Does liberal Times have bias against Johnson?

This Testaverde incentive controversy might be a little overblown.<p>

"I don't believe the Jets will take a significant cap hit if Vinny starts eight games," said one NFL source. "That's $1.5 million in incentives, which, if he gets them to 3-5, is worth it."

Plus as the source pointed out, if Pennington was playing, he would reach certain incentives, so it could basically turn into a wash . . .

It looks like Josh Evans could be looking at a six-week suspension, so he could be back for the Houston game. He is working out diligently in a Boca Raton health club, so he should come back in decent shape. He would upgrade the speed at the back-up three technique tackle position. McGlockton is a tremendous technician, but he might be the slowest defensive tackle in the league, and it's hurting the run defense . . .

When a Cowboy assistant called the Jets defense "old and slow," he knew what he was talking about. A Jets front office source now admits they went a year to long with certain players, and should have moved on sooner. Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones are two examples . . .

A big reason the Jets released Khary Campbell and signed former 49er Quincy Stewart was speed. Campbell is not only an undersized linebacker, but doesn't run that well. He is also battling a pulled hamstring that is slowing him down even more. The Jets clocked Stewart in the 4.6 area. They are going to make a concerted effort to upgrade their speed, and this is a good example. Stewart is an excellent special team's player . . .

It's not secret the Jets need to upgrade the athleticism of their offensive guard positions. The signing of Brandon Moore to the practice squad could help this cause. Remember Moore was a college defensive tackle, who the Jets moved to guard in the summer of 2002. He really took to the position in the NFL Europe, and Jets scout Chris Shea felt he was the best guard in the whole league. He has NFL starting potential. He is the type of athletic, mobile guard the Jets so desperately need . . . Another developmental guard, seventh round pick Dave Yovanovits, feels he's not ready to contribute at guard yet. Remember he was a college tackle and is still learning the nuances of guard . . .

One reason the New York Daily News might be going out of their way to make Woody Johnson look bad, is their co-owner Fred Drasner. Remember the Daily News was the paper that started this Johnson-Edwards fiasco last week by blowing a nothing story up, into a banner back-page head-line. One Jets source thinks Drasner, who is the co-owner of the Redskins, would like nothing better than to make Johnson look bad after their battles this off-season . . .

Newark Star-Ledger beat reporter, Dave Hutchinson, called Johnson frugal in today's paper. He must have forgotten about the renovated press room that he writes from, or the $2 million Johnson spent to build a new locker room for the team at the stadium, or the $4 million he spent on three new Field Turf fields at Hofstra, or the $13 million signing bonus he gave Dewayne Robertson.

Did Johnson's team have a bad off-season personal-wise? Yes. Do they deserve a lot of criticism for how they handled free agency? Yes. But is he cheap? No. Johnson doesn't want to spend so much in one year, like Dallas and San Francisco did, that they wind up in salary cap hell and can't function. Remember Chad Pennington, Shaun Ellis, John Abraham and Kareem McKenzie are free agent in a couple of years, and if the Jets signed Coles to that $35 deal (too much for a receiver, even a excellent one), it's would preclude the team for signing all of those guys . . .

A few Jets beat writers took Johnson's comments out of context last week, and created a major national story.

One beat writer was livid with one of the ring-leaders of that irresponsible group and said, "You knew Woody didn't mean anything harmful by his comments about the team, and you blew up what he said anyway." The ringleader said, "Some of the best quotes in history were statements that the person didn't mean what they said." . . .

The New York Times column by Selena Roberts about Johnson, in Monday's paper, was way off-base, and a blatant case of slander. She has never met the Jets owner, yet she writes a column basically portraying him as a clueless billionaire. She actually thinks Johnson is on the brink of firing Edwards. Talk about being out of touch with the situation. Do you think Johnson's work with the Republican party has something to do with her feelings? You know how liberal the Times is. They like nothing better than to make people on the right look bad. Roberts piece wasn't the first distorted view of Johnson in the Times.

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