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Found May 30, 2013 on Gamedayr:
PLAYERS: Joe Namath
TEAMS: New York Jets

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Most fans have been saying this same exact thing for quite some time. However, most fans do not have the same clout with the New York Jets that Joe Namath enjoys.

As the only quarterback to ever lead the franchise to a Super Bowl victory, when Namath speaks his mind regarding the Jets, people listen. Recently, Broadway Joe has had nothing good to say.

During a Thursday visit with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN, Namath accused the franchise of being “deceptive” and having “misled” fans regarding the talent level on the team.

“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” Namath said.  “They haven’t played up to how they’ve been touted.  And so I think they’ve misled the fans more or less.  They’ve made some bad decisions on personnel the last couple of years.”

After opening a massive, sparkling new stadium to be shared with the Giants, the G-Men have won a title while the Jets have flailed and missed time and again.

The organization’s decisions to bring in Tim Tebow, to sign Santonio Holmes to an extension, to trade Darrelle Revis, to drafting Sheldon Richardson have all been met with raised eyebrows by Namath and a large portion of the New York fanbase.

Most of those fans would love to tell Johnson how such moves have made them feel. However, Namath admits that his views have frosted the relationship between he and his beloved franchise, and specifically with Johnson.

“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath said. “Uncomfortable.  Because I was saying earlier, you don’t like to hear negative things, negative vibes, and Woody I’m sure doesn’t like the criticism.  I mean, when we’ve brushed shoulders in the past it hasn’t been the same as it was originally.  We don’t talk — ‘Hi, how are ya?’”

Namath will always — always — be known as the brash young star who first predicted a Super Bowl III victory over Baltimore and then went out onto the football field and backed up his words with a title-winning performance.

If the Jets don’t shape up, what will Woody Johnson be remembered for in terms of his NFL legacy?

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  • Way to tell it Joe.
  • Joe is the MAN!!!
  • The "Beast from the East" is all show and no go. You know who I'm referring to......Rex Ryan. This inept coach is the reason the Jets are nothing but a mediocre team. Oh Rex talks a good game but when the game is on the line, guess what? Failure and excuses. The sooner Jet's management get rid of Rex the sooner they will reach beyond mediocrity.
  • Joe would make a better QB than Sanchez. To those who critisize his right to criticize, you go out and win a Super Bowl ring and then tell him to "hush". The single biggest liability on the Jets is their big mouthed coach. Could you actually win something before bragging? At least Namath got into the Super Bowl before he opened his mouth ... and then he performed!
  • As a long time Jets' fan, who finally came to "see" just how really good the NY Giants are from top to bottom, I won't waste any time criticizing the JETS organization or Woody Johnson. Broadway Joe is right on the money in his frustrations with this team.

    Instead, I'll offer 5 Easy Pieces to the JETS' revival.
    #1. FIRE Rex Ryan and don't look back.
    #2. Hire John Gruden as Head Coach - pay him what it will take
    #3. Give Keeshawn a job on the offensive side of the ball.
    #4. Give Mark Sanchez a reprieve by starting the season as the back up, working with Gruden and shedding the unbelievable pressure placed on him the past 2 years. Sanchez is a real talent who was totally mis coached in NY and then buried by the negative press. If anyone can do it, John Gruden can restore this investment in the team and perhaps save this guy's life.
    #5. ARE YOU READY? Bring Tebow back to the team as a "tight end." This guy would give 1000% for the opportunity and everyone knows he's very athletic and very tough. Get him the ball at 10 yards out and he'll do exactly what Keeshawn always said is the important thing in football: "I move the chains."

    The secret to all of this would be having John Gruden leading, disciplining, motivating and bringing the Jets on to the field ready to play and ready to win.

    If only, right?

  • GRUDEN IS A QB KILLER! Ask anyone from Tampa, especially your offensive assistant wanna be Keyshawn what they think of Jonny Boy
  • I just LOVE IT when NYC falls over and hits its face. The big apple is WHINE city and the view from the "fly over zone" is just one big laugh. To bad you are not part of the U.S.A.
  • i like it too. can't stand jets. GMEN baby. But coming from some Georgia redneck doesn't mean much. ahhahahahahah
  • To say the Jets are a train wreck is putting it lightly. This is a full blown soap opera! From the fat toe sucker to the new draftee prima donna. You can't help but think that Tebow is somewhere down on one knee thanking God he's out of New York!
    Say what you will about Joe Namath.... he nailed it on this one.
  • Rex Ryan like his father were good defensive coaches but can't seem to do much as head coaches Buddy Ryan could pick talent Rex I don't think has a clue
  • I say bring back Favre from retirement.
  • Broadway Joe is a complete class act. I share his comments on the NY Jets. I have been a long suffering Jets fan.

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