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Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Posted on: September 18, 2010 10:12 am
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Posted by Will Brinson

On Friday, Joe Namath hosted the first edition of "Broadway Blitz," his own show on Sirius NFL radio. We wrote about said show on Thursday , and said "there's almost a near guarantee that we'll be discussing his comments here at some point in the next few weeks."

In hindsight, we were wrong. CLEARLY, it wasn't going to take that long for Namath to say something on the air that gets everyone all rabble-rabbled up. In fact, on Friday, the former Jets quarterback dropped this little ditty, via Pro Football Talk , when Adam Schein asked him if "Hard Knocks" was a mistake:

"I think so," Namath said. "I think it is for any team that's going to work to do their best to get to be their best. It's what we call 'distractions.' You're going to spend more time away from thinking about your position, your job, and the details of it when you've got other things going on around you that you're partaking in. It has to be a distraction and you can't have spent as much time on your mental preparation and homework as you would have without the distractions. So, yeah, I don't think it was a positive."

He also went on to discuss Mark Sanchez ("the only flaw is his age and experience at this point" -- hrrrrrrrrrrrrm) and the Patriots, who he called a "stronger team," before declining to actually confirm that the Pats defense was better this year.

All-in-all, Namath's review of his boys was significantly less enthusiastic than a Jets fan would probably want -- then again, if there's been anyone praising the Jets this week following that Monday Night stink-bomb against the Ravens, we'd love to meet them.

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Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

I'm guessing you're referring to my post.  What confuses you and what mistakes are you referring to?  It's pretty simple.  In Namath's era, the game was completely different.  QBs did not pass 50 times per game and defenses were allowed to actually hit them.  Despite that fact, he became the first QB to ever throw for 4,000 yards in a season in 1967.  Back in 1967, they played 14 regular season games.  The next QB to ever throw for 4,000 yards in a season was Dan Fouts, 12 years later in 1979.  At that point, the NFL had 16 regular season games.  That makes Namath the only QB in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a 14 game season.  He was in fact named to the Hall of Fame and the top 100 NFL players of all time by The Sporting News.  It's also a fact that if you look at stats, the career numbers of any Hall of Famer from that era would look similar to the stats of the most mediocre QBs today.  
Ex: Steve Beuerlein  24,046 yards/147 TDs (Mediocre QB in this era)
      Bart Starr          24,718 yards/152 TDs (Hall of Famer as are the next 3)      Joe Namath       27,663 yards/173 TDs      Bob Griese       25,092 yards/192 TDs      Roger Staubach 22,700 yards/153 TDs
Make sense now?  You can research everything too.  No mistakes.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:59 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Whatever you think of Joe Willie, the Jets are still trying to find a replacement for him 30some years later.The more controversial he is , the better his show will do. He will do fine.



Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:43 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Well stated, I couldn't agree more.  If the Jets are going to get serious about winning another SB they have to put-up and shut -up.  This trashing talking isn't going to work much longer...

Its going to get really old really quick if they don't start winning.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:32 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Everyone has there own opinions, and Broadway Joe made his i respect him as a former football player and as a man, He made a mistake on National TV and apologized, as far as This Hard Knocks show i never watched it as i'm a Patriot fan, Please don't knock someone for there opinions we live in a free world with freedom of speech. And by the way Joe made a guarantee and backed it up, J-E-T-S fans  should be proud of the accomplishment he made for the orginization back many years ago. Bottom line i wont come on here and make negative responses for he said, he wants more than any Jets fans to see them exceede and also he loves his team as all of Jets fans do.



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: September 19, 2010 10:15 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Forget radio, the way that Sanchez is playing, the Jets should be asking Broadway Joe to play QB for them
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Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:57 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

Are you people really that stupid?  Measuring Namath only by his numbers is something an 8 year old would do.  Plain & simple - Namath is a legend and deserves to be.  He was a multiple MVP, a probowler at least 6 times and simply the 1 guy any head coach would pick to win a game back in the 60s & 70s, whether college or pro ball.  He, more than any other person, is responsible for the AFL even existing today.  Had the Jets been embarrassed by the Colts in SBIII as EVERYONE expected, the AFL would have fizzled into non-existence.  Namath played for piss poor teams and won games with little or no help.  People marvel at Curt Schilling's "bloody sock".  Namath had his knees drained of fluid at halftime in more games than I can count just so he could bend them and play in the second half.  He is a man's man.  A warrior's warrior.  Kolber should have immediately gotten on her knees & swallowed whatever Joe would give her.  It would have been the best thing ever to happen to her.




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 19, 2010 9:47 am
 

Joe Namath says 'Hard Knocks' was a mistake

I don't disagree that NFL teams hang on to some of the old farts too long as ambassadors (Jim Brown needed to go in Cleveland, Terry Bradshaw talks too much, the list goes on...).  Generally speaking, we are talking about jocks and the great majority have met their "worth" from an NFL team's perspective when they've hung up the cleats for good.  Move 'em on!

However, what Namath said was not off base at all.  Two statements from the story stand out...

* CLEARLY, it wasn't going to take that long for Namath to say something on the air that gets everyone all rabble-rabbled up.
* All-in-all, Namath's review of his boys was significantly less enthusiastic than a Jets fan would probably want...


This has nothing to do with the accuracy of Namath's comments.  He was right.  What good is hearing from him what Jets' fans want to hear?  If this is causing everyone to get "rabble-rabbled up" (whateve that is), then it's the fans' expectations that need adjusting. 

The bright spot that comes with NYC only got brighter through that documentary and with that spot light comes a more clear view of the imperfections... an average NYJ team last year remains average at best this year.



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