Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Braylon asks Namath to say it to his face
More than Rex Ryan or Mark Sanchez or Darrelle Revis, the face of the New York Jets is -- and maybe always will be -- Joe Namath.
Namath has taken some shots at his team over the past few days in various forms of media, which you can read below.
But one of Namath's criticisms in particular has drawn a response from the player he chided.
In a New York Post article Wednesday, Namath had this to say about Jets receiver Braylon Edwards: "Can't catch the ball ... Or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches."
ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini posted a pointed response from Edwards.
"That's his mouth, his words," Edwards said. "I really don't think Mr. Namath knows me. I'm sure he's never followed me. He's a Jet guy and I was in Cleveland for five years, and I had one bad season. I'm not going to get into a back-and-forth with Mr. Namath. Too much respect. All I can say is, I don't think he really knows me. Tell him next time he's here, stop by my locker and he can tell me that."
Namath's string of remarks began with tweets during Monday night's loss to the Baltimore Ravens at the Meadowlands. When tight end Dustin Keller ran out of bounds short of the marker on fourth down, Namath called it "disgusting" and chalked up the 15 penalties to "a disappointing lack of discipline."
On Tuesday, Namath shared more frustrations at BroadwayJoeTV.com.
"We've got to play better football," Namath said. "When I hear Rex Ryan talk about 'I have total confidence in every guy in this room,' well, excuse me. I believe you, Rex, but meantime, when we look at what we see, you're getting knocked down. You're getting knocked back. We're not able to throw the ball. We don't have the time. The running game, which was our staple, is not right now."
Also in the New York Post story Wednesday, he said he didn't like the Jets' chances of keeping up with the New England Patriots' offense Sunday.
"A shootout? You gotta have something to be shooting," Namath said. "We haven't been shooting. We can't get in a shootout with anybody."