Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jets owner blames Sanchez for getting hurt because 'you got to protect yourself'

You would think that Woody Johnson might have learned by now how to pick and choose what to say and when to say it.  For Gang Green sakes, even Rex Ryan has turned down the rhetoric and now keeps his words to a minimum —maybe too much so.

Either way, on Wednesday, the Jets owner spoke with such cringe worthy carelessness that it revealed just how much the Jets have distanced themselves from Mark Sanchez.

According to the N.Y. Daily News, the Jets owner stood on the corner of 57th St. and Fifth Ave. and delivered a bizarre take on Ryan's ill-advised decision to put in Sanchez in the fourth quarter of the third preseason game against the Giants less than two weeks ago. After being thrown to the wolves, Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury which led to the Jets’ announcement that Geno Smith will be the Week 1 starter against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

"I don’t have any regrets," Johnson said. "He’s an experienced guy. I wish he hadn’t gotten hurt, but you got to protect yourself, too."

Say what?! To suggest that Sanchez, who rolled out of the pocket behind a third-string offensive line before getting leveled, could have protected himself better on the play was naive. It just goes to show Johnson’s complete lack of understanding of the game and, mostly, his desire to move on from the organization’s one-time starter and new whipping boy.

The organization’s recent handling of Sanchez over the past couple of weeks has been disturbing — to say the least

And where does the outspoken Ryan stand on Johnson's embarrassing remarks about his former No.1 draft pick and favorite tattoo design?

"It’s 100% injury rate in the league," Ryan said. "It’s unfortunate that it happened. But these things do happen. And we’ve moved on."

Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the suddenly neutered head coach.

"He’s a very, very good quarterback," Johnson said. "Franchise quarterback is something . . . I think you can debate the term."

Seven hours after Johnson’s inane remarks — and two hours after Ryan tiptoed around questions about them — the owner delivered a seemingly forced clarification after a team spokesman got wind of his boss' remarks.

"I may have said or I’ve been accused of saying that Sanchez’s injury was his fault," Johnson said. "That was not my intent at all. Of course, it wasn’t his fault. He was trying to make a play."

So glad he cleared things up.


  1. You have to protect yourself at all times. Everyone is one injury away from retirement. I saw nothing wrong with what Johnson said. That's why QB's learn to slide and go out of bounds. He is not a scrambling QB and the whole world knows that so why was he trying to do what he is incapable of doing? Next question...

  2. maybe he tried to do too much with his job on the line.

  3. Gang Green your an idiot. He put a guy in who obviously beat out Geno Smith (Bc he sucks too) with third and fourth string guys. Made him have to run for his life. Took a bad hit on a bad angle and hurt his shoulder. The negligence your organization shows is appalling... it makes me truly believe anyone could run a NFL franchise if the standard is the JETS... You guys runied Sanchez, you found a way to RUIN Tebow even though he couldnt throw anyway, u made him worst, your franchise is a joke. It had the formula sanchez first year. Good running game, manageable third downs, if u dont get it put and play D w/ one of the best Ds in the league, and gradually they went away from that and just got worst and now wanna blame it all on Mark, thats brutal. Woody Johnson Ya Suck, Rex Ryan Ya Suck, and Gang11green Ya Suck

  4. If Geno Smith could be in there and Simms as well. Why can't he be in there under fire. He is not considered the franchise QB and that tells you enough. If Rex put him in there is because he was playing for his job. How does that say they did not do what they thought was necessary for the team. I do not know who you follow but as a Jets fan i am completely OK with the move to play Sanchez in the fourth quarter. If Simms got rid of the ball fast and accurate do you not think Sanchez could do the same. He is a better QB would you agree? Calling me an idiot makes you look a lot smarter i guess. Fool...

  5. I can't wait for the Gaytriots game and Gey boy Brady. The Jets will be ready to smash that fool and i hope we put him on IR. Billacheater is in his last few years of his NFL life. Quote me on that one, getting rid of Welker for a fragile Amandola bad idea but i guess you think it was brilliant. Dumb arse...

  6. The way Billacheater drafted has done him in. Most of the players he has drafted have busted and they have had to release. Dropping down to get more picks in the draft does not always pay dividends and it has shown. Most of the draft picks on defense have not materialized and it shows in their defensive play. Hernandez pick was a gamble and they are blaming it on Hernandez now. They should have done what other teams do and acknowledge the red flags. Gronkoski has done good but his health problems were and issue and he could have a shortened career because of it. He is going to retire young i guarantee that. They make the Pats out to be the good guys of the NFL yet they have done things like everybody else. Hernandez is what he is a murderer and the Pats should be blamed for not taking better care of him.

    1. Hey Joe Namath....shut up.

  7. If you know Woody, you would instantly understand that he meant no harm or mis intent. The media continues to pile on the JETS organization based on the dwindeling Sanchez saga. Woody is a man with class and does not show the typical NFL owner " Booshy" attitude.

  8. I feel sorry for all of the Jets players. They have neither a competent coach or owner. It is going to be a very long year for all of them.