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Namath backs Sanchez, says Jets didn’t need to pick Geno

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It’s not that Joe Namath thinks Geno Smith’s a bad player.

He just thinks the Jets didn’t need to draft him in the second round.

No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” Namath said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”

There are many things about the Jets which could be described that way.

Namath blamed the recent poor play of quarterback Mark Sanchez to “distractions” — which I suppose, by extension, means they just added another. But Namath generally supported the incumbent starter, leaning on his early record as evidence he can play sufficiently well to start somewhere if not in New York.

“I am pulling for him,” Namath said of Sanchez. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish. . . .

“I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy [this year]. I believe you’ll see a different guy. Mark’s not a puppy anymore. He’s gone through some things, growing process. As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to. He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.”

Unless Sanchez can put the distractions behind him this year, he’s likely to get a chance to find that new address.

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45 Responses to “Namath backs Sanchez, says Jets didn’t need to pick Geno”
  1. Iknoweverything says: May 22, 2013 7:58 AM

    Ol Broadway Joe must be on the sauce again. Run Suzy, run!

  2. dietrich43 says: May 22, 2013 7:58 AM

    Did Joe fall off the wagon?

  3. cometkazie says: May 22, 2013 7:58 AM

    Keep coming back, Joe . . . .

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: May 22, 2013 8:04 AM

    Pretty sure people said those same things about Tim Tebow, and for now, the NFL has retired him.

  5. thegonz13 says: May 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    As a side note, Joe mumbled those words while drunk and attempting to kiss Suzy Kolber!

  6. rodge1 says: May 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    Maybe Sanchez will let Namath kiss him.

  7. MP says: May 22, 2013 8:07 AM

    Joe does have a point. The team has/had plenty of gaps to fill. The QB can’t block and catch the ball and try to pass at the same time. The entire team needed fixing… I guess that’s why there is a new GM. But Sanchez is getting $8mm this year, so we can’t really cry too hard for him.

  8. MichaelWrites says: May 22, 2013 8:10 AM

    Whoever kisses Suzy Kolber first wins.

  9. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 22, 2013 8:11 AM

    Senility is a tough thing to have to face.

  10. isthereanyusernamesleft says: May 22, 2013 8:12 AM

    Who cares!!!!!!! Please go away joe you made one guarantee other than that your career was not that good. Go get drunk and find Suzy kulbert

  11. lbijake says: May 22, 2013 8:17 AM

    An endorsement from Joe Willie, is a nail in the coffin. Just ask Suzie.

  12. skon300 says: May 22, 2013 8:17 AM

    He must be drunk again

  13. goraidersgospurs says: May 22, 2013 8:19 AM

    Maybe Mark poor play could be blame on Women & Drinks, Joe!!!

  14. floratiotime says: May 22, 2013 8:21 AM

    Then he babbled something about wanting to kiss the reporter. It was all very creepy.

  15. dg0122 says: May 22, 2013 8:21 AM

    Is he back on the sauce???

  16. voiceofsweetness says: May 22, 2013 8:22 AM

    Old broadway Joe is still hitting the bottle I see!

  17. garyhd01 says: May 22, 2013 8:23 AM

    very similar to Bradford of the rams, sanchez started out early pretty decent then regressed as the team around him failed miserably the biggest difference was the rams had amendola the jets had near nothing as their offensive line may have actually been as bad as any in the league they need to groom geno and they need to pay sanchez anyway so let him play in the fish bowl and support him for genos sake, too early into the fishbowl that is new York could wind up tearing him down.

  18. bobzilla1001 says: May 22, 2013 8:23 AM

    Calling football “a team game” is probably the reason Namath isn’t, nor ever has been, employed by quarterback-obsessed ESPN.
    I’ve gotta believe that Sanchez’s confidence is destroyed beyond restoration. ESPN saw that by its constant showing of Sanchez’s infamous collision and fumble.

  19. nyninerfan says: May 22, 2013 8:26 AM

    “He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.” “Now, back you business. Next round’s on me. Gimme a kiss”

  20. fwippel says: May 22, 2013 8:27 AM

    Namath backs Sanchez? No surprise. As bad as Sanchez has been, his career passer rating is still higher than Namath’s.

  21. legeisyaj says: May 22, 2013 8:28 AM

    Really?

  22. sampsonswag01 says: May 22, 2013 8:39 AM

    ….and also randomly yelled over his whisky breath “I want to kiss you, Mark Sanchez..not Gino Smith!”

  23. broncostevenp says: May 22, 2013 8:45 AM

    Why does this guy’s opinion still get put in the papers? He is, by far, the most overrated NFL player in the HOF. I know numbers don’t tell the entire story, but there are soooo many more deserving players that aren’t in the HOF than Namath. I wish he would just shut his mouth, and go away. I am sure there are many Jet fans that feel the same way….not to mention Rex Ryan.

  24. Patskrieg dot com says: May 22, 2013 9:01 AM

    I’ve enjoyed Namath’s nonstop criticism of the Ryan/Sanchez era Jets more than anyone. But the Jets drafted 3 offensive linemen.

  25. tvguy22 says: May 22, 2013 9:02 AM

    I have to say, I’m very happy the Jets picked him.

    Signed,

    Eagles fan

  26. dogman9 says: May 22, 2013 9:03 AM

    Oh, c’mon Joe even when Sanchez had time in the pocket he threw the ball to the wrong colored jersey…

    Gotta give Geno a shot.

  27. andrewsteindione says: May 22, 2013 9:08 AM

    God, what is with this guy? First he criticizes Sanchez up and down, implying they need better quarterback play, then when they go out and grab a new quarterback (albeit a questionable one, though one who does have a lot of upside, if he can adapt to the pro game) he suggests they didn’t need another quarterback.

    I am very glad to be a Bills fan (you heard me) and not a Jets fan. We have a bright future with young talent, and little drama.

    It’s time for Broadway Joe to go out and enjoy all things not related to football, and leave the Jets alone.

  28. kupdeville says: May 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    Of course Namath wood, being a marginal QB by stats himself. (173 TD’s, 220 INT’s 50% comp. lucky , very lucky to be a HOFer. Outside of having a super Super Bowl effort he would never have even com close to the HOF. I think his motivation perhaps is by comparison Sanchez vs Namath, he looks good.. Well almost good…

  29. expertop says: May 22, 2013 9:11 AM

    He’s going to play as long as wants to? I just don’t see where the faith in Sanchez’s ability comes from. The guy has proven to be uber-reliable at turning the ball over. That’s still a bad thing, right?

  30. jjrs89 says: May 22, 2013 9:12 AM

    Namath is the classic guy whose thought process with the game never progressed. The problem is, that since he played, the game has progressed incredibly.

    He probably thinks Sanchez is good because back in Namath’s day, a quarterback rating of 70 was top tier. Then again, I bet in his mind, Namath thinks it’s 1971 still.

  31. fintastic13 says: May 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    Joe,
    Have you started drinking again?
    Sincerely,
    Suzy Kolber

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 22, 2013 9:56 AM

    Joe you have got to start going to the AA meetings again..

  33. bazookajoe19 says: May 22, 2013 10:08 AM

    Since Joe is no longer playing nor is he a coach, his opinion is moot. Move along Joe – you’re not needed here.

  34. rlj2170 says: May 22, 2013 10:24 AM

    With two bad knees i doubt that Namath could ever make it through the 12 steps needed in the program

  35. rick1k6 says: May 22, 2013 10:26 AM

    Suzy Kolber wants an explanation.

  36. green41563 says: May 22, 2013 12:02 PM

    kupdeville says:
    May 22, 2013 9:10 AM
    Of course Namath wood, being a marginal QB by stats himself. (173 TD’s, 220 INT’s 50% comp. lucky , very lucky to be a HOFer.
    ___________________________________

    Please don’t compare statistics compiled in the 60s and 70s to today’s standards, especially when he played on so many terrible teams and with disastrous knees.

    Bobby Layne, HOF: 196 TD, 243 INT
    Norm Van Brocklin, HOF: 173 TD, 178 INT
    George Blanda, HOF: 236 TD, 277 INT
    Sammy Baugh, HOF: 187 TD, 203 INT
    Terry Bradhshaw, HOF: 212 TD, 210 INT

    The list goes on and on.

  37. sabatimus says: May 22, 2013 1:16 PM

    Since everyone’s already covered the drunk stuff, I’ll just say that supporting Sanchez is a pretty tall order…then again, Namath IS the most overrated HOFer of all time.

  38. larry321 says: May 22, 2013 1:47 PM

    Can we get another 15 drunk/Suzy Kolber comments? Each more insighful than the previous one.

  39. realfootballfan says: May 22, 2013 2:51 PM

    If this isn’t the biggest evidence that Namath is just being the contrarian in the room at this point, I don’t know what else you need to see.

  40. steelerben says: May 22, 2013 3:11 PM

    I find it difficult to stomach that he says that Sanchez led the team to the AFC Championship twice, but blames his failures on the team around him. You can’t just credit Sanchez for the team’s success, but blame the failures on it being a team game. Either the team got to the AFC Championship because the entire team was good enough to go or the team has struggled recently because Sanchez hasn’t been able to carry them.

    I’m going with the team was good enough to get there (despite Sanchez) and has declined due to a boneheaded GM, exposing Sanchez for what he is.

  41. ilikebjsongamedays says: May 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    Joe, being the mediocre QB he was, basically loves the idea of Sanchez being the only other QB to challenge his legacy for the time being. Although Geno Smith is not the answer to the Jets’ shortcomings, a competition at QB definitely could not hurt. And another thing, I am sick of QBs always being given the benefit of the doubt when their team has found themselves riding the Def into the playoffs and beyond. Sanchez had so much more to do with that team failing than he ever did with it succeeding. The dude gets tackled by friendly butt fire people. Only the ‘Benny Hill Show’ theme song could be paired with his highlight reels.

  42. khuxford says: May 22, 2013 8:54 PM

    Whatever the Jets do, Namath will take the counter position on so he gets coverage. He’s just feeding the machine.

  43. pisano says: May 23, 2013 12:38 AM

    Namath’s a drunk, hence his pick of Sanchez.

  44. badintent says: May 23, 2013 1:49 AM

    Joe’s ex-girlfriend Suzie Storm was a blonde bombshell model.Suzy Kobler couldn’t hold her jock. Joe like his women blonde, his whiskey young and his hair long.

  45. omniusprime says: May 23, 2013 8:59 AM

    I see there are a lot of drunken morons whining at the greatest quarterback in Jet’s history, and one of the greatest NFL QB’s ever, something no one will ever accuse Tiny Tim Teblow of being. It’s pretty obvious that these Namath hating morons were totally soused themselves when writing their pathetic drivel.

    The Jet’s woes weren’t all centered at the QB position, the whole team stunk. If the Jets are going to be great again they need to rebuild the whole team of sorry losers. Then again who cares what happens to teams from the Rotten Apple!

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