Aug 2, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Joe Namath at the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Gold Jacket Dinner at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Namath Admits Relationship with New York Jets is "Awkward"

Joe Namath will live in the hearts of New York Jets’ fans forever, or at least until they win another Super Bowl. He guaranteed it, and made good on his guarantee, 44 years ago, delivering the Jets their only championship in the history of the franchise.

Jets’ fans will be forever in his debt, thanks to that one game. However, the ride with Joe Namath hasn’t been so great since, especially over the last few seasons.

We have all speculated that his relationship with the Jets isn’t so good. On Rich Eisen’s podcast, Joe confirmed as much:

“Clumsy, awkward. Expressing myself and giving my opinions … none of us when we’re in position to be critiqued, if it’s not good we don’t like to hear it,” he said. “And I know it’s been uncomfortable for the Jets, Mr. (Woody) Johnson, Rex or whatever. It’s uncomfortable for me, it has been for me since I’ve been around and noticed a subtle change in our relationships.”

One of the major topics of the day was, what else? Should Mark Sanchez have been in the football game Saturday night in the fourth quarter?

“I wish (Ryan) would just say it was wrong — ‘I made a mistake,’ ” he said in that unmistakable Namathian drawl. “But instead he was talking about the competitive feelings of wanting to win. That’s just beating around the bush. My man made a mistake, Rich! “You do not put your quarterback in there in that situation, not the guy that is probably going to be your starter behind a makeshift offensive line in a preseason game,” Namath added. “Come on. There was no rhyme or reasoning to that.”

I don’t necessarily disagree with Joe on the issue, as we know. Personally, I think Rex should have had the forethought to “flip the script” and go another direction. But that isn’t the point here.

Joe has been critical for a few years now. He really has nothing nice to say about the team. I understand that he is asked his opinions, so he is going to give them. But, should he really be surprised that the relationship is awkward? After being criticized for a long time, over and over again, relationships are going to turn awkward.

Sorry Joe.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Joe should have more loyalty to the Jets. Curtis Martin displayed that loyalty when he stood up and said that Rex was a good coach. I think Joe has turned into a media whore who has no loyalty but to himself.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree, and it is not good the way he trashes the team the whole time.

  • matr dontelli iii

    You cant get reps without risking injury. period. I stand by what I said earlier. Brick and mangold are more important to the team than Sanchez. If sanchez goes down theyll turn to some other capable fumbler, be it smith, Simms, mcelroy, whomever. who the hell is gonna snap the ball if mangold gets hurt protecting sanchez? riddle me that, batman! when that question is answered we can have a discussion, until then this is all just second guessing and bad second guessing at that. If Sanchez needed reps before week one and mangold and brick did not then they did not belong in the game. Until that point is countered we should discuss the weather. Truth, justice and The american way!

    • TheJetPress

      Not unfair Matr…..Hopefully one of these guys that is staying around can play center.

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  • Joe Willie

    No one loves Joe more then I do however since he got that job with ESPN radio he seems much more negative -prodded mostly by the ESPN jackals.
    The media has changed the last 10-15 years -whether its general news, political or sports, insinuations -exaggeration for effect or out in out lies has become the norm. Case in point -Rex stated in the 1st preseason game vs the Lions that he missed the int for a TD thrown by Sanchez because he was going over the defense—now we hear Rex never watches the offense or cares what goes on on the offensive side of the ball? Blogger/ sport writers write negative, sensationalized stores and cite bogus unnamed sources as fact?
    99% of NFL non game stories (TV, internet newspapers) are uncited community college, English 101- Bull Crapola—wake up people!

    • TheJetPress

      don’t disagree…hope that means we are an exception to the rule since you stay with us

      • Joe Willie

        Alan you dont make BS up, you just report on it–lol–you put it up for discussion that’s what this website is all about. And when you do give an opinion you declare it as that. I just hope most Jet fans can read, view and think with a critical mind.