As far as all-time great quarterbacks for the New York Jets, there are few, if any, that are more revered than Hall of Fame signal-caller Joe Namath. After all, this is the same man who led the Jets to their one and only Super Bowl win back in 1969.
This is exactly why the New York faithful put a lot of stock in what this man has to say. Well, the 80-year-old recently shared his unfiltered view on quarterback Zach Wilson. Namath did not pull his punches. Not one bit.
New York Jets Legend Joe Namath Goes Scorched Earth on Zach Wilson
Much like most, if not all Jets fans, Namath watched Wilson’s performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday in complete agony. In a recent interview on ESPN New York Radio’s The Michael Kay Show, the legendary QB got brutally honest in his assessment of Wilson’s outing in their 15-10 loss against New England:
“I didn’t take anything positive out of it. It was awful,” Namath said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.
If you thought that was bad, wait for what else he had to say about New York’s replacement for the injured Aaron Rodgers.
One play, in particular, caught Namath’s attention. At one point in the game, Wilson took a sack without even getting hit. Simply put, Namath was incensed by what he saw:
“You sit down? You sit down on a play? You go right down? What happened?” Namath said, incredulously. “I thought you’re trying to win and make plays. You quit on a play? What is going on? It’s disgusting.”
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If you ask the five-time Pro Bowler, he paints a pretty clear picture of what he would do if he were in the Jets front office:
“I wouldn’t keep him. I’ve seen enough of Zach Wilson,” Namath said.
Joe Namath Takes Aim at Robert Salah, Joe Douglas
Speaking of the Jets brass, Namath also had a thing or two to say about them. In the retired quarterback’s mind, both head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas just aren’t getting the job done:
“These guys aren’t picking the right players. They aren’t doing a good job of coaching. It’s evident. I mean, you’ve got to look and see. If you have an eye for football at all you see things are haywire. It’s too crazy. They need to fix it and that’s getting rid of a lot of people and bringing new ones in.”
As much as he is an iconic figure for the organization, at the end of the day, Joe Namath is still a fan of the team. He has been for many years, and by his own admission, this is the lowest point he’s reached as a supporter.
“They need to make major changes, from top to bottom,” he said.