Hall Of Fame Quarterback Joe Namath Believes Mark Sanchez Is Still A 'Viable NFL Starter, Says He Needs To Leave The Jets Behind (Audio)

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Dec 20, 2012 11:43 AM EST
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Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath watches the Jets warm up before their NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston September 13, 2009."

After failing to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive year and coming off of his worst performances in his career, Mark Sanchez' future as New York Jets starting quarterback as beginning to look grim.

Sanchez is coming off a road 14-10 Monday Night Football loss to the Tennessee Titans in which he threw four interceptions and lost a fumble, tying a career high for turnovers as the Jets (6-8) were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Sanchez has a league-high 24 turnovers, including 17 interceptions. His two-year turnover total is a staggering 50.

But despite his less than stellar performances these past two seasons, there are now supporters of Sanchez coming forward speaking out in his defense.

Outspoken Hall of Fame quarterback and former Jets quarterback, Joe Namath has some interesting opinions on his former team.

Namath told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show that he felt sorry for Sanchez, who in his opinion, was never given a fair chance to grow and excel as a quarterback.

"Well, I know he's gotten a bad shake," Namath explained. "I don't think he's had the right kind of coaching. I don't think he's had the right kind of help offensively. It is a team game. I know Mark's looked really bad these last several games and has played poorly. But I do believe he's not as bad a quarterback as he's made out to be or as he's played these last few games."

Namath went on to say that Sanchez "deserves better at this stage" and he believes he is still a viable starting NFL quarterback. Namath just doesn't think the Jets are a viable NFL franchise.

"I think he's going to be around for a long time," Namath said. "I hope for his sake it's not with the Jets."

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