Jets owner Woody Johnson created plenty of controversy with his comments on Monday criticizing the process used by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to determine whether the Jets or Giants would play the first regular season game at the teams' new stadium.
But that won't stop the Giants from continuing their partnership with the Jets toward securing a first-ever Super Bowl bid for the New York/New Jersey area. Johnson and Mara will begin lobbying their fellow owners next week at the league's annual spring meetings in Orlando.
In his first public comments since Johnson outlined his complaints about the coin toss used by Goodell to determine that the Giants would play the first game at the new stadium, Giants president and co-owner John Mara said the teams would work together to win the bidding process for the 2014 Super Bowl. It would represent the first time a Super Bowl was awarded to a cold-weather city that played its home games in an outdoor stadium.
"We will continue to work with the Jets to formulate a bid and presentation that will make the best case for New Jersey and New York to host the Super Bowl in 2014," said in a statement. "Our partnership has produced a great new home field for both teams and their fans, and we hope to bring the Super Bowl and all of its tremendous benefits to the region."
In an interview earlier today, Mara told Newsday he looked forward to speaking further with owners about the bid, and has already had a good deal of support for the idea. He did not directly address Johnson's remarks.
"I’ve already had discussions with some of them, and I'll continue to impress upon them how great we think a Super Bowl would be in the New York/New Jersey area, in addition to the league," Mara said. "So far, most of the owners I’ve talked to have been supportive. A number have said they want to think about it and will consider it further."