Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 10/10/12
Having been a long-time confidant of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Woody Johnson, some say, is more political than football-oriented.
Whether or not that assertion is correct, the Jets owner sure sounded the part while discussing Tim Tebow.
On Wednesday morning, Johnson appeared in an interview on CNBC and was asked if Tebow will remain with the Jets beyond 2012.
His answer was resounding, if not unsurprising.
“Are we gonna keep Tebow?” Johnson said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “Absolutely. He’ll be with us three years, and I think he’s gonna be a real valuable asset in helping us win games.”
Tebow's contract runs through 2014, and he's signed at a very reasonable rate as far as personal punt protectors go.
Quarterback, however, is an entirely different story.
Johnson, at the risk of creating additional controversy, stood by the incumbent Mark Sanchez, even going so far as making excuses for the fourth-year pro, who was terrorized by Texans defensive end J.J. Watt on Monday Night Football.
“He had some open receivers,” Johnson said. “He had some dropped balls. He had some tipped passes. We should have done a better job of accounting for (Watt), and keeping an I Spy on him wherever he is,” Johnson said. “Essentially don’t throw in that area or throw extremely high. He’s six-six, and he can jump 30 inches, so he’s probably like 15 feet by the time you add it all up.”
Predictably, Johnson was faced with the question currently fueling ESPN and NFL Network's programming: will Tebow ever replace Sanchez?
“Never is a long, long time period,” Johnson said. “We see — I see the same things in Mark Sanchez as that I saw when I first met him. He’s still a young quarterback. This is a very, very — probably the most difficult position athletically and mentally that there is in all of sports. Because you look out there, everybody’s trying to deceive you and the other guys [are] trying to get at you.”
Johnson insisted he wasn't "bolstering" Sanchez's confidence, and that the organization believes "he really is that good," citing the "ugly" win over the Dolphins in Week 3 as an example of getting the job done.
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