A few years ago, the New York Jets were a team on the rise once again with a talented young core of players and an outspoken head coach leading the way in Rex Ryan.
The impact of the Ryan era in New York was immediate with the Jets reaching the AFC Championship game in consecutive seasons and the franchise transformed into a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Although Ryan guaranteed Super Bowl titles, the former defensive coordinator proved that he was the right man for the job with a potentially long career ahead as a head coach in the NFL.
Unfortunately, the winning ways of Jets football has disappeared in New York with the team struggling to get back to form as one of the league’s elite squads. With a 3-5 record and an unproven franchise quarterback under center in Mark Sanchez, the Jets no longer intimidate anyone as they may very well be headed to a second straight season without a playoff berth.
Apparently, the fans in New York aren’t the only ones disappointed in their team and the way it’s being run. One-time Super Bowl champion and Jets legend Joe Namath has come out and said that he believes the team is now focused on headlines and ticket sales rather than winning football games via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:
Namath accused the Jets of putting ticket sales ahead of winning. He also claimed management is lying to the fans, pointing to Tim Tebow’s lack of involvement as the prime example.
“I think that the fans haven’t been given a fair shake,” Namath said on a SportsNet New York podcast. “I don’t think they get a straight story, often enough, from the powers that be. I think it’s kind of condescending talk a bunch of times, telling us how they’re developing and who they’re getting.”
Harsh words from a respected former player of the franchise, but it’s hard to argue with his comments considering the results on the field and no positive changes with all the hype and hoopla that surrounded this team heading into the 2012 NFL season.