Jets Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath told ESPN Radio that he is concerned with Rex Ryan’s ability to prepare for the Jets’ opponents. “I think these guys might be believing that they’re better than they are,” Namath said on ESPN 1050’s ‘The Michael Kay Show.’ “Rex has been the only coach that we know, in maybe the history of the game that I’m familiar with, that keeps continually telling his guys how good they are,” he said according to Jorge Castillo of the New York Times. Namath added that the team has been “pretty good,” but that they haven’t won a championship yet. “I think they’ve got to remember that there’s room for improvement.”
Oh no he didn’t.
“Coach Rex Ryan, he’s been doing a great job, getting us to two conference championship games, but there’s one thing about the athlete: You keep telling him how good he is, he’s going to start believing it to the point that he may not be preparing quite the way he should,” Namath said. “He may be losing some respect for the other team.”
I have to admit, Namath’s comments put Rex Ryan, who typically doesn’t think before he speaks, in a tough spot.
“Joe Namath can come in here and if he can still throw, we’ll have him as a backup quarterback,” Ryan responded. “Even though he’s a Jet, and once you’re a Jet you’re always a Jet, he’s on the outside. He’s not in these meetings. I think if he was, he’d be shocked with our preparation.”
One thing is for certain, Rex Ryan does not want to kiss Joe Namath.