Jets owner Woody Johnson would prefer a Mitt Romney win to a winning season

October 1, 2012

Woody Johnson prefers to win the White House. (Joel Auerbach / Getty Images)

With the New York Jets in some degree of disarray with injuries chipping away at his team and the usual quarterback debate, owner Woody Johnson was asked in a Bloomberg interview whether he’d prefer to see a winning season from the Jets or Mitt Romney, the man he supports, occupying the White House.

“Well I think you always have to put country first,” Johnson said, “so I think it’s very, very important that not only for us but for particularly our kids and grandkids that this election comes off with Mitt Romney and [Paul] Ryan as president and vice-president.”

Not that Johnson is letting his team off the hook. He isn’t, particularly after the Jets’ 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

“The coach and the coaches and I are not happy with what happened yesterday. And the players aren’t either,” said Johnson (via the New York Daily News). “That performance is absolutely unacceptable.”

Which brought up the question that’s inevitable among Jets fans: How about starting Tim Tebow over Mark Sanchez?

“No, it doesn’t mean Tim Tebow’s starting next week,” Johnson said. “But it’s a question that’s going to be asked more frequently if this progresses.”

The decision on which quarterback starts next Monday against the Houston Texans rests with Coach Rex Ryan. “There’s going to be more pressure. This quarterback can get the job done. He had a bad day and the team had a bad day,” Johnson said, “(but) it wasn’t all Mark Sanchez.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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