Is Christopher Johnson the Worst Owner in the NFL?
Yesterday the owner of the New York Jets, Christopher Johnson, made the biggest move of his short career as owner by firing General Manager Mike Maccagnan. Christopher Johnson has been quite the presence in New York since he inherited the team from his brother Wood. This was due to the fact that Woody was appointed as the ambassador for the United Kingdom in 2016. In that span, Christopher Johnson became a fan favorite after stating that people will “look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets became great,” after drafting Sam Darnold in 2018 and for promising new uniforms for the team. Recently, though the fog has been clearing and Jet fans are realizing that Christopher Johnson is not only just as bad as his older brother Woody, but he may be even worse. Christopher has been one of the most hands-on owners in the NFL inserting himself into the draft process, free agency, and even in the search for a new head coach. He’s trying to understand the nuances of becoming a good owner but what he doesn’t understand is that he is doing the exact opposite of what he is trying to achieve.
The key to being a great owner is the ability to trust the guys you hire and let them do what they do best. Imagine it like this, would you trust the general manager of your favorite team to run a fortune 500 company. Your answer was probably “Hell no” and the reason behind that is because he probably has no idea what he’s doing. Christopher needs to realize that the same rule applies to owners. The best owners are the ones that shut their mouths and cut checks and trust the people they hired (e.g. Bob Kraft and Arthur Blank) and the worst owners are the ones who involve themselves in every aspect of the team (e.g. Jimmy Haslam and Shad Khan). The quicker Christopher takes himself out of the front office, the quicker the Jets will be a respectable franchise. Until then, they will continue to do their best Barnum and Bailey impression and be the same clown show they’ve been for the past 50 years.