Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former players Joe Namath (left) and Freeman McNeil during the Ring of Honor ceremony at half time at the game between the New York Jets and the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Namath feels his relationship with New York Jets is awkward, clumsy; Blames Rex Ryan

It’s been a rough few weeks for the New York Jets and now their last link to true success says his relationship with the franchise is ‘awkward and clumsy’.

That sounds positive.

According to Joe Namath, his relationship with the Jets isn’t what it once was and he attributes it to the current regime, as he stated on a recent Rich Eisen podcast:

Namath was asked to describe the current state of his relationship with the team.

“Clumsy, awkward. Expressing myself and giving my opinions … none of us when we’re in position to be critiqued, if it’s not good we don’t like to hear it,” he said. “And I know it’s been uncomfortable for the Jets, Mr. (Woody) Johnson, Rex or whatever. It’s uncomfortable for me, it has been for me since I’ve been around and noticed a subtle change in our relationships.”

“I wish (Ryan) would just say it was wrong — ‘I made a mistake,’ ” he said in that unmistakable Namathian drawl. “But instead he was talking about the competitive feelings of wanting to win. That’s just beating around the bush. My man made a mistake, Rich!

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