Joe Namath’s ‘Outside’ Criticism Irks Jets’ Rex Ryan

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Rex Ryan isn’t too pleased with Broadway Joe’s opinion that the Jets coach is making his team overconfident.

“I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something,” Ryan said Monday.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said in an interview that “it’s rather alarming” Ryan allows his players to think “they’re better than they are.” While he acknowledged that Ryan is doing “a great job” and cited the consecutive trips to the AFC championship game, he added that if the coach keeps telling his players how good they are, they might not prepare correctly.

And it’s that type of approach, Namath said on Monday, that leads to letdowns such as the one the Jets had in Oakland.

“I welcome him to come out here and watch our guys prepare,” a miffed Ryan said. “He’d see a team that, in my opinion, prepares as well as any team I’ve been around. I disagree with him.”

The brash Ryan insists he’s still confident in his team, and always believes the Jets will win every game they play.

“Namath can come in here, and if he can still throw, we’ll have him as a backup quarterback. But you know what? He doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside,” said Ryan. “Even though he’s a Jet, and once you’re a Jet, you’re always a Jet, but he’s on the outside.”

Ryan said Namath, who led the franchise to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, would be “shocked” at how his team prepares.

“He’s not in these meetings,” said Ryan.

Do you side with Rex or Broadway Joe? Fire away in the comments below…

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  • G Man

    I like how Adam speaks for all Jet fans. Joe gave the Jets their only true glory. Adam apparently gives the Jets a taste of how stupid some of their snot-nosed younger fans are. Hey, Adam, there was world before your sorry butt dropped in and, you know what, lots of people who forgot more about football than you will ever know realized long ago that Joe was the best thing that ever happened to the Jets. Go play with your toys.

    • GMan

      Sorry, Adam. I meant Frank….

  • Jim Golden

    I find nothing wrong with Rex’s comments. It’s his style, what should he tell them?

    • Rocky

      Simple, how about keeping his big mouth shut. Like Ralph Kramden used to say
      “You know what my problem is Alice?” “I HAVE A BIIIIIG MOUTH!!!!”

      It’s like that mother who has an ugly kid, she knows it and her family knows it. Everybody knows the kid is ugly, but the kid.

      But in order not to hurt her kid’s feelings she lies and tells him he’s the most beautiful kid in the neighborhood.

      Same with Ryan, he knows he does not have the best team, he knows he does not have the best defense or quarterback, so he lies & the Jets players believe it.

      The Jets fans believe it as well.

      Hell, I believe the Jets fans believe the Jets won the Super Bowl in ’09 & ’10, because Ryan said the Jets were going to win it.

  • Frank Hunt

    Have another drink Joe..nobody respects you anymore, especially Jet fans

    • robert

      Namath was a gentleman and never resorted to vulgarities like Ryan.

    • Adam

      you have no repect for the man who gave the Jets their ONLY Super Bowl title . You must be 35 yrs old with a mind of a 5 year old.

      So speak for yourself.

      • booyakasha!

        Agreed Adam… Frank most likely is a younger fan who doesnt understand the history of the NFL and what that game and Joe did for this league. Frank you can go over and thank broadway Joe for giving you the game you watch today…

  • Taylor

    One thing you have to say about Joe, so far he’s the only one who got it right in saying the Jets were going to win the Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Jets fans, that was way back in ’69 when most Jets fans were not around to see it.

    • Jets Fan

      You got it right. Namath was able to produce when he made a statement.

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