Joe Namath Rips Jets. Questions Motives of Management
We knew the silence wouldn’t last forever…
Hall of Fame Quarterback Joe Namath, who’s never been shy about criticizing his former team, ripped the Jets today as reported by NFL.com.
“We seem to have regressed with talent,” Namath said on SNY’s “The Jets Blog Podcast” on Wednesday. “The last two years at least. The last three years. And I don’t know who’s picking the players we bring in. … We sign a guy today, an undrafted guard — or yesterday or whatever — it’s terrific. I’m disappointed in the talent we have and I think you gotta start looking at who’s doing the picking and why.”
“I don’t want to hear about ‘Can’t find talent,’ ” he said. “How do the other teams around the league — that are so consistent — continually find talent?”
“I think that the fans haven’t been given a fair shake. I don’t think they get a straight story, often enough, from the powers that be. I think it’s kind of condescending talk … in telling us how they’re developing and who they’re getting. I think it’s been disrespectful. We can go right to the (Tim) Tebow thing. I mean, come on. If you’re bringing him in to play, where’s he been? Are you bringing him (in) to make other people practice longer? Are you bringing him in, trying to get media headlines?”
“I think the focus has changed subtly,” Namath said. “It’s more toward grabbing headlines. And everything starts at the top. … I don’t think winning has been put at the top of the board. Winning headlines has replaced that.”
Joe Namath certainly didn’t mince words here, and he wasn’t shy about taking several shots at the Jets front office for their personnel decisions. With the Jets struggling at 3-5, yet never a stranger to headlines, I can see where he would question management’s motives.
The Jets shocked everyone and grabbed headlines when they signed Tim Tebow in the offseason with no clear plan with how they would use him. Now, midway through the offseason they still haven’t figured out how to effectively use the quarterback/running back/receiver/punt protector. This has caused confusion and a lack on continuity in the offense. It doesn’t seem like anyone in the Jets organization, from the top to the bottom, has a clear plan on how to win, and as long as the Jets continue to grab more headlines than wins without change or a clear plan, the motives of the organization will always be in question.