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In one of his books, John Madden said that of all the QBs his teams ever faced, Namath the always toughest QB to prepare for.  He said Joe was one of those guys where an opposing coach could have the perfect defensive call with guys in all the right spots to stop  the play that was coming...and Namath would still find a way to make a play and beat it.

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Those were highlights, so I assume not all his passes went so well but every single one of them was leading the receiver where only the receiver could catch it. The receivers caught them in stride with minimal adjustment and therefore able to get good yardage after the catch. 

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He had a great quick release but still had a cannon of an arm, Marino was very similar in terms of mechanics to early Joe. He would have backpedaling races with the DBs and win. He played in an era where you ran the ball on first and second down and passed the ball downfield to the wide receivers; Weeb Eubanks was big on this. Ironically they threw underneath quite a bit to the backs in the super bowl which caught the Colts off guard. If they had the surgical techniques they have today, he would have been much better in his later years; he was a shell of himself after the knee injury. 

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Namath was before my time but from all accounts he was great until his knees were shot (not long after the infamous SB win).

 

FYI - The Oilers actually had the first two picks in the 1965 AFL draft thanks to an odd trade where they leased their QB Jacky Lee to Denver and they also had their own pick.  Houston traded the rights to Namath in the midst of the AFL/NFL war for players as well as league survival for the rights to Jerry Rhome (who later became the first OC under Fisher).

 

The idea was that Namath was more valuable to the league in New York than in Houston.

 

The Oilers were also a blown call away from drafting Elway in 1983. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, TheBukafax said:

Does he grope th other holograms?

They only had three - Namath, Lombardi and Halas.   Joe did not appear with the other two.

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1 hour ago, BudAdams said:

Namath was before my time but from all accounts he was great until his knees were shot (not long after the infamous SB win).

 

FYI - The Oilers actually had the first two picks in the 1965 AFL draft thanks to an odd trade where they leased their QB Jacky Lee to Denver and they also had their own pick.  Houston traded the rights to Namath in the midst of the AFL/NFL war for players as well as league survival for the rights to Jerry Rhome (who later became the first OC under Fisher).

 

The idea was that Namath was more valuable to the league in New York than in Houston.

 

The Oilers were also a blown call away from drafting Elway in 1983. 

 

 

That idea is 100% correct. Namath and NY were made for each other. This was the first step in selling football not as a sport but an entertainment venue, and it worked very well.

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