FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets guard Matt Slauson was born 17 years after Joe Namath led the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III. That could go a long way toward explaining why he doesn't give a lot of weight to what the 68-year-old former quarterback has to say about the Jets' offensive line or anyone else on the current team.
"We don't care one bit about what Joe Namath has to say," Slauson said Monday. "He means nothing to us."
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For the second straight Monday, Namath pointed fingers at members of the Jets after an ugly loss. Last week, he was critical of the way coach Rex Ryan prepares his team. This week, after the team's 34-17 loss in Baltimore, Namath spared Ryan but ripped the performance of the offensive line and the attitude of wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
Namath said that Holmes, who criticized the offensive line and Mark Sanchez after the loss, was dividing the locker room.
"It was a mistake, it surely was, for Holmes, as a captain, to go outside to the media and start pointing fingers," Namath said on ESPN 1050's "The Michael Kay Show" Monday. "I mean, he's right about the ball getting out late to him, and he's right about the offensive line, but that can create a problem in the locker room . . . That divisiveness can bury a team. They've got to correct that right away."
Holmes was not available for comment, but Slauson said he had no problem with what Holmes said. "I don't think he was calling us out maliciously at all," Slauson said. "Because it is true. If we don't do our job, no matter how good Mark is or the receivers are, they aren't going to be able to do anything."
Sanchez was pressured into three lost fumbles and an interception, with three of the turnovers returned for touchdowns. He was sacked twice and hit 10 times. Ryan said no one would have been able to get off throws with the way the Ravens were coming at Sanchez. "Joe Montana could be the quarterback, maybe not Joe Namath, but Joe Montana could be the quarterback and not get throws off," he said. "There's nobody under that kind of pressure who would not have had a rough day."
Namath was highly critical of the Jets' decision to put Vladimir Ducasse at left guard and move Slauson to center. He also ripped the Jets' personnel department for using a second-round pick on Ducasse.
"I'm not sure what's going on there," Namath said. "We picked some poor players and we're not owning up to it. That's what it amounts to."