When Joe Namath opens his mouth, particularly when the words coming out of that mouth pertain to the Jets’ quarterback situation, it’s news.
The only Jets quarterback to win or even play in a Super Bowl told The New York Daily News that Colin Kaepernick should be on the Jets’ radar.
The newspaper reported last week that Kaepernick wants out of San Francisco and wants to play for the Jets. The team’s top priority is re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw 31 touchdown passes and led the Jets to a 10-6 record in 2015. Jets receiver Brandon Marshall said last week he doesn’t want Kaepernick, that the Jets have their quarterback in Fitzpatrick.
Kaepernick’s promising career went sideways in 2015. After a 2-6 start, he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He’s recovering from surgeries on his left knee, left shoulder and right thumb.
Even if the Jets don’t want Colin Kaepernick, they can use his reported interest in them as leverage in negotiations with Ryan Fitzpatrick.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) February 3, 2016
While Marshall can’t be blamed for throwing his support behind his current quarterback, Namath hinted that he shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the notion of Kaepernick coming to the Jets.
“You need more than one quarterback on team,” Namath said.
Technically, Namath is right. A team needs at least one backup quarterback for its starter. But what very few teams need is a quarterback controversy. The old saying goes, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” The Jets have some unfinished business after coming so close to the playoffs in 2015. The fewer distractions, the better.