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Namath thinks Woody Johnson cares more about PSLs than winning

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The greatest player in the history of the New York Jets is once again ripping the current makeup of the Jets.

This time, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath told The Jets Blog Podcast that under owner Woody Johnson, the team’s primary concern has become selling personal seat licenses, rather than winning, and as a result Johnson just wants the Jets to make offseason moves that will generate publicity — like trading for Tim Tebow — as opposed to moves that will build the foundation of a strong team.

“I think the focus is changed, subtly,” Namath said, via ESPN.com. “It’s more toward grabbing headlines, and everything starts at the top. And you can go back to when the seat licenses were initiated, how we started conducting things. I don’t think winning has been put at the top of the board. Winning headlines has replaced that.”

Of course, the best way to sell tickets would be to win a Super Bowl. So Johnson surely wants to see his team win (even if it would only be a consolation prize for him after his top priority of getting Mitt Romney elected didn’t work out). But Namath believes that the Jets have picked players who get short-term attention, rather than players who will be part of a long-term goal of winning the Super Bowl.

“We seem to have regressed with talent, the last two years at least, the last three years,” he said. “I don’t know who’s picking the player . . . I’m disappointed in the talent we have, and I think you have to start looking at who’s doing the picking and why.”

Namath isn’t the only one who is looking at the person who’s doing the picking, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and asking why he hasn’t built a better team. A big question for the future of the franchise is whether Johnson will find someone new to pick the players next year.

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35 Responses to “Namath thinks Woody Johnson cares more about PSLs than winning”
  1. txtuff says: Nov 8, 2012 7:40 AM

    This is the only guy from the Jets that sounds worse then Rex “Foot” Ryan when he opens his mouth! Please shut up.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Nov 8, 2012 7:42 AM

    Namath is like the proverbial ‘blind squirrel’ … and he’s just found his nut.

  3. gronkspike802 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:43 AM

    Man am I glad I’m not a Jets fan!

  4. jameswestphal says: Nov 8, 2012 7:46 AM

    Wow, really Joe? It’s almost like it’s a profit driven business or something.

  5. stew48 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:46 AM

    Namath the greatest Jet? You must be joking, and it is too early in the day for that.

  6. pgh15212 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:48 AM

    Wasn’t football Joe’s fifth priority when he played?

  7. kwgator says: Nov 8, 2012 7:52 AM

    Alcoholics Anonymous thinks Joe should start attending meetings again

  8. sevensgottago says: Nov 8, 2012 7:52 AM

    Joe also thinks getting boozed up and molesting Suzy Kolber on national TV is a swell idea. Hardly one of the great thinkers of our time!

  9. tv426 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:54 AM

    Go crawl back in your hole Joe. You haven’t been relevant since the 70s.

  10. bobleblah says: Nov 8, 2012 7:54 AM

    I really want to kiss you right now…

  11. agcooney108 says: Nov 8, 2012 7:59 AM

    hate to admit it, but he’s right

  12. Punk says: Nov 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    I love that Joe says what he thinks.

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Nov 8, 2012 8:01 AM

    Joe Namath and Mercury Morris as roommates is a reality show waiting to happen.

  14. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 8, 2012 8:04 AM

    If Rex Ryan was voted the Most Overrated coach, Namath has to be the most overrated-former-player-to-offer-meaningless-soundbites

  15. j0esixpack says: Nov 8, 2012 8:12 AM

    You mean the team that has yet to surpass the Houston Oilers in AFC East titles?

    Nah! You don’t know what you’re talkin’ ’bout Joe

  16. FinFan68 says: Nov 8, 2012 8:27 AM

    Namath has made some off-the-wall comments before–usually in the midst of a drunken stupor–but there is usually some candid truth in there somewhere.

  17. mangycougar says: Nov 8, 2012 8:28 AM

    Greatest Jet of all time?

    Charisma yes, Production, no

    Curtis Martin is the greatest Jet of all time.

    Look at his numbers. He is the most underrated back of his era.

  18. areyoudue says: Nov 8, 2012 8:29 AM

    Seems about right. Woody needs to find a new GM and then keep his nose out of football decisions.

  19. fwippel says: Nov 8, 2012 8:31 AM

    And why would this be news? Owners want to win, but they NEED to make a profit in order to justify owning the franchise. My guess is you’d be hard pressed to find any owner that felt differently.

    Check out the prices for concessions at Jerry Jones’s new digs in Dallas. Jerry’s not losing money folks, and no owner who wants to keep on owning his team is willing to lose money.

    One more thing: “The greatest player in the history of the New York Jets” is Joe Namath? Are you kidding? Freeman McNeil, Don Maynard, Curtis Martin all had better careers than Namath.

    Never in the history of any sport has one player lived off of one game more than Namath has off of Super Bowl III. Namath is the worst player in the Hall of Fame, by far, and his career passer rating is so low that it would get him benched or cut outright today. He is the most over-rated player in NFL history.

  20. hooterdawg says: Nov 8, 2012 8:37 AM

    It’s surprising that NY fans tolerate the mismanagement of Woody. Perhaps having another SB winning team in town tempers their frustration.

  21. whatjusthapped says: Nov 8, 2012 8:45 AM

    After attempting to kiss Suzy Kolbert, its been straight downhill to Broadway Joe.

    Please go away and take your already spent 15 minutes of fame.

  22. bigdan7885 says: Nov 8, 2012 8:46 AM

    He’s absolutely right, and I don’t think it’s all that subtle either. Tebow barely plays and when he’s in the game it’s for something ridiculous like punt protector. What’s the point?

  23. hehateme2 says: Nov 8, 2012 8:57 AM

    I think Namath sold his soul for that 1 Super Bowl trip….

  24. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 8, 2012 9:01 AM

    And water is wet. Every jets fan knows this. It’s all about selling seats and giving Woody Johnson as much publicity as he can get. The only difference between Woody Johnson and a 16 year old girl from NY is his back account.

  25. baloneyjohn says: Nov 8, 2012 9:05 AM

    “Greatest player” in Jets history?
    Get real. One lousy Super Bowl win, while he was just the QB. Its a team game and I personally think Curtis Martin should be considered.
    Go kiss Kolber, wear your fur coat and wear panty hose

  26. timb12 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:10 AM

    What other player have they picked up besides Tebow that was just for headlines? Namath is saying this like there’s a track record of it.

  27. rc33 says: Nov 8, 2012 9:18 AM

    In a related item, Woody Johnson thinks Joe Namath cares more about DSL’s than winning.

  28. mgifford15 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:15 AM

    Still can’t believe Namath is a hall of famer. His career numbers are comparable to jake plummer’s.

  29. salukis92 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:17 AM

    “If Rex Ryan was voted the Most Overrated coach, Namath has to be the most overrated-former-player-to-offer-meaningless-soundbites”

    No I think that award would be a tie between Fran Tarkenton and Gayle Sayers.

  30. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:19 AM

    I think he’s just pissed off that his Alma Mater boy, McElroy, is carrying a clipboard while we stand around waiting for the inevitable Sanchez/Tebow Experiment to fail. Alabama folks seem to have a proclivity for this type of thinking. Its like its OWED to them because they went to Alabama or something.

  31. geniusfan says: Nov 8, 2012 10:30 AM

    “The greatest player in the history of the New York Jets is once again ripping the current makeup of the Jets.”

    The fact that a quarterback who ended his career with more interceptions than touchdowns is considered by some to be the greatest player in Jets history tells you all you need to know about the somber, failure ridden history of the Jets.

  32. billhicks666 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    If Joe Namath is the greatest player in the history of the New York Jets, then the Jets have one sorry history. You do know that Broadway Joe had twice as many career interceptions as he had touchdown passes, don’t you, Michael David Smith? This guy has lived off the Super Bowl III victory his entire career – granted, it was a very important victory in the evolution of the league as we know it, but since when do guys who have such horrible career stats get into the Hall of Fame??

  33. nyjets1017 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:05 AM

    I think he’s just pissed off that his Alma Mater boy, McElroy, is carrying a clipboard while we stand around waiting for the inevitable Sanchez/Tebow Experiment to fail. Alabama folks seem to have a proclivity for this type of thinking. Its like its OWED to them because they went to Alabama or something.

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    He is prob. the best QB on the roster anyway. Joe is right though unless its for a headline Woody don’t care. Giants win superbowl we need Tebow.

  34. kev86 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    would he approve of a sanchez in pantyhose commercial? rex probably would.

  35. stew48 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:52 AM

    Back to all time best Jet. If I had half a menory, I would tell you they had a DE far better all-timer than Interception Joe.

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