks because only a few do it consistently well…..

  15. Things are so bad here in Washington that many wish the team would relocate to LA so that we could start fresh with a new team and ownership with an expansion team.

    Thanks Dan.

  16. “Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority, and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.”
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    I’ve watched football seriously since around ’84, and aside from a few playoff appearances, I don’t ever recall the Jets being on any track.

  17. xpensivewinos says:
    Dec 29, 2014 10:20 AM
    You would think that 32 incredibly wealthy owners (regardless if they earned their money or inherited it), would be better skilled at finding 32 GMs and 32 coaches to, at a minimum, keep their team from becoming an on-going embarrassment. Or, finding people who could find these 64 people on their behalf.

    Apparently, it’s harder than it looks because only a few do it consistently well…..

    31…….I own a peice of the Packers and I’m not wealthy…..well, 13 World Championships rich and Division Champs again, but not wealthy.

  18. twinbrooks says: “Who’s been wrong more than Charley Casserly since he left the Redskins? His percentage is like a meteorologist,” Bill Belichick said.
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    Yeah but in fairness it’s not like Belichick has any success in this league himself. The dude can’t draft – only 4 of the QBs he drafted started NFL games this season. Brady, Hoyer, Mallett and and Cassell. Only 4 – that’s awful.

  19. Screw that, if I was owner i would be right in the middle of it, JJ style….are you kidding me??? Sit back and write checks and not have a say? Believe me when I say I would call down to the sideline and tell the stupid OC to run the ball the next time its 3rd and short lol I would have fun I would be a billionaire with the best seat in the house….

  20. Be thankful the Packers are not owned by a single entity. The team would have left Green Bay decades ago.

  21. Of all the owners I think Jerry Jones is the one who deserves to be fired the most, he is the devil, I don’t care how great the cowboys are playing this year.

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