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Broadway Joe Blames Ryan For Ruining Jets

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Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath appear on stage during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.
Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath appear on stage during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images.

"Broadway" Joe Namath has publicly said he blames Jets head coach Rex Ryan's player-friendly approach for the team’s struggles.

Two years ago, the Jets advanced to the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since then, the Jets have finished with eight and six wins in the past two seasons.

Namath led the Jets to the franchise’s only Super Bowl win, Super Bowl III in 1968. He told Rich Cimini from ESPNNewYork.com why he thinks Ryan is to blame.

“The first two seasons, you win. Hey, OK,” Namath said. “In the meantime, those teams were inherited to some extent. The psyche of the team got in a place where they’re spending more time thinking about what they've done rather than what they're doing and what they're going to do.”

Namath does have a point there because of Ryan’s comments prior to the start of last season, according to Seth Walder from the New York Daily News.

“Overall, in my opinion, I think this has a chance to be the best team that I’ve had since I’ve been the coach here (2009),” Ryan said.

Ryan could counter Namath’s statements by saying injuries were the reason why his team underperformed last year. Last season, notable Jets such as Dustin Keller, Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis were some of the key players who were hurt.

Ryan has been supportive of Mark Sanchez since the team drafted him with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. Despite Sanchez’s numerous mistakes during games and practices, he has been the team’s starting quarterback for nearly every game in his career.

Namath told Camini certain head coaches who have excelled in the NFL were not beloved by their players, such as Hall of Fame Head Coaches Tom Landry, Chuck Noll and future Hall of Fame inductee Bill Belichick, New England Patriots head coach.

For the Jets sake, Namath would be better off not saying anything to the media about the team. Whenever he says something to the media about the team, it leads to increased pressure on Ryan and Sanchez to excel.

Namath has to realize this is not the 1960s or 1970s anymore where coaches could get away with mistreating players. With social media and non-stop media coverage, modern-day coaches cannot get away from the scrutiny.

If Namath wants to help the team, then he should tutor Sanchez or become a Jets coach.