Oh, the pain.
Joe Benigno, WFAN’s nutty die-hard Jets fan, handled the team’s stunning news about as well as could be imagined. He let rip one of his trademark rants, hammering the franchise he loves like only the one-time-caller-turned-talk show host can after it fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and made new coach Adam Gase the interim general manager.
“So obviously all this stuff that’s not a big deal, no real issue between Gase and Maccagnan, was all garbage,” Benigno fumed, referring to reports of a rift during the NFL draft that both denied. “This is so, here we go again. Do I need this today? Do I freaking need this? This franchise, they are a disgrace, they really are.”
Benigno’s partner, Evan Roberts, broke the news to him on the air. Initially, he was too stunned to get angry. But the more he talked, the more that changed.
“How about the owners here,” Benigno fumed. “How about Christopher Johnson and the other guy [his brother Woody], who’s in England somewhere. He’s going to be the Godfather to the Royal baby probably. How about them. What the hell kind of ownership is this? How do you hire this guy, this guy who has won nothing — nothing — and you allow him to come here and win a power struggled against the sitting GM?”
“What the hell kind of owners own this team?” Benigno asked.
“I’ll give you the answer,” Roberts replied. “Fools — fools.”
“What a disgrace. They’re a disgrace,” Benigno said. “The Johnson brothers, they are brutal. I almost wish Leon Hess was back owning the team, and he was brutal. How do they look themselves in the mirror over there? They are a joke.”