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SBD/November 16, 2012/Franchises
Woody Johnson Defends Jets' Trade For Tebow, Denies PSL Sales As Motivation
Published November 16, 2012
WHO HAS THE REINS?: WFAN-AM’s Joe Benigno said the Jets “have become now the laughingstock of the NFL and everybody is weighing in somewhere or the other on this Jets circus.” N.Y. Daily News’ Andy Martino said of Johnson speaking to the media, “He looked like a petulant rich guy who was irritated by the questions; who thought that we didn’t even have the right to be talking about this” (“Daily News Live,” SportsNet N.Y., 11/15). USA TODAY’s Mike Garafolo writes, “Who’s in control? It’s not owner Woody Johnson.” He is “more comfortable yukking it up with the stock-market guys at CNBC, who treat him like a celebrity, not a clueless owner of a mismanaged NFL organization” (USA TODAY, 11/16). In N.Y., Gary Myers writes, “I don’t think there is any way Johnson fires Ryan. GM Mike Tannenbaum, despite so many personnel mistakes, is probably safe as well” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/16). The N.Y. DAILY NEWS’ Bob Raissman writes the media’s “passion for, and fascination with, Tebow, is the only effective weapon the Jets have in their arsenal of pea shooters.” Tebow has “thrown six passes all season, yet he leads the National Football League in sucking more ink, air time and Internet space out of the ozone” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/16).