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Namath: Jets need order to attract Peyton Manning

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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This might come as a shock to you, but Joe Namath has an opinion about Peyton Manning and the Jets.

We kid about the shocking part. This is perhaps the least shocking thing of all-time. You could tell us President Obama does his own laundry and we'd be less shocked.

The smile didn't last long for Joe Namath in Los Angeles.
The smile didn't last long for Joe Namath in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

As long as there are reporters with access to Namath's phone number, you will have access to Namath's thoughts on the team he led to a Super Bowl III title in 1969.

On Thursday, a reporter from The Star-Ledger reached Namath at his Florida home. Namath doesn't see the Jets -- as currently constituted -- as an attractive landing spot for Manning.

"The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming," he said.

Namath, of course, is referring to the discord that came to define the Jets' disappointing 8-8 season in 2011. We haven't heard of any new squabbles of late, but that doesn't mean all is well between Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and the rest of the gang.

Namath also offered an interesting take on the challenges of starting over with a new team. He played 12 seasons with the Jets before closing his career with a mercifully short run with the Los Angeles Rams.

"What was difficult for me, that I didn't anticipate, was how much all the newness could get in the way and be a distraction," he said. "I wasn't prepared for that feeling. The new faces, new places, new system."

Though he doesn't mention it, Namath also had to deal with things like groupies, thick shag carpeting, endless nights, and knees that were knees only in theory.

"I think he'll handle it much better than I did," Namath said of Manning.

Yeah, he's probably right.

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