Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath may want the New York Jets to win a Super Bowl, but he isn't about to make any 1968-style guarantees.
Speaking with Bob Glauber of Newsday, Namath said that while he hopes the Jets win it all, he isn't counting it on it this season.
“Expectations and hopes [are] two different things,” Namath said. “Hope we could win a championship, but I don’t know if that kind of talent is here — remains to be seen. But who was the guy, Richard Bach, who said, ‘Argue for your limitations, and they’re yours,’ So you go in thinking you’re going to win.”
New York should certainly be improved heading into 2019, as the Jets had a busy offseason in which they signed free agents such as Le'Veon Bell, C.J. Mosley, and Jamison Crowder while also trading for offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.
Still, in a very deep AFC, it will be difficult for the Jets to make the playoffs, let alone win a Super Bowl.
But while Namath seems to understand that, he also loves what he is seeing from second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
“I like what I saw of him physically at Southern Cal,” Namath said. “When he got here, I liked what the coaches and players had to say about him. When I met him, I liked his demeanor. He gives you a good vibe, a good feeling. He’s respectfully humble. Physically, he can play as well as anybody, just needs to keep polishing himself and the team needs to polish up.”
Basically, the Jets are on the rise, but if you are expecting them to contend for a championship this year, you should probably temper you expectations just a bit.