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Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

Posted on: January 29, 2012 1:30 pm
 
"I’m not saying anything against Sanchez," Martin said. ... "If Manning was available, I would go after him" (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. One camp supports the guy and wants him back in New York (head coach Rex Ryan's current stance); the other camp prefers anybody but Sanchez, although if they had their choice, Peyton Manning would be at the top of the list.

Manning, of course, is still a member of the Colts and recovering from neck surgery that kept him out for the 2011 season. But his time left in Indianapolis may be down to days or weeks.


Ryan spoke recently about both quarterbacks: “I can’t talk about Peyton Manning. He’s on some other team right now. But Mark Sanchez is the future of the Jets. He’s a great quarterback and again, I can’t wait to get it going."

Which is pretty much what Ryan has to say. And no matter how many times he repeats himself, there will be those people who think there are better options out there. Take former Jets running back Curtis Martin. He's all for Manning relocating to New York should he become available.

“That’s a great opportunity,” said the Hall of Fame finalist Saturday in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini. “I’m not saying anything against Mark Sanchez, but Peyton Manning … I have a lot of respect for the guy. I played against him for a number of years. I wouldn’t care who was on my team -- if Peyton Manning was available, I would go after him.”

Martin qualified by saying that he'd pass on Manning if Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees, but that's it.

“I’m very bullish on taking that chance,” Martin said. “I don’t care if he’s 38, 36, whatever, I would be interested in taking that chance. At 35, 36, I’m definitely interested. You’re literally talking about one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game. Him having a year off, the type of competitor Peyton Manning is, I think he’s going to come back and surprise everyone and be even stronger -- if he can come back.”

And that very well may be, it's just that it's not clear where Manning will be playing.

Cimini writes that Jets owner Woody Johnson, during a recent interview, didn't rule out the possibility of pursing Manning. Cimini added: "There are growing indications that the Jets, despite public support for Sanchez, are monitoring the situation and will explore it if he’s released."

Seems reasonable despite Ryan publicly supporting Sanchez several times this offseason. It was Ryan, after all, who announced that he expected offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to return to the Jets if he didn't land a head-coaching gig. Neither happened, and the former was less surprising than the latter.

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Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:24 am
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

im what way is taking one of the highest contracts offered a running back ( at the time 6 years, $36 million) a bad carreer move???? lol



Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:22 am
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

im pretty sure taking a contract that was, at the time one of the highest ever offered a running back  ( 6 years $36 Million ) was a pretty decent career move..



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:11 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

Curtis Martin's an alumni spokesman for the Jets now? Nice! He knows all about good career moves; he's got one fewer ring than Corey Dillon and two fewer than Antowain Smith.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

I love Peyton, one of all time best, but at this point in his life I think he would make a great QB  for the young Luck, if the Colts decide to pick him... 

Am I on CBS.com or STUPID.COM ????  I better check because I'm getting more and more confused at what I'm reading.

Talk about his age or his injury all you want, Peyton Manning wants to play football again and he will do exactly that.  He has no interest in retiring, so he's not going to coach anybody.  There are qb coaches out there 10 times the coach Manning is, just because he's a great qb doesn't make him a great teacher.   There isn't one qb coach on any team that ever played football on any level as well as Manning did, but they're all much better teaches then he is because that's what they do.

Manning will play football soon enough, it just won't be for Indi that's all.  But to even think for a second Peyton Manning is going to agree to coach Luck is a joke.  Even if Manning retires I guarantee you he'll never commit himself full time to coaching anybody.  You'll see him either ride off into the sunset and just disappear or you'll see him in the broadcast booth.   My God..... 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:23 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

 

 I agree with Broadway Joe, Sanchez is a NFL QB but needs OL to support his play. His bad decisions were when the OL allowed far to many sacks. Any great QB needs a pocket to pass from. Just ask JOE!


No No No.  You've got it all wrong man.  I don't know if you watched many Jets games since Sanchez was drafted but I've watched plenty, this kid isn't that good.  A couple seasons ago the Jets had the best running game in football and the best defense in football yet Sanchez still looked very average and a lot of the time looked terrible out there.  Mark Sanchez is not a qb that is going to get the Jets anywhere..... 

What are you implying anyway?  That if Peyton Manning wants to play for the Jets they are supposed to say " hummm, sorry Peyton but we're not interested. We're going with Mark Sanchez as our qb again".

LOL    All I can say is WOW because if there is even ONE Jets fan on these boards that honestly prefers Mark Sanchez over a healthy Peyton Manning I don't even know what to say or how to respond to that....

Except for... WOW !!!!!!!!!!!! 



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

Every great QB in the NFL now and past have one thing in common. A great pocket to pass from. There are many high caliber OL players in the first round of the 2012 Draft. Jets should focus this years draft on OL and then judge Sanchez. I agree with Broadway Joe, Sanchez is a NFL QB but needs OL to support his play. His bad decisions were when the OL allowed far to many sacks. Any great QB needs a pocket to pass from. Just ask JOE!




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:53 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

  "Jets talk a good game,but can t even make the playoffs,The Giants let the Jets play in there house.Sanchez is just a backup at best."

So Elie Manning was just a good backup at best the last two years? Cool with me.

I hope that the Jets are not going to try to get a 36 or 37 years old QB who just had a major surgery to his neck. In fact what the Jets need is more stability. So just try to make the right choice in the coming draft and try to cool down the atmosphere in the room and it will be better than chasing this old man. I love Peyton, one of all time best, but at this point in his life I think he would make a great QB coach for the young Luck, if the Colts decide to pick him... 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:39 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

<span style="color: #333333;">So much talk about this Peyton-to-Jets thing that the rumor can become fact shortly. But the burning question still unanswered is: can Peyton play at all with his neck condition?



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:31 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

Manning would make the Jets a SB team?  How many rings does Manning have ?  It's ONE, and if he had to learn a new scheme with a new club...he would have to quit one if his 15 commercials that he whores himself out for.



Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:28 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

Curtis Martin...what a joke.  You are supposed to stand by your teammates...ESPECIALLY your Quarterback.  How would you feel Curtis...if your QB said he wished there was a different RB on his team ?  I'm sure he thought it.  You would cry the blues for going to the media,  and might even throw in the race card.  It's OUR fault for elevating these guys as Heroes and God's.  They are just entertainers...unless you are actually in the NFL business.


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