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Joe Namath: Johnny Manziel has ‘got to live his life, man’

Joe-Namath-Rips-Jets-for-Draft-MiscuesJohnny Manziel was one of the most heavily scrutinized college football players of all time, and the criticism has carried over into the start of his NFL career. Manziel has been partying it up in Las Vegas in between workouts, which has given some the impression that he is not taking his career seriously. Not surprisingly, Joe Namath thinks people need to lay off.

During an interview with NFL Network on Monday, Broadway Joe took a stand against all the Johnny Football haters.

“What difference does it make?” Namath said when asked about Manziel’s party-filled lifestyle, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “Really? And it is an example of the different eras and time. I do know this about Johnny Manziel, I haven’t seen anyone perform any better than Johnny the last two seasons on that football field. And I do know that we love entertainment.

“Football is a sport but it is showbiz. It is entertainment. And Johnny, he’s got to live his life, man. You know, give him some room.”

One of Manziel’s teammates even admitted earlier this month that all the attention Manziel receives can be annoying. The former Texas A&M star wouldn’t get a lot of that attention if he stayed home instead of raging in Vegas, but he’s an adult who can make his own decisions.

Namath, who said he would “love” Manziel on his team, knows a thing or too about having a good time. He admitted that things may have gone different for him in the 1960s and 70s if cell phone cameras existed.

“I would have had to adjust,” Namath said.

Manziel isn’t going to change. If he’s successful at the NFL level, people will lay off a bit. If he struggles during his first season with the Browns, critics of his personal life will get louder and louder.

Also see: Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Joe Namath: Michael Vick is better than Geno Smith

Michael VickVery few people would be surprised if Michael Vick wins the starting quarterback job over Geno Smith for the New York Jets. Vick is a veteran who has trouble protecting the football, but he has won games in the NFL and played under Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during his entire tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles. Most importantly, Vick has Joe Namath’s endorsement.

“If Mike’s healthy I think he’s the better player at this point,” Namath said Tuesday, via Seth Walder of the NY Daily News. “Geno’s got some talent no doubt, but we’ve already seen Michael and what he can do. And having some knowledge of Marty (Mornhinweg’s) offense, I think that’s an advantage too for Michael to make the transition.”

Let’s not understate what Smith did as a rookie last season. He started all 16 games for the Jets with a very limited supporting cast, and he still somehow led the team to an 8-8 record. Granted, he threw just 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions, but life as a rookie in the NFL can be incredibly humbling. Plenty have fared worse than Smith.

“Of course, the coaches are going to decide who’s out there,” Namath added. “But boy, I don’t know any football fan that’s been around for the last nine or 10 years that doesn’t think Michael could be outstanding and is probably the best player at this time.”

Jets fans are likely more excited about Vick than they are Smith. Eagles fans felt the same way when their team brought Vick in, but that honeymoon ended in a hurry. Personally, I don’t feel that either quarterback is going to make the Jets a contender in the AFC. But at the moment, Vick’s ceiling is probably slightly higher.

Keep in mind that Namath said last year that the Jets didn’t need to draft Smith. He has always been critical of the team since Rex Ryan came aboard, and I’m sure Rex is tired of hearing it.

Joe Namath kills it with fur coat at Super Bowl

Joe Namath coat

Joe Namath was at the Super Bowl to do the coin toss before the game, and the guy was just killing it with his fur coat. Look at him, 70 years old and still stylin’ and profilin’ like a boss. All he was missing was a couple of honeys on his arms.

Oh wait …

Of course Namath couldn’t have the coin toss go down smoothly. He tossed the coin too early and the referee had to catch his toss. Hey, Joe, it’s usually customary to have a team call the coin toss before you throw it.

Oh, and Broadway Joe, what animal is that, elk?

Also see: Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Joe Namath had 300 sexual partners at Alabama, was nicknamed n—er

Joe Namath

Joe Namath was known for being a ladies’ man throughout his playing career, but he had nothing on Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to scoring.

Deadspin dug up an old interview Broadway Joe did with Playboy in Dec. 1969, and it is fantastic. The interview delves into the workings of Namath’s New York nightclub Bachelor III and its potential mafia ties, Namath’s days in college, his time in the pros, and sex. There’s a lot of talk about sex.

Reading through the interview, Namath’s classic confidence shines through, as does his knowledge of football. You can really understand what made him so successful as a quarterback.

There are a ton of great nuggets in the interview that would make for great blog posts. For instance, Namath was a great baseball player and said he wanted to turn pro and “take the money and run,” but his family wanted him to go to college instead. He says he didn’t consider Notre Dame for college because they didn’t have any girls on campus. He ended up at Alabama because he didn’t qualify academically for Maryland, so former Terps coach Tom Nugent passed him along to Bear Bryant. If you have time, you should really read the whole thing.

But let’s get into the really juicy stuff.

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Joe Namath rips Jets for misleading fans, saying team is good

Joe-Namath-Mark-Sanchez-sensationalJoe Namath has blasted the New York Jets for various reasons over the past several years. It’s unclear if Broadway Joe is just attempting to remain in the spotlight or legitimately hates the way the current ownership group is running the team, but he feels the need to be heard. On Thursday, Namath took aim at the Jets once again and criticized them for misleading the fans.

“The team’s declined while we fans are being told how good they are constantly, how this new player’s so good,” he told our friends Boomer and Carton on WFAN in New York. “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.”

As Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio pointed out, the Jets’ brass doesn’t really have a choice when it comes to hyping up the team. No team is going to come out and admit that it expects the product to be disappointing this year, otherwise they would have an incredibly tough time selling tickets.

Namath also acknowledged that his relationship with the team has gotten to the point where it’s “uncomfortable,” noting that he and owner Woody Johnson have not been on good terms for a few years.

“I wouldn’t say bad terms, you know?” Namath explained. “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 basically criticizes everything the Jets do, the most recent example of which came when he blasted them for their approach in the draft last month. Aside from Mark Sanchez, who Namath supports unconditionally for whatever reason, there are few people within the organization he has been pleased with. As a fan, you can’t really blame him. As someone who is a Jets icon, it’s getting to the point where I wish Namath would just go away.

Joe Namath: Jets did not need to draft Geno Smith

Geno SmithJoe Namath is one of very few Mark Sanchez supporters left in the country that are not related to the former USC star, which is surprising considering how critical the Hall of Famer has been of the New York Jets over the past several years. For whatever reason, Namath thinks Sanchez is capable of getting it done.

Geno Smith was expected by many — especially himself — to be the first quarterback selected in the 2013 draft. For that reason, the Jets thought he presented tremendous value at No. 39 overall. Not surprisingly, Namath thinks it was a wasted pick.

“No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” he said Tuesday according to the NY Daily News. “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.”

Namath is not the only one who feels that way, but at the same time there are not many people in Jets nation who feel comfortable with Sanchez as their quarterback. Broadway Joe praised Smith for being a “sensational athlete,” but he made it clear he is still high on Sanchez.

“I am pulling for (Sanchez),” he said. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.

“I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy.”

Perhaps Namath knows something we don’t. Or maybe Sanchez’s new high-profile quarterback coach has done more for him than we could ever imagine. We know one Pro Bowl receiver isn’t buying it, and neither am I.

That being said, I’m not all that high on Smith at the moment either. Regardless of who the Jets starter is at the end of training camp, their defense will likely have to be closer to the caliber it was when they reached back-to-back AFC championship games if they want to contend.

Joe Namath rips Jets again: ‘They seem more interested in headlines than winning’

Joe Namath has tried to be nice to the Jets. But like an ex-girlfriend who just never seems to get over a mutual breakup, he just can’t pull it off. Namath has flip-flopped on his stance regarding the Jets so many times over the past year that it would be fair to wonder if he’s starting to get senile. During an interview with Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio Wednesday, he was back to ripping his former team.

“I’m concerned with how the Jets are trying to build a team and win a championship,” Namath said according to Schein’s Twitter account. “They seem more interested in the headlines.”

That stance is consistent with the way Namath reacted after the Jets traded for Tim Tebow, calling it a “tremendous distraction” that the team would regret. This is also the same Broadway Joe who recently had nothing but good things to say about Mark Sanchez, but now he is questioning whether or not New York’s offense can succeed.

“The only reason to run the wild cat is if your offense isn’t working,” Namath said.

I think it’s pretty obvious that the Jets offense wasn’t working last season, as evidenced by the signing of Tony Sparano and the Tebow trade. Obviously they are looking to shake it up, and Namath is not alone in thinking the Jets will struggle. Broadway Joe also went on to say that he thinks the defense is good enough for New York to win nine or 10 games, so that must have been the Namath that feels horrible about his relationship with the team talking.

There’s plenty of truth to everything Namath said. Jets fans are just tired of hearing it from him.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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