Broadway Joe loves the Patriots now?!?

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Jets legend Broadway Joe Namath had his pants hiked way up and his collar popped when he showed up on Hard Knocks a few weeks ago, which was a little … strange.

But it’s clear that guy still has his marbles when he talks. Enough of ’em, anyway, to form some pretty strong opinions. So yesterday, he goes on Sirius NFL Radio, blasts his old club and calls the Patriots the “stronger team” in Sunday’s showdown.

“They are balanced on both sides of the ball,” Namath said, per Pro Football Talk. “The
big question mark about the Patriots, other than (Wes) Welker’s knee
coming into the season offensively, was their young defense, so to
speak.  New England had a fortunate game last week and (were) able to
create a couple of things to build up a fast lead, so school’s still out
a bit on their defense.

“I still have to see the Jets offense
be able to put up some points because the defense is overworked out on
that field.  If Brady can keep the Jets defense out on that field
anywhere close to what Baltimore did, they’re going to be a tired bunch
and the Patriots will outscore the Jets.  For the Jets to win that game,
they’ve got to play their best with the special teams scoring something
as well.”

He also, believe it or not, had his problems with the Jets broadcasting their training camp to the problem. Seems strange for a guy nicknamed “Broadway”, but it’s the way he feels.


“I think it is for any team that’s going to work to do their best to get
to be their best,” said Namath. “It’s what we call ‘distractions.’ You’re going to
spend more time away from thinking about your position, your job, and
the details of it when you’ve got other things going on around you that
you’re partaking in.

“It has to be a distraction and you can’t have
spent as much time on your mental preparation and homework as you would
have without the distractions.  So, yeah, I don’t think it was a
positive.”

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Say what you will about Namath. He’s never been afraid to speak his mind.

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