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Joe Namath: It'll be 'hard' for Jets to continue winning ways, but ...

From ESPN - October 11, 2017

NEW YORK -- Joe Namath is enjoying the New York Jets' surprising start, but he's taking a wait-and-see approach before anointing them a legitimate playoff contender.

"It remains to be seen," the Hall of Fame quarterback told ESPN on Tuesday night at a benefit dinner in Manhattan. "Realistically, optimistically, it's going to be hard, it's going to be hard. This is a challenge this week and every week is going to be a major challenge. But, hey ..."

Namath quoted a line from "Illusions," a novel by Richard Bach: "Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they are yours."

In other words, Broadway Joe was not about to dismiss the Jets (3-2), who host the New England Patriots (3-2) this Sunday. The winner takes sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

"Let's see," he said. "This might turn out to be [Josh] McCown's best year ever and the guys, collectively, might start playing better and better each week. That's the goal -- improve every week."

Before the season, Namath frowned upon the perception that his former team was tanking to get a high pick (and a quarterback) in next year's draft.

"A coach I know specifically said it's better to go 1-15 than 8-8," he said, declining to name the coach. "That is based purely on drafts and stuff. But the animal that lives the life does not feel that way. They would not be there if they felt that way -- coaches or players. Losing stinks! Nothing feels good after you lose a game."

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