Most fans have been saying this same exact thing for quite some time. However, most fans do not have the same clout with the New York Jets that Joe Namath enjoys.
As the only quarterback to ever lead the franchise to a Super Bowl victory, when Namath speaks his mind regarding the Jets, people listen. Recently, Broadway Joe has had nothing good to say.
During a Thursday visit with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN, Namath accused the franchise of being “deceptive” and having “misled” fans regarding the talent level on the team.
“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” Namath said. “They haven’t played up to how they’ve been touted. And so I think they’ve misled the fans more or less. They’ve made some bad decisions on personnel the last couple of years.”
After opening a massive, sparkling new stadium to be shared with the Giants, the G-Men have won a title while the Jets have flailed and missed time and again.
The organization’s decisions to bring in Tim Tebow, to sign Santonio Holmes to an extension, to trade Darrelle Revis, to drafting Sheldon Richardson have all been met with raised eyebrows by Namath and a large portion of the New York fanbase.
Most of those fans would love to tell Johnson how such moves have made them feel. However, Namath admits that his views have frosted the relationship between he and his beloved franchise, and specifically with Johnson.
“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath said. “Uncomfortable. Because I was saying earlier, you don’t like to hear negative things, negative vibes, and Woody I’m sure doesn’t like the criticism. I mean, when we’ve brushed shoulders in the past it hasn’t been the same as it was originally. We don’t talk — ‘Hi, how are ya?’”
Namath will always — always — be known as the brash young star who first predicted a Super Bowl III victory over Baltimore and then went out onto the football field and backed up his words with a title-winning performance.
If the Jets don’t shape up, what will Woody Johnson be remembered for in terms of his NFL legacy?