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Testaverde: Jets create some of their own drama
Last season, Woody Johnson vehemently denied the Jets were a circus sideshow and went so far as to blame the media for the widespread perception.
But former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde said Johnson's team is far from innocent, adding that the Jets create their own drama.
"It’s been disappointing,” Testaverde told the New York Post Friday in New Orleans. "There’s enough distraction throughout the course of a season without trying to add to that. If you can avoid distraction, your team, I think, focuses better, which in turn leads to better results."
Testaverde, who is in town promoting Super Bowl XVLIII at MetLife Stadium, said "at times they’ve created somewhat of their own distractions, the distractions that lead to them not being as successful as they should be.
"Maybe (Rex Ryan) wants them to feel that pressure of being in the big city, playing under the big lights in New York and being able to deal with that in a week-in, week-out basis.
"I don’t know what his strategy is, but I know having played there, having played in Dallas, some of the bigger cities where the lights are brighter, you still need to eliminate as many distractions as you can."
Johnson, however, denied running a three-ring circus.
"I think that's you guys," the Jets owner said back in September, two days after the Post depicted Ryan driving a clown car with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow in the back seat.
"I certainly don't feel that. We're deadly serious about what we're doing here, in trying to win games and trying to represent our fans as they expect us to represent them. We learned this in third grade, sticks and stones and all this stuff about calling people names. And that's what that is. Really. That's a way of selling papers or whatever, but I don't think it reflects, certainly not my [opinion]. I'm not in this to create a circus environment, or any other environment other than a winning environment."