By Martin Alvin
Woody Johnson, in his ever-present, goofy, green, Jets tie and snappy, white, Jets cap, fired Mike Tannenbaum because Mike couldn’t fix the broken Jets … or was it because Mike broke the Jets in the first place? I’m not sure. Neither is Woody. And now, he’s sent out a call for a new GM who, presumably, will fix the broken Jets. Makes sense, right? What could be simpler than that?
One problem. How can Woody Johnson find the right GM to fix the Jets when Woody himself, doesn’t know the first thing about fixing the Jets? And worse, yet, he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know, because he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. All he knows is, he wants the back pages of the NY Post and Daily News. So, how can he hire the right guy?
Example: Your car stops and just won’t move. Okay, fine, you know you have a problem. But how do you fix it? Is it the transmission? The engine? Something else? Hey, maybe the car stopped because it’s Cobalt Blue instead of Jets Green. Unless you know about cars, you just don’t know what you don’t know. And a smooth talking mechanic can fleece you silly.
Sure, Woody can solicit help and recommendations from real football people. Maybe even have some of them sit in on the interviews and offer feedback. But keep in mind, Bill Parcells, a great football guy, recommended Terry Bradway for GM and Woody promoted him. Somebody must have recommended Eric Mangini. Tanenbaum, probably. How did those hires turn out?
Look, at some point, Woody, as the Main-Man, has to sit across from an applicant and then, determine what that person knows or doesn’t know. And based on that, he has to make a very crucial decision. But how can he do that when he, himself, doesn’t know what he doesn’t know? He can’t. And that leaves only one possible way to find the right GM — pure, stepped-in-horse-shit, luck.
That’s right, Jets fans; Woody has to get lucky, because he will have absolutely no clue as to whether the applicant across from him has any feasible plan, or the ability, to fix the Jets. Woody isn’t a football guy, so, when it comes to football fixes, Woody Johnson just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. Cobalt Blue or Jets Green? What do you think? Good luck, Jets fans!