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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

 
.....Heading into Saturday's NFL Draft, USC quarterback Matt Leinart is drawing comparisons to Broadway Joe.

With Mario Williams' stock rising, Leinart could be available when the Jets pick fourth.

USC coach Pete Carroll:

"If Matt ends up in New York, he'll be as well prepared as anybody at this stage."

Except Namath.

Carroll:

"I don't know that anybody will ever do it better than Joe did it."

I just finished reading the chapter in Namath that details the Jets' Super Bowl victory over the Colts. I noted that, while the win was seen as the legitimization of pass-crazy AFL football, the Jets won by playing NFL-style smashmouth.

Both Namath and his favorite receiver, Don Maynard, were slowed by injuries. So the Jets resorted to a control game on offense while the defense keyed on Colts QB Earl Morrall, causing him to miss open receivers throughout the game.

So while Namath finished with 206 yards on 17 for 28 passing and no interceptions, he

"remains the only quarterback to be named Super Bowl MVP without throwing a touchdown. The best passer in the sport, a master of angles, did not even attempt a pass in the fourth quarter."

I did not know that. So while Namath certainly mink coat style, he knew how run a solid game plan.


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