Things are not going ... well for the Jets right now. It's Friday morning, they play in St. Louis on Sunday hoping to avoid a 3-7 start and I'm not even sure that anyone on the team knows there's a football game this weekend.
To top it all off, Jets owner Woody Johnson told the media on Thursday that he "didn't sign up for" the season the Jets are having but, fortunately for management, remains "optimistic."
"I didn't sign up for a 3-6 season,” Johnson told reporters. "We haven't had one in a while. I'm not happy about it. Yet I am optimistic that some of these things can be corrected."
That's pretty accurate: the Jets have been very good under Rex Ryan, making it to two-straight AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010 and then sitting at 8-5 in 2011 before a late-season collapse undid their playoff hopes.
And Johnson wants you (or maybe us) to know that he's not in this for the circus atmosphere. Rather, that's just an unfortunate by-product of him and his team cranking out the meat to make the hot dog that produces the wins in football. Or something.
"You guys have been accusing me of this phony story of me being more concerned with PSLs or cash or something else," Johnson said. "My job -- one, two and three -- is to win games. That's why I got into football to begin with ... It's not to sell PSLs or to sell hot dogs."
No, Johnson's job isn't selling hot dogs. He hires people for that. But he clearly enjoys the business aspect of his team being on the back page. Otherwise, Tebow wouldn't be on this roster.
But for all the television coverage and quotes and stupidly-named segments on Tebow leading up to this season and 10-ish weeks in, the Jets haven't been worth one iota of the hype so far.
They've stunk in general, but they've really stunk on offense. And that's going to be in the spotlight this Sunday, when they go up against Brian Schottenheimer, the guy they scapegoated after 2011's disaster, on offense.
If the Jets can't muster something creative on defense against a former employee or have Tony Sparano figure out how to generate some offense, Woody's going to find out what signing up for a 3-7 season is like.
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