Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/2/13
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Another day, another Joe Namath dig at the Jets.

On the heels of questioning the Geno Smith pick and explaining his "clumsy" relationship with Gang Green, the legendary ex-Jets quarterback sounded off on Rex Ryan's player-friendly coaching style.

"I’ve always said I've never seen that kind of coaching style before in my life," Namath said, via ESPNewYork.com. "The first two seasons, you win. Hey, OK. In the meantime, those teams were inherited to some extent. The psyche of the team got in a place where they’re spending more time thinking about what they've done rather than what they're doing and what they're going to do.

"Coaches, they all want to feel like they're loved. Nice. Nice. Nice. Don Shula was hated by some of his players. Coach [Bear] Bryant was hated by some of his players. Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll. Come on, you can't be Mr. Nice Guy as a head coach. You have too many players that have to be disciplined. Trying to be everybody's buddy at one time, I don't what that coach is. I think that's one of the situations Rex created, being a really friendly guy. He's got everybody's back. Yeah, he's got everybody's back until you get rid of them. Excuse me, this is a business."

Broadway Joe didn't stop there, saying the offseason's exodus of Jets coaching assistants reflect poorly on Ryan.

"When your coaches are leaving you, it's not a good endorsement of the head guy. This goes back to [Bill] Callahan and [Brian] Schottenheimer. They weren't getting the offensive input in the draft they would've liked and they saw the writing on the wall, so to speak. Our defensive coordinator for the last four years [Mike Pettine], where's he? New job, OK, but I don't know if it's moving up. When it comes to coaching, if you're not happy, you move around. You leave to improve your chances of becoming a head coach or it's jumping ship because you don't like how the captain has been handling it."

While Ryan's approach has been oft-debated, it means little in correlation to the defections of the coaches. Mike Pettine, for example, finally got out of Ryan's shadow, getting the chance to run his own defense in Buffalo. That absolutely constitutes "moving up."

But, as we've seen time and time again, Namath simply feeds off of knocking his former team, and doesn't appear interested in changing his tune.

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