Originally posted on The Last Angry Fan  |  Last updated 5/22/13

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks with hall of famer Joe Namath on the podium after the Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-23 against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
I know this is going to bring out the “Joe Namath must be drinking again” jokes, but I’m not going there this time. Although it would explain a lot as to why the Jets Hall of Fame quarterback seems to be so stuck on current QB Mark Sanchez. Namath, as he’s wont to do, gave his opinion on the New York quarterback situation, going so far as to say that the Jets wasted a draft pick on West Virginia pivot Geno Smith, and that Sanchez isn’t nearly as bad as he seems, attributing his poor play the last two seasons to “distractions.” Via the New York Daily News… “No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” Namath said. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable. “I am pulling for him,” Namath said of Sanchez. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.” “I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better,” Namath added. “I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy. “Mark’s not a puppy anymore,” he added. “He’s gone through some things, growing process. As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to. He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.” This isn’t the first time Namath has thrown his support behind Sanchez, but you have to wonder if Broadway Joe is watching the same Jets team as the rest of us. Mark Sanchez is a mediocre quarterback at best (his 71.7 career passer rating and 68 TDs to 69 INTs will attest to that), with his most memorable highlight over the past couple of season being his now infamous ‘Buttfumble” against the Patriots. Not exactly a stellar resume for a starting QB in the NFL if you ask me. The post Joe Namath still has Mark Sanchez’s back for some reason appeared first on Last Angry Fan.
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