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Joe Namath critical of Jets' front office

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath is introduced to announce the induction of Leon Hess into the New Jersey Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J. Photo Credit: AP, 2011

Jets Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, a frequent critic of his former team, accused the Jets of misleading fans over their plans involving Wildcat quarterback Tim Tebow, who has been only a bit player so far this season.

In a podcast on the SportsNet New York website posted yesterday, Namath said the "fans haven't been given a fair shake. I don't think they get a straight story, often enough, from the powers that be. I think it's kind of condescending talk a bunch of times, telling us how they're developing and who they're getting. I think it's been disrespectful. We can go right to the Tebow thing. I mean, come on. If you're bringing him in to play, where's he been? Are you bringing him in to make other people practice longer? Excuse me. Are you bringing him in, trying to get media headlines?"

Tebow has played only 55 snaps on offense and the Wildcat has been unimpressive.

Namath said he believes the Jets have become more interested in selling personal seat licenses for MetLife Stadium and have placed a much greater emphasis on publicity, often at the expense of the on-field product.

"I think the focus is changed, subtly," Namath said. "It's more toward grabbing headlines, and everything starts at the top. And you can go back to when the seat licenses were initiated, how we started conducting things. I don't think winning has been put at the top of the board. Winning headlines has replaced that."

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