Rex Ryan: Joe Namath doesn’t know our team

AP

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.”

78 responses to “Rex Ryan: Joe Namath doesn’t know our team

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. “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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. “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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. @myspaceyourface

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

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. “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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. @radrntn
    “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?

  29. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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?

  32. 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.

  33. 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…..

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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