Thursday, August 30, 2012
Owner embraces Tebow-mania
By Rich Cimini
It's a good thing Woody Johnson isn't calling the plays on offense. His "publicity stunt," as Joe Namath puts it -- Tim Tebow -- would get the ball a whole lot.
The Jets' owner, in an appearance on CNBC from the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night in Tampa, was questioned about his team's offensive struggles in the preseason. Asked if he'd like to see "more Tebow or less Tebow," Johnson said: "I think you can never have too much Tebow."
Johnson went on to say: "But I think it's more than just that. It's getting all the players
the offensive line and everything coordinated so you can establish a good running attack
and also have our receivers healthy and ready to participate and contribute to the effort. It's a lot of timing and teamwork that we need."
It has been a major struggle for the Jets, who are the first team in 35 years not to score a touchdown in three preseason games. New York has had 35 possessions without reaching the end zone heading into Thursday's preseason finale against Philadelphia.
A few weeks ago in Cortland, Johnson said he was surprised by the "enormity" of the Tebow coverage. That's hard to believe, considering he allowed ESPN to camp out in Cortland. Meanwhile, Namath continues to bash his former team, once again questioning the motivation behind the Tebow trade.
"I'm concerned with how the Jets are trying to build a team and win a championship," Namath said Wednesday on Sirius XM Radio. "They seem more interested in the headlines."