Joe Namath criticizes Jets for hiring Tony Sparano

Some drunk old QB with more INT than TD thinks the Jets shouldn't have hired Tony Sparano

1/13/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

If not for a brash, drunken prediction before Super Bowl III, we probably wouldn't even know who Joe Namath is today. His name would be stuck somewhere between guys like Brian Sipe and Jim Hart on the list of people we've never heard of.

Unfortunately, Namath had a big mouth, and the Colts crapped the bed in that game, so here we are, listening to Namath pontificate on every single move that the New York Jets make, as if his opinion is worth any more than the next alcoholic on the street corner.

His latest, via ESPN
"I've watched Tony work down here with the Dolphins and I thought he carried himself very well through all the adversity and all, but other than having called some plays with the Dallas Cowboys, I don't know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator."

You're right, Joe. You don't know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator. And apparently you don't have internet access or know how to do a simple Google search, or you would have figured it out pretty quick.

Sparano has served as an offensive coach in some capacity since 1984, when he became the offensive line coach for the University of New Haven. Over the years, he worked his way up the ladder and worked for NFL teams like the Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Cowboys and then the Dolphins, where he was the head coach.

Sparano's qualifications as an offensive coordinator are pretty obvious. More importantly, his qualifications as a leader instantly put him on the top of the heap in the Jets locker room.

As we've already seen, it's a locker room full of loud-mouthed underachievers, particularly on the offense. And last year, Brian Schottenheimer was arguably the worst play-caller in the NFL. The Jets offense was embarrassingly bad, and its ineptitude directly led to several losses, each of which cost the Jets a chance in the playoffs. Namath's a big Schotty fan, though.

"He's not a bad offensive coordinator by any stretch. Did anyone comment on the failure of (defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine after having his defense really go backward this year as opposed to the last two years?"

No, no one commented on Pettine. But that's because the defense was one of the best in the league the prior two years, and people generally attribute that to head coach Rex Ryan anyway. The offense, on the other hand, has NEVER been among the best in the league, despite plenty of talent to work with. Additionally, Mark Sanchez's development (or lack thereof) has been painful to watch. I guess Namath didn't really notice or care about that, because Sanchez is already better than Namath was, even in his prime.

I know it was a different era, but let's just take a look at Mr. Namath's career:
173 TD, 220 INT, 50% completion percentage, 65.5 QB rating, only TWO seasons out of 13 with more TD than INT.
For anyone who might try to say he's a winner, his teams went 62-63-4 with him as the starting QB.
Aside from the year the Jets won the Super Bowl, he only made the playoffs 1 other time in his career. He threw 3 INT, and the Jets lost.

Take a seat, Broadway Joe. Your 15 minutes were up before they ever began.
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1/14/12   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 I need to add one thing to your story Pat:

"If not for a brash, drunken prediction before Super Bowl III" ...from a New York quarterback

Had Oakland made the Super Bowl that year and Darryl Lamonica made that same prediction and won, then he'd certainly be a legend, but would never have been elevated to god status like the fawning New York media did for Namath...