ATLANTA — It has been 50 years since Joe Namath led the Jets to their only Super Bowl title.
Namath believes 50 years has been a long enough wait for another championship.
“I want it,” Namath said here Saturday night. “We want it, the fans. There are teams that haven’t even been to one yet, let alone winning one. It’s a competitive game. It may sound corny. I’ve said it many times. Ownership can change, coaches can change, players change. But those fans that came over when they were the Titans and joined the Jets and are still there, the New Jersey fans joined forces. I’d like to see us win for them.”
Namath said he is optimistic about the direction the Jets are heading in.
“I can only hope,” Namath said. “We’re hoping that we’re going in the right direction. It’s pretty obvious we need some more players at different positions and how do we get those players? Collectively, they have to play together. I like the idea of Adam Gase being there even thought I didn’t dislike what coach [Todd] Bowles did.”
Namath liked what he saw from quarterback Sam Darnold in his rookie year.
“He impressed me at Southern Cal when I saw him there,” Namath said. “What was most impressive to me was how his coaches reacted to him and how his teammates reacted to him and how he carries himself. I’ve only talked to him a couple of times. He carries himself beautifully. He looks you in the eye when he talks to you. He’s enthusiastic. Josh [McCown] has nothing but great things to say about him and his work ethic. Everything’s positive there. Now you have to have the offensive line, you have to have the defense. Collectively, it’s a team effort.”