It was Lamar Hunt who started the American Football League, and without his commitment and deep pockets, the NFL would never have had legitimate competition and would have remained a closed, old-boys club for many years.
“You do not put your quarterback in there in that situation, not the guy that is probably going to be your starter, behind a makeshift offensive line in a preseason game,” Namath said. “Come on. There was no rhyme or reasoning to that.”
One of the best arms in the world is under team control for at least the next five years. Enjoy it while it’s dominating the National League instead of worrying about details that have little to do with winning or losing baseball games.
Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, has died. He was 70.
The Tim Tebow saga has become so distorted that the contrasting commentary runs like watercolors all over his face. Tebow has somehow become the dual emblem of sports and idolatry, the good and the bad.
Namath hasn’t been shy in his criticism of the Jets. The Gang Green great doubled down on WFAN radio Thursday.
“Everyone on the team likes Mark personally, but there’s a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it’s time to give someone else a chance,” an unnamed player told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.
“No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” Namath said. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”
Sauer caught eight passes from Joe Namath in the Jets’ 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 Super Bowl.
Move over, Boomer. There’s a new No. 7 in town: Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
Without saying it, the Jets said it. They don’t plan to contend for years. And it will take a lot more than Tampa Bay’s first-round pick to fix it. And now, by the way, you also have a gaping hole at cornerback.
Lasorda, all sorts of fired up, was an in-studio guest on the “Boomer & Carton” show Thursday morning — and he was fantastic.
The decision to start Sanchez isn’t about Tebow, of course. It’s about the Jets, as always, and their penchant for punting all the goodwill and luster that they muster. And that’s because they do almost everything for the wrong reason every season.
Peter Schwartz knows exactly who should fill Fireman Ed’s shoes — himself.
Mark Sanchez can still win in the NFL. He just can’t win in New York. Sanchez has been set up to go down for two years.