Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Here we go again fans. Well, maybe not “again”. Maybe the better way to describe would be to say “still”, because it doesn’t seem like it ever stops.
Joe Namath is the best player in Jets’ history, and will continue to be recognized as such until the Jets win another Super Bowl. He still may be recognized that way if the Jets win a big one. The point is, Joe Namath will always be revered in New York Jets history.
However, we also know that Joe likes to talk about his old team, and not always positively. OK not very often positively. That has continued this week, as Joe had new general manager John Idzik in his cross-hairs. Specifically, the handling of the Mike Goodson situation, and signing him in the first place.
In talking about the signing, Joe had this to say:
“I hope [Goodson] changes for the better, but if you check on people’s history, you might be a little more careful with who you’re bringing in,” Namath said in a phone interview. “I’m just saying, you have to be smart,” he said. “You have to use your mind out on the football field. I mean, there is a mental side of the game that you have to be responsible for and own up to. It’s the same way with life. If you’re not showing that kind of responsibility reasonably consistently, you’re lucky if you can get a job.”
This comes after the report surfaced that detailed all of Mike Goodson’s previous legal troubles, which included a five-figure unpaid jewelry bill, three paternity/child support cases, two eviction notices, and unpaid car payments.
Namath, upon being reminded that Goodson received a signing bonus of one million dollars, joked that maybe he is related to Goodson.
Stay classy on that one Joe.
Namath also expressed his disappointment in the fact that John Idzik has had nothing to say on the matter in public:
“The fans are crying out, we want to know,” said Namath, adding, “It should be a two-way street. You expect the players to answer every question they get, but what about the people that are running the show? Shouldn’t they have to answer to the fans, too, and let us know something reasonable?”
Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that Mike Goodson is no saint. He clearly has a checkered past, and the argument against bringing him in here is obvious. But the fact is, he is here. I know Joe Namath is paid to give his opinions during these interviews, but, there is something to be said about loyalty.
The Jets are an organization that has done nothing but put Joe Namath to the forefront. Whether or not he was having drunken implosions with Suzy Kolber, the Jets have been there for him. Maybe it’s time for him to lighten up and show a little bit of loyalty to the team that always had his back.
Otherwise, maybe Joe Namath should go away for a while.