Joe Namath ‘feels ashamed’ for ripping Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick

Joe Namath was harder on himself for calling for the benching of Ryan Fitzpatrick than the Jets were.

The Jets legend said Tuesday on ESPN Radio that he regretted tweeting out that the Jets should have turned to Bryce Petty around halftime of the team’s win against the Browns. At the time, the Jets were losing badly, though they kept Fitzpatrick in the game and later turned it around for a win.

“I do regret sending that out but that was the way I felt at that time,” Namath said. “I do feel ashamed for doing it. It breaks kind of the team-player code and no good can come of it.”

After the game Brandon Marshall said he hoped Namath would reserve his judgment until after the game in the future, but added that he didn’t want to disagree with the former quarterback. Fitzpatrick said he understood the criticism from Namath.

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Namath said he was reminded by Todd Bowles’ postgame comments that it was a team game and that the team’s failures in the first half weren’t all on Fitzpatrick’s shoulders.

“But I was just frustrated with that first half of play against the competition we were playing against, it looked like, man, where are we going from here?” Namath said.

He also admitted he may have fallen into a common fan trap of thinking the grass is always greener with a backup quarterback.

Joe Namath.

Joe Namath.

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“(I’ve) gotta remind myself: I haven’t even seen Petty play he’s played so little,” Namath said. “I don’t know where the rookie is. Fitz is the best we have to get out there and win. And so again, I lost trust, I forgot that fact.”

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As for his tweet the week before questioning how hurt Geno Smith really was if he was standing on the sideline? Namath said he didn’t realize how hurt Smith was because in his experience when he had torn ligaments he couldn’t have stood on the sideline.

“He was walking fine… going into the locker room, there was no indication of a limp leaving the field,” Namath said. “When he came back out in street clothes, I was surprised, because again, we hadn’t been told the extent of the injury.”

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