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Looks Matter. Jets Don’t Have It.

If a picture is worth a thousand words then what can it say about Woody?

AP Photo Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.

AP Photo Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.

Look at the owner of the New England Partriots, Robert Kraft. His team has been a playoff contender and champion of the league. Now look at Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets. A team that has a losing history (Yes, there was that brief playoff wins a few years ago but over the past 15 years it has been a sub par team).

The difference I detect is presence. Kraft seems more assertive and in control. Woody does not. If I walked into an executive meeting with Kraft in it I might presume he was leading the meeting even if he wasn’t. If I found Woody in the same meeting I would wonder if senior citizens are now working as interns? See yourself and search images of both and tell me if I don’t have a point.

Maybe the wins have given Kraft confidence in his team and the losses have shrunk Woody’s. If this is true then it still says a lot about how each handle defeat. If losing makes you go to a corner and mope then you will never persevere. And if that’s how Woody portrays himself after losing seasons the rest of the team emulates his defeated personality. Could this be why Woody stuck with Rex Ryan all these seasons; to counterbalance his demeanor with Rex’s in-your-face confidence?

Even if the losing seasons do not affect Woody, his natural demeanor still gives off a vibe of mediocrity. The person on top dictates the culture of the work force below. And outside looking in I don’t see a no non-sense owner who pushes his staff to win. With Kraft I do.

Imagine if you were called to the Kraft’s office to explain a mistake you made in your work. Can you imagine yourself leaving the office without a scolding? In the same situation with Woody, I can picture myself deceiving Woody to blame someone else. I cannot define what specific characteristics Woody is lacking. Whether it is speaking more sternly, dressing more “executively”, or having a more upright posture. It may be all these and more. Whatever it is Woody lacks it.

So as long as Woody remains Woody and owner of the New York Jets, the Jets will not win any championships. At least not until Woody becomes more dominant (in personality). But at age 68 the chances of Woody suddenly changing is unlikely. The best solution is to appoint a Jets president who has those qualities and Woody to step aside in all Jets operations. This too, however, seems unlikely for a 68 year old Woody.

I don't know. Sometimes it feels like my writing & thoughts are way off. Who knows if it'll help anyone or if it means anything.

Written by Nassau Jones

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