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Joe Namath gets honest on WFAN

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath before a

New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath before a game in 1970. Credit: AP

Joe Namath has never shied away from criticizing the Jets, and he was at it again Thursday morning.

“You got to be honest, I want to be honest,” Namath said on WFAN's Boomer & Carton show Thursday morning. “I think they’ve been deceptive and I think they haven’t been [honest] with explaining to us, the fans and the people why they’ve done some things and where they’re going — continually telling us how good they are.”

The former Jets quarterback also said that he rarely speaks to Jets general manager John Idzik and that his relationship with owner Woody Johnson has been “uncomfortable” as of late because of all the criticism he has given the front office.

“I have not been on good terms with Mr. Johnson for the last couple of years,” Namath said.

Namath said that the front office has misled the fans and has made bad decisions on personnel recently, specifically citing the decision to bring Tim Tebow into the organization before the 2012 season.

These comments come on the heel of his criticism of the Jets for taking quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of last month’s NFL draft, which he discussed last week in an appearance at the 20th annual Gridiron Gala hosted by United Way of New York City.

Speaking to the media, Namath publicly supported Mark Sanchez and maintained that the Jets had positions that needed upgrading and that quarterback was not one of them.

“As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants,” Namath said. “He’s that good. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll be in the NFL.”
During his appearance on WFAN, Namath also touched on his dislike of personal seat licenses — calling it “unfair” — and his support of Jets coach Rex Ryan.

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