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Joe Namath's advice unheeded by Rex Ryan

Janelle Vreeland

Joe Namath

Joe Namath ripped by Ryan

Joe Namath said that the New York Jets weren’t prepared for Sunday’s game against the Raiders because coach Rex Ryan had made them overconfident. Now, Ryan is firing some shots back at Namath.

According to Fox Sports, Jets legend Namath voiced his opinions on 1050 ESPN Radio on Monday, saying, “It starts at the top. Coach Rex Ryan, he’s been doing a great job, getting us to two conference championship games, but there’s one thing about the athlete: You keep telling him how good he is, he’s going to start believing it to the point that he may not be preparing quite the way he should. He may be losing some respect for the other team.”

Ryan fired back at Namath’s claims, saying, “I’m not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something.”

Ryan continued, “Joe Namath can come in here and if he can still throw we’ll have him as a backup quarterback. But you know what? He doesn’t know our team. He’s on the outside. Even though he’s a Jet and once you’re a Jet you’re always a Jet. But he’s on the outside. He’s not in these meetings. I think if he was he’d be shocked at the preparation.”

Namath asserted, “I think these guys might be believing that they’re better than they are. Rex has been the only coach that we know, in maybe the history of the game that I’m familiar with, that keeps continually telling his guys how good they are. And they have been pretty good — pretty good — but they haven’t won a championship yet.”

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