- Posted: 5:13 PM, April 10, 2012
If the huge gamble of bringing Tim Tebow onto a team that already has Mark Sanchez as its starting quarterback pays off for the Jets, their owner, Woody Johnson, wants it known he should be the one praised for the controversial decision.
“If it’s a good decision, if he turns out to be a great player, I will take full accountability for that,” Johnson said Tuesday on FOX Business Network’s "After the Bell.’’
Sure, Johnson appeared to be kidding when he responded to a question about how much input he had in the decision to trade with the Broncos for Tebow. Johnson confirmed that general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan signed off on the deal and seemed to have strongly endorsed it, so it stands to reason their necks are on the line if things go haywire.
There will be plenty of blame to go around if Tebow cannot be incorporated into the offense or if Sanchez goes off the reservation and can’t handle the pressure of having Tebow breathing down his neck.
The Jets have been criticized for obtaining Tebow largely for the marketing potential he generates and for the impact he can have on selling jerseys, tickets and luxury suites. Johnson said thus far that impact has been negligible.
“Jerseys aren’t really our main line of business," Johnson said. "Our main line of business is winning games. I expect if we do well, we will continue to sell. We’re pretty well sold out on [personal seat licenses] despite what you read about.”