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New York Jets Offense: Joe Namath Concerned

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Former NFL quarterback Joe Namath arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for ESPY)
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Mets ParadiseCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2010

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Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath showed concerns in an interview with the NYPost.

Call him Broadway Woe.

No. 1 Jets Fan Joe Namath is worried.

He believes that Mark Sanchez is being held hostage to a suspect offensive line, the lack of a deep threat, and a system that orders him to try not to lose the game.

He thinks Sanchez and the Jets are in trouble until Santonio Holmes returns from his four-game suspension.

"Sanchez to me is not the problem," Namath told The Post last night. "This is not all on him. I know that he's doing everything that he's told to do—or at least trying to do everything that he's told to do.

"Basically, he's taught not to turn the ball over. Mark has been schooled not to lose the game. Our defense is gonna win it for us. We're not gonna lose many games because of our defense."

But can you win enough games with your quarterback, in the absence of the Ground & Pound, throwing for 74 yards?

"No," said Namath, who ripped the team on Twitter a night earlier. "Not with the competition that's out there.

"You gotta score some points.

"Nine points is good enough if the other team scores eight."

Asked if he expected Sanchez to be more advanced than he showed, Namath said: "I don't think our passing game was trying to be more advanced [Monday] night.

"I think we were trying to keep from losing the game."

Did Sanchez look skittish to him?

"That's the way he moves about," Namath said. "He's a high-energy guy, whether he's walking on the street or whether he's in the pocket."

Namath believes the lack of a deep threat is another reason why the Jets' offense was "ultraconservative" against the ravenous Ravens.

"I'd like to see him open up, but what are you gonna open up with?" Namath said.

"I said Baltimore has no respect for the speed we have outside. Who do they have to worry about going deep going into last night's game? I don't consider [Jerricho] Cotchery or [Braylon] Edwards deep threats."

Why isn't Namath an Edwards fan?

"Can't catch the ball, for one thing," Namath said. "Or rarely does. He has as many drops as he does catches."

Namath watched left guard Matt Slauson against the Ravens and cringed.

"Our left guard position was annihilated," Namath said. "They need to get some spinach into Popeye at left guard and make him a stronger and better player. Otherwise it's gonna be a long season offensively.

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