Woody prefers political win over Jets W

October, 1, 2012
10/01/12
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets owner Woody Johnson would rather win the presidential election than see his football team have a winning season.

"I think you always have to put country first," Johnson said Monday while discussing the Mitt Romney campaign on Bloomberg TV.

Johnson is one of the chief fundraisers for the Romney campaign. During the interview, he was asked about the Jets' dreadful performance Sunday against the 49ers. Johnson blasted his team and also admitted the pressure is mounting on QB Mark Sanchez.

"The coaches and I aren't happy by what happened yesterday and the players aren't either," he said. "We're still leading the AFC East, but that performance was absolutely unacceptable."

The show hosts, who probably couldn't tell a defensive secondary from a presidential primary, pressed Johnson on the QB issue.

"No, this doesn't mean Tim Tebow is starting next week, but it's a question that will be asked more frequently if this progresses because this is unacceptable playing," Johnson said, adding, "We let our fans down."

"There's going to be more pressure (on Sanchez), but this quarterback can get the job done, he really can," he continued. "He had a bad day. The team had a bad day. It wasn't all Mark Sanchez."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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