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Rex Ryan: Joe Namath doesn’t know our team


Joe Namath says the Jets think they’re better than they really are because Rex Ryan has made them overconfident. Ryan disagrees with that assessment.

In fact, Ryan says his confidence in his team is one of his strengths as a coach, and he’s not going to change for Namath or anyone else.

“The great thing is I’m confident with our football team,” Ryan said, in comments distributed by the Jets’ PR staff. “There’s no question about it. I’ve told you this many times, I’ve never gone into a game I didn’t think I’d win. [I] haven’t won them all, but I certainly think we can and will. I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something. Namath can come in here, and if he can still throw, we’ll have him as a backup quarterback, but you know what? He doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside. Even though he’s a Jet, and once you’re a Jet, you’re always a Jet, but he’s on the outside. He’s not in these meetings. I think if he was, he’d be shocked with the preparation.”

Namath said the Jets looked unprepared for the Raiders in Sunday’s loss, but Ryan said that’s false.

“I welcome him to come out here and watch our guys prepare,” Ryan said. “He’d see a team that, in my opinion, prepares as well as any team I’ve been around. I disagree with him.”

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  1. trbowman says: Sep 26, 2011 8:13 PM

    Joe Namath doesn’t know anything

  2. eaglesnoles05 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:14 PM

    I agree with you, Coach, but the problem is that Joe Namath IS the Jets, as far as he is concerned.

  3. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Sep 26, 2011 8:17 PM

    Rex baby, shouldn’t you be focused solely on preparing your team for the next game?

  4. diehardraidersfan says: Sep 26, 2011 8:20 PM

    Namath said the Jets looked unprepared for the Raiders in Sunday’s loss, but Ryan said that’s false.

    “I welcome him to come out here and watch our guys prepare,” Ryan said. “He’d see a team that, in my opinion, prepares as well as any team I’ve been around. I disagree with him.”


    Completely true. They were prepared. They just got beat.

  5. obxastronaut says: Sep 26, 2011 8:20 PM


  6. raiderrich510 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    Trouble in th east……ahhhhh all because the Jets lost to the Raiders……gotta love it!

  7. rpiotr01 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    Ryan should show a little more humility when addressing a guy who’s, ya know, 1 for 1 on super bowl guarantees, as opposed to 0-3.

  8. rando74 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    To which Broadway Joe replied: “Rex, I just wanna give you a kiss”

  9. cmb79 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:22 PM

    Namath won something. You guys haven’t. Might serve you well to take what the guy says seriously.

  10. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Sep 26, 2011 8:23 PM

    Sanchez didnt have time to eat a hot dog on the sidelines yesterday,..he was busy sitting on the bench having the trainer try and straiten out his busted nose. Raider Nation….hey Tom Bunchen, youre next.

  11. billsfan27 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Rex Ryan:

    “Joe Namath doesn’t know our team… and he doesn’t know sandwiches. I know sandwiches. Hoagies. ‘Giant’ hoagies… I welcome him to come out here and watch me prepare a sandwich, because he’d be shocked by my preparation when it comes to sandwiches. I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something.”

  12. ampats says: Sep 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    This is classic. The greatest HOF player in the New York Jets history speaking the truth about this years version that is not as good as LY’s jets. And Rex Ryan guarantees he is wrong and the jets will once again be the Super Bowl Champions and Harold Camping is eating a hot dog on the sideline with Sanchez.

  13. fuqtard says: Sep 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Rex Ryan would really like to kiss Joe Namath’s feet right now…

  14. duanethomas says: Sep 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Joe wants to kiss Rex’s feet. All will be forgiven in Jet land.

  15. everydayimfumbilin says: Sep 26, 2011 8:27 PM

    joe namath: “come at me bro”

  16. jayrams39 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:29 PM

    Good for Rex Ryan to stick to his guns!

  17. commandercornpone says: Sep 26, 2011 8:30 PM

    i will go with joe on this one.

  18. welzy says: Sep 26, 2011 8:31 PM

    “Rex Ryan: Joe Namath doesn’t know our team”

    Maybe not, but the Raiders sure do.

  19. herlies says: Sep 26, 2011 8:31 PM

    “This is about Bill Belichick versus Rex Ryan”

    “This is going to be about me raising my level against Bill Belichick”

    “I’ve never gone into a game I didn’t think I’d win”

    Big mouth loves to make the game about him and not his overrated team. Just shut up already and coach your defense.

  20. rdrs68 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:32 PM

    Joe knows BS when he smells it.

  21. phillybirds says: Sep 26, 2011 8:34 PM

    Get’em Rex!!!!

  22. firerosenthalthebastard says: Sep 26, 2011 8:34 PM

    you’re right Rex… Namath can’t see how good your team is in practice… only the games.

  23. zoxitic says: Sep 26, 2011 8:36 PM

    Hmm, Joe Namath agrees more with Jason Hill than Rex Ryan.

  24. dixon29 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:38 PM

    I want to thank Rex for not saying they would win the Super Bowl in his response. They looked terrible yesterday and the Jets are, at best, the 7th best team in the AFC.

    Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl and he won it… Rex has guaranteed three and so far he is 0-2.

  25. ccooww says: Sep 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    Joe knows what he is talking abt. If you have a brain Rex you will listen, perhaps you can lear.n something

  26. tarheelpirate says: Sep 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    They were either unprepared or they just got their @sses whooped by a better, more physical team. You choose, Rex.

    I think Namath was trying to give them an excuse to explain why they were handled so easily by the Raiders.

  27. rudegger says: Sep 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    He doesn’t know your team Rex, but he knows something about guarantees, and he’s got a Superbowl to prove it. You don’t.

  28. descendency says: Sep 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    Joe Namath: Rex Ryan doesn’t know his team.

  29. rexismybff says: Sep 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    Namath shouldn’t complain – Rex is the most successful Jets coach since Weeb. Whatever he is doing is working.

  30. monsterscream says: Sep 26, 2011 8:48 PM

    Say what you want about the fat man…he took the high road here.

  31. chobes68 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:56 PM

    Three games in, who cares what Namath things? Rex has done pretty well the past two years, just needs to get over that hump. Bottom line is, they lost to a pretty good team in Oakland. No reason to panic.

  32. chobes68 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:02 PM

    “They were either unprepared or they just got their @sses whooped by a better, more physical team. You choose, Rex.”

    It’s a road loss in the NFL, it happens, get over your bar muscles there Sparky. Still early, and based on the past two seasons, the Jets seems to be there in the end. When its about week 12, lets see if the Raiders are still around.

    By that logic, you would agree then that the Raiders were unprepared, whooped, and out muscled by the Bills last week.

    Also, for everyone saying Namath WON the SB, really discredits the rest of his team. The final was 16-7, and he didn’t throw a TD in the game, so its not as though he dominated, but apparently his defense did. Unfortunately, the QB is usually the star or the goat, and they can’t give the MVP to the entire defense.

  33. jpb12 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:09 PM

    Namath still doing those L’eggs commercials?

  34. razedeyebrow says: Sep 26, 2011 9:10 PM

    Maybe Namath thinks that if he makes enough public pronouncements about things he knows nothing about, Suzy Kolber will finally give in and sleep with him.

  35. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 26, 2011 9:12 PM

    Namath says of Rex “He’s been doing a GREAT job”. I love how losing in the playoffs is “GREAT” for Jet fans. What a horrible organization.

  36. rundmc81 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:14 PM

    Bo Jackson said the Raiders are sick this yeah and Hue Jackson is the man..

  37. philtration says: Sep 26, 2011 9:20 PM

    Namath is overrated as a QB but he did just what he said he was going to do and he did it with style.

    He bitch slapped the NFL, made them look old and out of step and made them take notice of the AFL and you have to believe that was a big part of the merger.

  38. wethog66 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:24 PM

    Namath might not know Ryan’s team, but I am sure he can see Ryan is full of **** like his old man. Anyone can see that.

  39. raiderapologist says: Sep 26, 2011 9:28 PM

    chobes68 says: Sep 26, 2011 9:02 PM

    It’s a road loss in the NFL, it happens, get over your bar muscles there Sparky. Still early, and based on the past two seasons, the Jets seems to be there in the end. When its about week 12, lets see if the Raiders are still around.

    Jets aren’t there in the end, based on recent hardware, but they do show up in January. Time will tell if Oakland can say the same.

  40. freewayjim says: Sep 26, 2011 9:30 PM

    What in the name of Rich Kotite and Lou Holtz is going on here?

    I’ll go with Broadway Joe on this one.

  41. otis52gsh says: Sep 26, 2011 9:34 PM

    Way to hit the nail on the head Joe. I wish I could just kiss you.

  42. boneyardbuc says: Sep 26, 2011 9:37 PM

    “Can I kiss you?” – Joe Namath

  43. j0esixpack says: Sep 26, 2011 9:42 PM

    All you need to know is that when Joe guarantees a Super Bowl it’s won

    Rex is in his second straight year of guaranteeing a Super Bowl win.

    I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means.

  44. nesuperfan says: Sep 26, 2011 9:56 PM

    fuqtard says:Sep 26, 2011 8:25 PM

    Rex Ryan would really like to kiss Joe Namath’s feet right now…

    Rex is not worthy of kissing Namath’s feet.

  45. jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 9:59 PM

    people have a hard enough time remembering who the annual superbowl loser is…and people here are saying rex is successful because his team has lost consecutive conference title games?? thats success?? the BS jets were gifted into the playoffs two years ago by the colts and last year they had more bogus wins during the season then any team ive ever seen. the jets are WAYYYYY overrated.

    im saying it right now….if the jets lose to baltimore next week they WILL NOT make the playoffs this year.

  46. ravenator says: Sep 26, 2011 10:00 PM

    Joe Namath Guarantees: 1 for 1
    Rex Ryan Guarantees: 0 for 2 (soon to be o for 3)

  47. ny82jy says: Sep 26, 2011 10:02 PM

    You know what i really could give two craps what joe namath thinks or says about the jets. I care about them going to baltimore and getting their crap together and getting a W. With that said i wish Namath would shut up. Rex is right hes not part of the team and he doesnt know whats going on either. If anything hes being a unwanted distraction. Its one loss, nobody is going undefeated. Yes the jets played like crap and they have alot to clean up but its one game. As of now their is no dominamt team in the afc. Give rex and the staff some dam credit Namath they have done pretty well the last two years they know what they are doing.

  48. groundpounder95 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:12 PM

    Sexy Rexy good use some tips on footwork in the redzone.

  49. radrntn says: Sep 26, 2011 10:13 PM

    there is no doubt the jets were prepared. raiders were very fortunate to go into halftime tied. The one mistake was sanchez interception in the end zone. that would have made the score 24 -7.

    Raiders never converted a third down all day, so nanath is soundind llike he is drunk again. The raiders and jets battled all day. Sanchez got the black and blue face to prove, and the raiders are all banged up after that game. Both team played a physical game, and raiders got the win. Fact is Joe, the Jets have been to the last two AFC championships. That is one more then you ever played in your entire life. I have a lot of friends that are jets fans, and they knew the raiders just beat them in a tough game. Both team have a lot of players nicked up from that game yesterday.

  50. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 26, 2011 10:15 PM

    Rex Ryan wants to suck Joe Namath’s toes.

    And Joe Namath is okay with that.

  51. myspaceyourface says: Sep 26, 2011 10:22 PM

    Hey Suzie, how about a little kiss.

    You are so beautiful.

  52. wethog66 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:41 PM


    Was Broadway Joe wrong? I love me some Suzie Kolber. Good looking chick who sounds like a jock, whats not to love? lol

  53. madisonave99 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:01 PM

    I’m so glad Rex stuck to his guns…and he’s right–he’s instilled the Jets with confidence, something the Jets never have given their dubious history the last 40 years

    How does losing one game prove a team isn’t as good as they claim?? Way too overly dramatic

  54. laramsfan003 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:04 PM

    Thought Joe Namath was their backup QB. Actually I’m wrong, Namath is a few yrs. younger than their current backup.

  55. tunescribe says: Sep 26, 2011 11:06 PM

    Rex should ask Joe if he can see his ring, ‘cuz that’s the closest he’ll ever get to one.

  56. chazzmon says: Sep 26, 2011 11:07 PM

    The foot jokes are old, and yeah yeah we know Joe was drunk and tried to kiss Suzy Kobler ZZZZZZZZ

    The Jets lost to pretty good Raider team in Oakland. The Jets aren’t great and until they can run the ball they won’t be. Based on the Raider game they can’t stop the run either. Need lots of work to get back to that championship game.

  57. canetic says: Sep 26, 2011 11:08 PM

    Mark Sanchez thinks he can beat up Joe Namath

  58. heisthejuan says: Sep 26, 2011 11:09 PM

    @radrntn, you don’t need to convert on 3rd down when you are getting so much yardage on 1st & 2nd down.

  59. ndallasruss says: Sep 26, 2011 11:11 PM

    “Even though he’s a Jet, and once you’re a Jet, you’re always a Jet…”

    When you’re a Jet,
    You’re a Jet all the way
    From your first cigarette
    To your last dyin’ day.
    When you’re a Jet,
    Let ’em do what they can.
    You got brothers around,
    You’re a family man!
    You’re never alone,
    You’re never disconnected!
    You’re home with your own:
    When company’s expected,
    You’re well protected!

    Then you are set
    With a capital J,
    Which you’ll never forget
    Till they cart you away.
    When you’re a Jet,
    You stay a Jet!

  60. marathejet says: Sep 26, 2011 11:16 PM

    Joe’s right! Rex thinks thinks his D is the
    85 Bears. More reality less BS! GO JETS

  61. onthewagonsince90 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:44 PM

    Doesn’t matter, Buffalo is the best team in the East…

    Can’t wait to see what Joey has to say when Fitzmagic throws for a mile against Rex’s D.

  62. dspohn55 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:45 PM

    I understand and respect that Joe Namath is a Super Bowl winning QB. but the fact is he had 220 interceptions to just 170 touchdowns in his career, and had a 50.1 completion percentage for his career.

    Joe Montana he is not… far from it. Shut your drunkin’ yap, Namath.

  63. kappy32 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:56 PM

    Slippery slope for Rex calling out the Jets only real hall of famer throughout their amazingly successful, illustrious existence (sarcasm; the other HoFers being Don Maynard [Punter], John Riggins [Steelers], Weeb Ewbank [Head Coach]). This town can turn very quickly on a coach (see Willie Randolph, Herm Edwards & Jim Fassel). The Jets are clearly not the same team they were last season. Shonn Greene is approaching bust territory; their OL is very weak; Edwards/Cotchery was better than Plax/Mason; their D is getting old & looks slow; and Sanchez is not a very good QB & is making mistakes as he did in his rookie year. This team will not win when Sanchez throws 30-plus times, especially with the simplistic pass patterns they run. With 4 routes, 3 are a combination of short slants, short hitches and short to medium in-routes, while the 4th is always Plax going deep on a fly or post. Teams are picking up on this and are going to begin under-cutting the short routes & jamming Plax at the line because he is terrible against press coverage. On defense, there has been little to no change in Rex’s scheme. Rex continues to call the same overload blitzes & it’s on tape, teams are picking it up. When that doesn’t work, he drops 8 in zone coverage with a front three that can’t penetrate Saran Wrap. Thus far in 2011, Rex has been out-coached in every game aside from the Jaguars game. It took a minor miracle and a Romo collapse for the Jets to escape week 1 with a win. If he keeps getting out-classed, out-schemed & out-coached, Rex is going to find himself on the wrong end of loyal Jets’ fans’ wrath & newspaper headlines. Calling out Joe Namath won’t help his cause one bit. This might just be the beginning of the end of the Jets’ dynasty (where they didn’t win a single trophy, not even a division trophy) and the onset of panic amongst Gang Green.

  64. nicosanchez02 says: Sep 26, 2011 11:57 PM

    All this talk is giving me a headache, why can’t they just say, you guys not only got beat, but beat up by a better team that won this game in the trenches!

  65. riverhorsey says: Sep 27, 2011 12:05 AM

    Arkansas hillbilly would fit right in with those New York toe suckers.

  66. johnnyshore says: Sep 27, 2011 12:06 AM

    How long until the Jets realize that Mark Sanchez sucks?

  67. johnnyshore says: Sep 27, 2011 12:07 AM

    “Fact is Joe, the Jets have been to the last two AFC championships. That is one more then you ever played in your entire life. ”

    Yes..but don’t you realize that Namath won the super bowl that year?

  68. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 27, 2011 12:40 AM

    Well, that’s certainly a change from that Hard Knocks show, when Rex brought in “Mr. Jet” Joe Namath to talk to the team at camp, and kissed Joe Willie’s Broadway butt all the way back to New York.

    Back then, Joe was a football god. Now that the team is losing, Joe doesn’t know squat. Oh what great entertainment!

    Next thing you know, Joe Willie won’t know anything about feet, either, even though he did all those pantyhose commercials…

  69. billsthicknthin says: Sep 27, 2011 5:11 AM

    Jets are tough to figure out, they go toe to toe with the best teams in the league then need a miracle to eek out a game against a mediocre team. In my humble non-biased opinion Rex has probably been spending valuable time game-planning for the Bills several weeks from now…

    But seriously Bills fans, stop saying we’re the best team in the East we just won but NE is now 15-1 against us in our last 16. Seriously, ITS THREE GAMES.

  70. pastabelly says: Sep 27, 2011 5:47 AM

    I hate the Jets but respect the job Ryan has done. He provided leadership where it didn’t exist and is a good game planner. Of course, it’s easy looking like a great defensive coach when you start with Revis. Ryan could show a bit more respect to Namath than he has. Would it have killed him to say that Namath was a great Jet but that he believes and expects more of his team than Namath does?

  71. jetfanfolife says: Sep 27, 2011 7:55 AM

    Joe got the invite to watch them practice. Let’s see what happens next.

    And to all you Jet haters…season ain’t over yet. Oh noo we lost one game! Guess what? We are not over rated like the Pats and Tom Cry Baby.

  72. tarken10 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:07 AM

    Did Ryan really just break in to a musical?

    When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dying day…..

  73. kev86 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:56 AM

    An autographed Namath in pantyhose pic should patch things up. Will look great above the fireplace at Rexys pad.

  74. richm2256 says: Sep 27, 2011 9:16 AM

    rexismybff says:
    Namath shouldn’t complain – Rex is the most successful Jets coach since Weeb. Whatever he is doing is working.
    If by “successful” you mean “still hasn’t won a damn thing”, then yeah, I guess he’s “successful”.

    By the way, I can’t believe I’m seeing Jets fans here trashing the undisputed greatest Jet of all.

    The one who actually ACCOMPLISHED something!

  75. jayarby says: Sep 27, 2011 11:25 AM

    Let’s face it, Namath was always an overrated QB to start and who got into the HOF because of one game. His numbers are average at best. Now after over 30 years out of the game, he thinks he can tell Ryan how to run the team? I think not.

  76. jackfnburton says: Sep 27, 2011 1:03 PM

    Hey there, Joe. You awake yet? It’s almost noon. No no, don’t get up. Just wanted to let you know something.

    Look, you won the Super Bowl. You were a hero – almost a half century ago. Granted, it’s more than I’ll ever accomplish if I live to be a hundred but let’s be honest, it was the last significant thing you’ve done aside from being drunk on television.

    So, if you’re under the impression that the world needs your constant buy in on the Jets, you’re sadly mistaken. I know you want a piece of the glory now that they’re a good team again, but this is their time. Yours has come and gone.

    Now, here’s a nice delicious bottle of Jameson. Why don’t you crawl into it and mind your own business. Kay? Thanks.

  77. agelardi says: Sep 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    Totally love that Ryan is quoting West Side Story. lol

  78. marathejet says: Sep 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    Joe’s right on! This is not about Joe, it’s about mister Bluster. Please let the play do the talking!
    Joe’s got the ring, not Rex!

    Go Jets

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