Woody Johnson Is the Worst Owner in the Entire NFL

Sam Quinn@@Samquinn23Contributor IIIDecember 19, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: New York Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson appear at a ceremony during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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There are several different types of owners in the NFL.

There are the ones who hire smart football people and get out of their way. Think Robert Kraft and the Rooney family.

There are the loud, bombastic and enthusiastic owners who do everything possible to put their prints all over the organization. While not necessarily successful, these guys do everything in their power to win. Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder embody this type of owner.

And then there are the ones who care more about their wallets than their fans. They're the ones who make moves that make no sense on the football field but generate media interest. They're the ones who openly tell their fans that their political leanings mean more than their football team.

Oh wait, this isn't a group of owners. This is our owner. This is Woody Johnson, the single worst owner in the NFL.

I came to this conclusion last night in a game that most franchises would remember as the last time they were ever subjected to Mark Sanchez.

But not us. Woody gave Sanchez an ill advised contract extension last spring that seemed stupid at the time and now looks downright inconceivable. Woody would never allow an $8 million dollar quarterback to sit on the bench. We're stuck with him for another year.

And in Woody's case that's not a bad thing. Woody doesn't care about winning, he cares about stealing headlines from the Giants and making money. 

If he cared about winning he would have forced Rex Ryan to start Tim Tebow. In fact, if he cared about winning, he never would have traded for Tebow in the first place, but at the very least he could have saved face by giving him a chance.


If Tim Tebow plays and fails, the media will lose interest in him. But sitting on the bench, waiting for an opportunity that will never come? The media (myself included) will never let that go. 

I used to wonder why Bill Belichick left the Jets. It didn't make sense to me that he'd leave a team one year removed from the AFC championship game.

Now it does. Why would Bill Belichick want to work for an owner so obsessed with the media when his entire foundation as a coach has been built around avoiding it?

In that way, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson are made for each other. But Ryan doesn't deserves this. One of the NFL's foremost defensive minds and someone who looked like a coaching superstar just two years ago suddenly faces one of the hotter seats in the NFL just because of his horrible employer.

Johnson officially bought the Jets on January 18th, 2000. Just 13 days before that, Bill Belichick resigned as head coach citing "various uncertainties surrounding my position as it relates to the new ownership."

Since then, the Jets have had four coaches, watched the rival Patriots win three championships, employed two media circus quarterbacks, had one cell phone related scandal and won exactly zero Super Bowl rings. 

In Johnson's tenure, no quarterback has lasted more than six years. No coach has made it more than five. Eric Mangini was fired after only three, and two other coaches (Al Groh and Herman Edwards) left of their own accord for lower profile jobs. 

In a league where continuity is so important, how can Johnson credibly say he cares about winning?

He doesn't. Say what you will about Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder, but as fans it must at least be nice to know that the owner's interests align with your own. 

Woody could care less what the fans are interested in. He's a business man who would rather beat the Giants in the paper than on the field. He's the worst owner in the NFL, and as long as he owns the team, I can't see the Jets ever winning a Super Bowl. 


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