Friday, June 23, 2017

London Calling: President Trump Nominates Jets Owner as Ambassador

The inevitable is about to become a reality. Jets owner Woody Johnson is heading to England to become to United State Ambassador to the United Kingdom, after President Donald Trump nominated him this week.

 If the U.S. Senate approves Johnson's appointment, than the Jets will be left in the hands of Johnson's brother, Chris. Oh by the way, Johnson's appointment will be for three years, and he will have to live in England. While some cynical Jets fans might be happy that Woody might be leaving, he will remain the principal owner of the team.

Such an appointment is not unusual, since late Steelers owner Dan Rooney was the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland under President Obama. Keep in mind that was the Steelers -- one of the best run organizations in sports. This is the Jets.

It will be even more fascinating to see how Chris Johnson, who has no football experience, runs the franchise during the most critical point in its history. The team is visibly trying to tank the season in order to improve its draft status for 2018. There is also questions about the job security of both head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan. If the Jets are 3-13 or worse, many think both will be fired. But, will that happen, considering 1) that Woody Johnson won't be around much? And 2) the team is not planning to do anything this year anyway?

And should the Jets part ways with either Bowles, Maccagnan or both, who will be in charge of finding their replacements?

All these questions are now on the table for the New York Jets in 2017.

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