|Owner Woody Johnson is excited to see what Tebow brings to the team. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)|
Jets owner Woody Johnson appeared on Fox Business Network's "After the Bell" Tuesday to talk about -- what else -- Tim Tebow. There have been many theories for why the Jets were in such a hurry to trade for Tebow, who was shipped out of Denver last month shortly after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. Johnson addressed one of those theories -- that Tebow would help move merchandise and that factored into the decision to get him.
“Not really," he said via the Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas. "Jerseys aren't really our main line of business. 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.”
Which makes sense. New York is, well, New York. It's not like they're a small-market outfit that struggles to fill the stadium. But even if selling Tebow jerseys was the impetus for the trade, does that outweigh all the potential land mines that come with bringing him to the Jets -- Mark Sanchez's fragile psyche, the locker room issues that head coach Rex Ryan addressed after the season, and the inevitable "Tebow should start!" meme that media and fans will push as soon as Sanchez struggles?
For now, those concerns aren't shared by the team. In fact, Johnson says he's happy to take credit for going after Tebow … with one qualification.
“If it's a good decision, if he turns out to be a great player, I will take full accountability for that,” Johnson said with a laugh. The reality: the Jets owner said that he conferred with Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum and that, ultimately, such decisions are up to them.
Johnson also seemed unconcerned that Tebow might negatively affect Sanchez, who enters his fourth season. In fact, the owner compares the team's new quarterback to the governor of New Jersey.
"I am very excited to see what impact he's going to have," Johnson said. "I think he's a lot like Governor Christie. He is what he is. He's true to his beliefs; he's not afraid to tell you what he believes in. I think he will be a very positive influence in the locker room, and I think he will help us win a lot of games.”
Ryan has said that he hopes to get Tebow about 20 snaps a game as a wildcat specialist. Maybe the Jets can sign Gov. Christie to block for him.
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