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Namath says Plaxico will be “damn lucky” to finish the season

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There’s a lot of optimism among the Jets family regarding newly-signed receiver Plaxico Burress.  The guy who led the Jets to their only Super Bowl doesn’t share in those feelings.

“When I see Burress, certainly in the past, and [Braylon] Edwards, their route running and adjusting, I didn’t like it — and I still don’t,” Joe Namath told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’ll be surprised if Burress and [quarterback Mark] Sanchez click well and I’ll be even more surprised if Burress, after being laid off for two years and change, is going to make it through the season.”

Burress already has had an ankle injury and a back problem, and it’s still 12 days until the start of the season.

“We’re already talking about the feet — the ankles, the feet,” Namath said.  “There’s a lot of running in a long season.  I don’t see it happening. . . .

“I hope he makes All-Pro, but the realistic side of me. . . .  The reality is, he’ll be damn lucky if he makes it through the season,” Namath said.

Namath may be wrong.  Namath may be right.  But he makes plenty of sense.

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58 Responses to “Namath says Plaxico will be “damn lucky” to finish the season”
  1. dontputthumbsuponmeplease! says: Aug 30, 2011 10:32 PM

    yeah plaxico burress yawn

  2. jbl429 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:43 PM

    probably the smartest thing I’ve heard namath say in a long time.

  3. mchool42 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:43 PM

    Good lord the potential for foot jokes on this page are incredible…I’m not even going to attempt to make one. As i know they’re already coming.

  4. clinttaurus says: Aug 30, 2011 10:45 PM

    commence drunk Suzy Kolber jokes in 4-3-2…

  5. seneca1ss says: Aug 30, 2011 10:45 PM

    Hey Joe, I wanna kiss you…………….

  6. qdog112 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:45 PM

    Is Joe still trying to make predictions? He was right once, now you can’t tell him nothin’. I bet for the past 40 years Joe has been the “life of the party”, making crazy predictions. Is he more famous for the SB win or for trying to get a kiss during a MFB half time interview? I hope he stopped drinking.

    Asked about it an hour later Joe said Plax…who, what?

  7. raidaz20 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:46 PM

    How is this guy in the hall of fame again?
    TDs 173 INTs 220

  8. jcjets says: Aug 30, 2011 10:47 PM

    It’s definitely a question mark! But the route running part is contrary to what the Espn sports science show stated. Which was that Burress was extremely precise in running routes.

  9. RedHeadedBastard says: Aug 30, 2011 10:53 PM

    Joe will be lucky if he can make it the entire season without hitting on Suzy Kolber.

  10. austskate says: Aug 30, 2011 10:54 PM

    Disagree, big season for Plax

  11. deucedropper says: Aug 30, 2011 10:57 PM

    “I’ll be surprised if Burress and Sanchez click well”
    ———————–
    “compared to me and Suzy.”

  12. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 30, 2011 10:57 PM

    I played 40 years ago! My opinion and analysis is relevant even though I’ve never been paid by a professional organization for either one!

    Now, who is up for some boilermakers?

  13. hobartbaker says: Aug 30, 2011 11:00 PM

    Smells like senior citizen spirit.

  14. everydayimfumbilin says: Aug 30, 2011 11:02 PM

    is Namath gonna pay a pitman or something? I hate that guy

  15. vuudu says: Aug 30, 2011 11:03 PM

    Who is he?

  16. arlingtonassasin says: Aug 30, 2011 11:05 PM

    I love the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas glasses. Johnny Depp’s character is probably more sober too

  17. hobartbaker says: Aug 30, 2011 11:07 PM

    38 years ago Joe faced a choice between getting caps for his teeth or a new set of eyeglasses.

  18. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 30, 2011 11:11 PM

    raidaz20 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:46 PM
    How is this guy in the hall of fame again?
    TDs 173 INTs 220

    ———————————-

    Because he played in a different era.

    TDs and INTs weren’t really the best judge of a players’ performance.

    His QB Rating+ was also positive (although not outstanding). A better argument is that he was always about 7% better than the average QB of his time, and never posted a QB+ of better than 110.

    So no, he really doesn’t belong there, but TDs and INTs aren’t really the reason.

    The 50% completion rating is kinda ugly too.

  19. habsman says: Aug 30, 2011 11:18 PM

    Dereck Mason isn’t a spring chicken either. This team is old and about to take a step back this year. Lucky to make the post season past couple of years, and wouldn’t have if not for some teams resting players at the end of the year. Maybe 9-7.

  20. green41563 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:26 PM

    raidaz20 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:46 PM

    How is this guy in the hall of fame again?
    TDs 173 INTs 220
    ____________________________________

    Are you retarded? Trying to cite statistics from the 60s and 70s, when the passing game was completely different?

    You know who else had more INTs than TDs?

    Norm VanBrocklin, HOF
    Bobby Layne, HOF
    George Blanda, HOF
    Sammy Baugh, HOF
    Ken Stabler, All-pro

    And how about some close calls. . .

    Terry Bradshaw, 212 TD, 210 INT
    Bart Starr, 152TD , 138INT
    John Elway, 158 Td, 157 INT through first 10 years in the league

    Namath played in a completely different type of offense–and on mostly terrible clubs–while having one gruesome knee operation after another.

  21. ikedavisnose says: Aug 30, 2011 11:29 PM

    Say what you want bout broadway Joe but remember some of those Jet teams he played for really had no good except for Maynard and even he was either old or retired so come on now don’t be hatin

  22. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 30, 2011 11:29 PM

    clinttaurus says:Aug 30, 2011 10:45 PM

    commence drunk Suzy Kolber jokes in 4-3-2…

    ————————————

    And every one of them deserved…

  23. txtuff says: Aug 30, 2011 11:35 PM

    Does anybody even care what Namath has to say?

  24. green41563 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:36 PM

    To illustrate the difference between then and now, consider this:

    Namath averaged 14.7 yards per completion for his career, meaning that he was throwing much, much longer routes than are thrown today on average.

    Here are the career averages of contemporary QBs:

    Philip Rivers: 12.6
    Aaron Rodgers: 12.3
    Peyton Manning: 11.7
    Tom Brady 11.6
    Brett Favre: 11.4
    Matt Ryan: 11.4
    Drew Brees: 11.2

    Not a single starting QB in 2011 has a career YPC of even 13, let alone 14.7.

  25. shanefu316 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:45 PM

    Namath thinks Burress will be “Struuuuugggllinnnggg” to hook up with Sanchez……just think about that Jet fans while eating your G.D. snack.

  26. egls7 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:48 PM

    Then he proceeds to tell the interviewer that he wants to kiss him

  27. bolts11 says: Aug 30, 2011 11:52 PM

    Coach Ryan Jr: “Oh yeah baby, I like your feet. Do you want me to touch your feet? Oh yeah baby…” I thought I heard this story before…

  28. trbowman says: Aug 31, 2011 12:30 AM

    It’s a joke a guy like Joe is in the hall and Cris Carter is still waiting.

  29. hobartbaker says: Aug 31, 2011 12:45 AM

    Whenever Joe goes out in public he wears his shooting glasses. So he can shoot himself in the foot with better precision.

  30. promickey says: Aug 31, 2011 12:45 AM

    You guys with the old man and Suzy Kolber jokes; think about what Joe is saying. The Jets give up Cotchery, Smith and Edwards, all young players in their prime for a 34 year old who spent the last two years in prison. How can that work in todays competitive NFL. I’ll bet Suzy Kolber catches more passes from Joe Namath than Plaxico does from Sanchez.

  31. hobartbaker says: Aug 31, 2011 12:49 AM

    These days Joe gets turned back from security checkpoints for being highly dangerous combustible material.

  32. rajbais says: Aug 31, 2011 12:51 AM

    Joe, I hope you “successfully” completed AA meetings.

  33. jellycrime says: Aug 31, 2011 12:55 AM

    You are all dumbasses. Joe is in the HOF for reasons way beyond any numbers he amassed on the field. Joe legitimized the AFC and made the present NFL what it is today. Broadway Joe is the Jets. His image should be on the NFL logo just like Jerry West is on the NBA logo, but I am sure you dolts probably never heard of Jerry West either.

    You can follow me on Twitter @jellycrime

  34. orthodoxdj says: Aug 31, 2011 1:08 AM

    “I guarantee he might get hurt.”

  35. anhdazman says: Aug 31, 2011 1:27 AM

    If Joe is in the HOF how the hell isn’t Jim Plunkett or Kenny Stabler?!

  36. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 31, 2011 1:51 AM

    @raidaz20

    Because of his contributions not only to the Jets but the NFL and the sport of gridiron football in general, moron.

  37. amanitoomerisgod says: Aug 31, 2011 2:26 AM

    Any Giants fan can tell you that Plaxico’s ankles were weekly fodder for speculation throughout his tenure with Big Blue. In the end he remained healthy enough to play and compete at a high level. Heck, they were even bothering him in the NFC Championship and Super Bowl in 2008. Remember how he’d catch those passes and then just fall right to the turf with no attempt at YAC? At the end of the game, he was still healthy enough to win it. Also, though I wasn’t around during his time I’m sure Namath was a hoot in his day, but he’s just a drunken blowhard to the younger generations.

  38. j3ts83 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:57 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Aug 30, 2011 11:11 PM
    raidaz20 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:46 PM
    How is this guy in the hall of fame again?
    TDs 173 INTs 220

    ———————————-

    Because he played in a different era.

    TDs and INTs weren’t really the best judge of a players’ performance.

    His QB Rating+ was also positive (although not outstanding). A better argument is that he was always about 7% better than the average QB of his time, and never posted a QB+ of better than 110.

    So no, he really doesn’t belong there, but TDs and INTs aren’t really the reason.

    The 50% completion rating is kinda ugly too.

    _________________________________

    Exactly, I love these fake Patriot* fans who post retarded comments like that knowing nothing about football, then all there bandwagon friends give it a thumbs up. Yeah, go compare his numbers to Brady… morons

  39. titansjets58 says: Aug 31, 2011 3:31 AM

    I cant stand this guy. I feel like he does not want the Jets to win aSB so he can be the only one to bring the trophy to NY. He never has anything good to say about the Jets. As a former player he should shut his mouth and do nothing but support the franchise.

  40. typicaleaglesfan says: Aug 31, 2011 4:04 AM

    Well with Rex Ryan coaching plax he’s already volunteered to massage plax’s feet and ankles so joes got nothing to worry about there. I’d be more concerned plax doesn’t shoot Rex for trying to kiss on his feet.

  41. skins359 says: Aug 31, 2011 4:05 AM

    I wAnNA KIss YoU.

  42. jetfanfolife says: Aug 31, 2011 5:09 AM

    Eat this nay-sayers…

    Namath was the American Football League Rookie of the year in 1965 and became the first professional quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season (1967) when he threw for 4,007 yards. This was a feat that remained a record for the 14-game seasons that were played during that time.[9] He was a four-time American Football League All-Star, in 1965, 1967, 1968, and 1969, although he was plagued with knee injuries through much of his career and underwent four pioneering knee operations by Dr. James A. Nicholas. On some occasions, Namath had to have his knee drained at halftime so that he could finish a game. Later in life, long after he left football, he had to have knee replacement surgery on both legs.

    In the 1968 AFL title game, Namath threw three touchdown passes to lead New York to a 27-23 win over the defending American Football League Champion Oakland Raiders. His performance in the 1968 season earned him the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year. He was an AFC-NFC Pro Bowler in 1972. Besides having the Hall of Fame distinction, he is a member of the Jets’ all-time team and the American Football League All-Time Team.

    Yes I wikipedia it

  43. edmazeing1 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:08 AM

    I think he was on a episode of the brady bunch!!!

  44. thegonz13 says: Aug 31, 2011 6:41 AM

    “He won’t finish the season… I guarantee it!”

  45. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 31, 2011 7:06 AM

    He’s suppose to be the Super Bowl MVP this season.

  46. tiffpats4eva says: Aug 31, 2011 7:10 AM

    titansjets58 says:
    Aug 31, 2011 3:31 AM
    I cant stand this guy. I feel like he does not want the Jets to win aSB so he can be the only one to bring the trophy to NY.
    ******************************

    You could be talking about Joe or any other NFL fan.

    Actually, I hate to admit it, SB trophy was in NY in the 2007 season.

  47. dirtdawg55 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:14 AM

    Joe Namath is in the hall because he helped bring legitimacy to the AFL and helped broaden the popularity of football. That, and sucking up to the NY media helped his cause more than anything he did on the field, although he was one of the better QBs of his time.

    But if he is in the HOF then so should Doug Williams.

    Besides, let NY Jets fans have to squirm with that guy being in the HOF. Perfect representative of that team and their fans – loud mired mouth drunken boor with more style than substance and mired in past glories that were not all that glorious. The whole franchise is like that guy we all know who keeps talking about his high school exploits from forty years ago and still thinks he can get the job done. Now he is three times divorced, just laid off from his union job at the car plant, living in a trailer with his latest girlfriend from a junket to Vegas. Go J-E-T-S!

  48. jag8r904 says: Aug 31, 2011 7:42 AM

    Plax was questionable his entire last season with the Giants and was still a top 5 WR.

  49. lawyermalloy says: Aug 31, 2011 7:44 AM

    I see Joe forgot to take his medicine again!

  50. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 31, 2011 8:17 AM

    Now you’ve had your drink… and now its time for you to tell a reporter what everyone else seems to know.

  51. richm2256 says: Aug 31, 2011 8:18 AM

    j3ts83 says:
    Exactly, I love these fake Patriot* fans who post retarded comments like that knowing nothing about football, then all there bandwagon friends give it a thumbs up. Yeah, go compare his numbers to Brady… morons
    ————————————————–
    I suggest YOU compare the numbers, moron. Namath was great in his day, but Brady’s numbers will blow Namath away; completion %, total yards, TD/INT ratio, QB rating; you pick the stat.

    That, and he has two more rings.

    But hey, haters gotta hate, don’t try to use facts with them.

  52. steeelfann says: Aug 31, 2011 8:32 AM

    Joe is right. I am wondering if Plax makes it through also. Makes good points.

    There is more to the Hall of Fame than TD’s vs INT’s by the way.

    Cris Carter Lovers: He played on a loaded team with Randy Moss on the other side. He is very borderline and was cut in his early career. He was tough around the end zone no doubt. He is iffy so stop acting like he is a slam dunk. What about all the bad things in Carter’s career? Good for the goose, good for the gander.

  53. waxthat says: Aug 31, 2011 8:44 AM

    In recent interviews, Joe has shown he’s much more level-headed than he was just a few short yrs ago. Good for him.

  54. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 31, 2011 9:32 AM

    It’s not fair to compare Tom Brady’s #’s to Joe Namath’s. Different eras, duh. BUT…It IS fair to compare Joe’s numbers to Kenny Anderson and Ken Stabler. Both were better QB’s, but neither predicted a SB win. THAT…is the true reason Joe Namath is in the hall. He helped popularize the game. Otherwise, Ken Anderson or Ken Stabler deserves Joe’s spot.

  55. electstat says: Aug 31, 2011 11:26 AM

    When the day comes that the Jets win another SB, poor Joe will be irrelevant in NY.

  56. jetfanfolife says: Aug 31, 2011 12:00 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Aug 31, 2011 8:18 AM
    j3ts83 says:
    Exactly, I love these fake Patriot* fans who post retarded comments like that knowing nothing about football, then all there bandwagon friends give it a thumbs up. Yeah, go compare his numbers to Brady… morons
    ————————————————–
    I suggest YOU compare the numbers, moron. Namath was great in his day, but Brady’s numbers will blow Namath away; completion %, total yards, TD/INT ratio, QB rating; you pick the stat.

    That, and he has two more rings.

    But hey, haters gotta hate, don’t try to use facts with them.

    ———————————————–

    Here is a fact, where Joe played with BAD KNEES through out his career and toughed it out, Tom Beiber Brady will cry and pout when he sacked or gets bumped. Stupid Pats fans don’t know when to shut up

  57. mogogo1 says: Aug 31, 2011 12:23 PM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:

    It’s not fair to compare Tom Brady’s #’s to Joe Namath’s. Different eras, duh. BUT…It IS fair to compare Joe’s numbers to Kenny Anderson and Ken Stabler. Both were better QB’s, but neither predicted a SB win. THAT…is the true reason Joe Namath is in the hall. He helped popularize the game. Otherwise, Ken Anderson or Ken Stabler deserves Joe’s spot.

    ________________________

    He did a bit more than merely popularize the game. Prior to Super Bowl III nobody got really excited about the game because the NFC was so dominant. (The first Super Bowl wasn’t even on TV.) Namath not only predicted the win against a heavily favored opponent, he and the Jets proved the AFC was worthy. And that played a huge part in turning the Super Bowl into the event it has become today.

  58. CKL says: Aug 31, 2011 1:41 PM

    j3ts83 says: Aug 31, 2011 2:57 AM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    Aug 30, 2011 11:11 PM
    raidaz20 says: Aug 30, 2011 10:46 PM
    How is this guy in the hall of fame again?
    TDs 173 INTs 220

    ———————————-

    Because he played in a different era.

    TDs and INTs weren’t really the best judge of a players’ performance.

    His QB Rating+ was also positive (although not outstanding). A better argument is that he was always about 7% better than the average QB of his time, and never posted a QB+ of better than 110.

    So no, he really doesn’t belong there, but TDs and INTs aren’t really the reason.

    The 50% completion rating is kinda ugly too.

    _________________________________

    Exactly, I love these fake Patriot* fans who post retarded comments like that knowing nothing about football, then all there bandwagon friends give it a thumbs up. Yeah, go compare his numbers to Brady… morons
    ________________________________________
    Joke’s on you buddy. Guy who you are complimenting is a Pats fan. :P

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