It is never a dull moment with former Jets quarterback great Joe Namath. On Tuesday, at United Way’s 20th Gridiron Gala at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, Namath, once again, had an opinion regarding a Jets move: “No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback. 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,” referring to the Jets’ second round draft pick Geno Smith.
Namath, who is not shy in airing his opinions on the Jets and on their quarterback situation, seems to disagree with the Jets draft of the West Virginia quarterback, adding that he’s going to “pull” for embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has struggled the past two seasons, but Namath thinks it’s because of the “distractions” surrounding the quarterback.
“I am pulling for him,” said Namath. “Well, pulling for him…I know what 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.”
Namath is usually all over the place when it comes to his opinions on the Jets franchise, but he’s pretty spot-on with this one. The Jets did a terrible job in surrounding their supposed franchise quarterback with weapons. We’ve seen how he was successful when the Jets had a ground game and some decent receivers, and an actual offensive coordinator, so it’s questionable why the Jets seemed to go out of their way to not keep any quality players, or system, that made Sanchez such a success in his first two seasons.
Either way, it seems that the Jets brass may be done with their former golden boy, and have moved on to new golden boy Geno Smith—that is, until they set him up for failure, too.