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'Hard Knocks' A Mistake, Says Namath

Joe Namath just can’t help himself. Broadway Joe has put himself in the media spotlight all week with his criticisms of the New York Jets, and he continued the assault on Friday via Sirius NFL Radio.

“They (the Patriots) are balanced on both sides of the ball,” Namath told co-host Adam Schein on The Broadway Blitz. "The big question mark about the Patriots, other than [Wes] Welker’s knee coming into the season offensively, was their young defense, so to speak.

“I still have to see the Jets offense be able to put up some points because the defense is overworked out on that field. If (Patriots quarterback Tom) Brady can keep the Jets defense out on that field anywhere close to what Baltimore did, they’re going to be a tired bunch and the Patriots will outscore the Jets. For the Jets to win that game, they’ve got to play their best, with the special teams scoring something as well.”

Namath blamed the Jets’ loss Monday night to lack of execution and said that quarterback Mark Sanchez’s struggles were due to inexperience.

Part of that might be due to distractions that Namath said resulted from the Jets’ Hard Knocks exposure.

“I think it is (a mistake) for any team that’s going to work to do their best to get to be their best. It’s what we call ‘distractions.’ " he said. “You’re going to spend more time away from thinking about your position, your job, and the details of it when you’ve got other things going on around you that you’re partaking in.”

I don’t really disagree with Namath. I just don’t know what has gotten into him all of sudden. He seems to want to be judge and jury about gang green now that the team has the media spotlight, and I’m just wondering what that’s all about.