Former New York Jets great Joe Namath says rookie quarterback Geno Smith is a “sensational athlete” with “good size.” But he also doesn’t believe his former team should have drafted him.
“No, I don’t think they needed a quarterback,” Namath said, per the New York Daily News. “They needed the other positions filled. Possibly offensive line. They got some defensive line. The safeties are still questionable. The outside linebackers are still questionable.”
Namath is still behind Mark Sanchez, who he claims struggled with “distractions.”
“I am pulling for him,” Namath said of Sanchez. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish.”
Namath says Sanchez will be a different quarterback this season.
“I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better,” Namath added. “I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year). I believe you’ll see a different guy.
“Mark’s not a puppy anymore,” he added. “He’s gone through some things, growing process. As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to. He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.”
I really believe Sanchez could have been a good NFL quarterback with the right team, but sadly enough, the Jets ruined him. And now I don’t think there’s any way to build up his confidence back up again. This team is Smith’s now.