It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Joe Namath about the state of the Jets, but Peyton Manning’s availability has him feeling chatty.
Namath spoke to Bloomberg News and Metro New York about the prospect of Manning joining the Jets, but he doesn’t see it happening. Namath thinks the Jets have too much cleaning up to do after last season for Manning to consider joining the team.
“The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming,” Namath said.
The only Jets quarterback to win a Super Bowl also thinks the Jets should stick with the quarterback they already have. Namath thinks Mark Sanchez deserved more respect from his teammates last season and that he deserves a little bit more from the Jets as well.
“These guys — the Jets — thought Sanchez was a championship quarterback. Has that suddenly changed now?” Namath said. “I haven’t heard that. Let them come out and say it. I haven’t heard that and I don’t think they should.”
When he wasn’t sharing his thoughts about the chances that Manning joins his younger brother at the Meadowlands, Namath also shared some thoughts about his own late career shift in teams after medical issues helped ease him out the door with the only team he’d ever played for. Namath said he wasn’t prepared for how difficult it would be to go to a new team and system, but added that he thought Manning would do a better job of transitioning because of his attention to detail.