As unqualified as he is to evaluate modern NFL quarterbacks, when Joe Namath speaks, Jets fans listen as if he was Moses in the desert.
Namath told WFAN (h/t CBS New York) that he is not impressed with the Jets' projected starting quarterback in any particular area:
Just looking at him physically, what’s outstanding about his running ability? What’s outstanding about his passing ability? Nothing to me is outstanding about it, but it’s pretty good.
It sounds like Namath was trying to say that Smith did not have a trademark attribute that he could always go to, but a diss is a diss. This comes just a few months after he called Smith's projected backup, Michael Vick, "outstanding," per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
Namath is a Hall of Fame quarterback who is the most pivotal person in franchise history, but this is also a man who once believed in Mark Sanchez. For as much as Namath has done on the field in the past, he is just grasping for straws when it comes to quarterback predictions and evaluations.
However, he is not completely off-base in his evaluation of Smith, who was a second-round pick for a reason. Smith does some things well, but he does not have the rocket arm of Joe Flacco or the mobility of Vick.
That does not, however, mean that he cannot be an effective player at the next level—Smith just needs to be much more consistent to prove that he is the better option over the more exciting Vick.