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Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:59 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 9:18 pm
Joe Namath thinks Gang Green already has their franchise quarterback: Mark Sanchez. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

The Jets are reportedly one of the dozen or so clubs interested in Peyton Manning. One team official told's Mike Freeman that the impression is that Manning has narrowed his list to Miami, Washington and Denver, although, ultimately, the front runner will be the team that offers the most guaranteed money.

As for the Jets, they seem like an odd fit for a couple reasons: there's the belief in the media that Peyton wouldn't want to play in the same town as brother Eli (we're not convinced but we'll include it here anyway). Then there are the locker room issues that came to a head in Week 17 and torpedoed the team's playoff chances. Or as Pete Prisco tweeted Thursday:

If Peyton Manning went to Jets, he'd be one instilling discipline since there is none.
3/8/12 12:45 AM

Prisco, it turns out, isn't alone in this opinion. Former Jets great Joe Namath feels similarly.

“The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming,” Namath told Bloomberg News in a telephone interview.

The team's official response?

“We appreciate Joe and he is entitled to share his opinions,” spokesman Bruce Speight told Bloomberg News in an e- mail.

It's worth noting that former Jets running back Curtis Martin and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski both think Manning makes a lot of since for the Jets. 

“That’s a great opportunity,” Martin said in late January in an interview with “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.” 

A month later, during a radio appearance, Jaws echoed Martin's sentiments: "I love Mark Sanchez and there are 25 other quarterbacks in this league that I would take Peyton Manning over. There’s a turf war in New York. The Giants just won the Super Bowl. The Jets are fighting for every inch of space they can get in the newspaper. How do you get that inch? How do you get the headlines? You sign Peyton Manning.” 

Meanwhile, Namath, the only quarterback to lead the Jets to a Super Bowl win, thinks the franchise quarterback is already on the roster.

“These guys — the Jets — thought Sanchez was a championship quarterback. Has that suddenly changed now?” Namath told Metro New York. “I haven’t heard that. Let them come out and say it. I haven’t heard that and I don’t think they should.”

A day after the season ended ingloriously in Miami, head coach Rex Ryan announced that Sanchez was his starter in 2012 -- partly because a team can't talk about acquiring other team's players, but also because we think that some part of Ryan actually wants to believe it.

“Mark’s going to be around awhile," Namath continued. "His demeanor was angry last year with all the things going on behind the scenes. His feelings were clearly hurt. I hope they work through all that because I’m rooting for him. But I don’t see Peyton coming to the Jets."

We're not yet sold on Sanchez as anything more than a system quarterback, although we suppose he could grow into the franchise player the Jets envisioned when they traded up to get I'm in 2009. For now, however, here's our question: if, as Namath points out, the Jets are too crazy for Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, what chance does Sanchez have to succeed?

via PFT

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Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:19 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Hill Street, I am a New Yorker, a Jets fan, but I beg to differ - and I am going from facts and not just popping off. Namath had potential and tools, but that did not translate to consistent performance. He had flashes of greatness, yes. Bad knees really did him in, and we will never know how good he could have been if he didn't have chronic knee issues. But even in his finest season he threw more INT's than TD"s. He barely completed 50% of his passes over his career,

I agree with Joe Willie about the Jets toxic locker room and situation, and I loved him as a player - but just having a great arm and ability does not make you a great QB. Joe was great sometimes; sometimes not so much. Sure, he threw for 4,000 yards in a 14 game season, but he also threw 28 INT's and had 26 TD's. In 13 years (many not full seasons), he threw more TD's than Interceptions only twice (and barely - 19-17 and 18-15). The best completion % he ever had in a season was 52.9%, even in his era that wasn't very good.

His compiled yardage (over 27,000) got him into Canton, but I just can't say he was a great QB.

Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:13 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

No way Peyton Manning would ever come to the Jets and I guaranteee it.  He is too much of a class act to play in the same town as his brother.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:41 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Well of course Namath is going to back the guy who has exploited his bachelorhood to its fullest.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:22 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Great comments.
Joe should keep his mouth shut and the coach is a clown and GM a doofus.
Great characterization of the Jets.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:14 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Joe is correct. The Jets have a clown as a head coach and a doofus as a GM. I heard the Revis wants to leave and play for the Giants. Good for you Revis. The way the Jets yanked his chain with his contract, he should leave them. Look what they did to Leon Washington. Peyton is way to good for that crew of reprobates.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:13 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

You are 100% correct on this. I couldn't agree more Namath was a very average QB and the Jets played the perfect game against Baltimore that year. Joey needs to keep his mouth shut and mind his own business!

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:52 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

It's worth noting that former Jets running back Curtis Martin and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski both think Manning makes a lot of since for the Jets.
Of course Manning makes sense for the Jets.  He makes sense for Oakland, Cleveland, and a dozen other places too.  Hell, if you want to talk that way, it would make sense for the Colts to bring him back on a different contract too.

But none of that matters.  What matters is, whether the Jets (or any other team) make sense for HIM.  He has the ability to pick and choose here.  So things like an unsettled locker room, or a team being too far from SB contention are going to rule teams out... whether Manning 'makes sense for them' or not.  He's not going to go where he's most needed... he's going to go where he likes the situation the best.  And I doubt that includes anyplace with a fractured locker room, a massive rebuilding project, etc. 

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:48 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

They will publish anything, anyone says wont they Why dont we get Hedi Klum's expert opinion on the jest while we are at it.

Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:45 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Do the Jets remember how they got to  2 AFC Championship games. Top 5 defense + top 5 running game. Not Mark Sanchez. For every gret paly he makes he surpasses that by 4 awfully bad decisions. Year 3 in a QB life is really what you have. In Mark Sanchez you have someone who has poor football values. Meaning he would rather be on the cover of a magazine than studying film. He would rather date a super model than work on his skill. If you have several of your own teammates saying that he is lazy, then 99% of the time it's true. The Jets are the Jets. Meaning this. They always have a pronlem moving on. Lets give him another year to see what kind of progress he makes. I've seen this before, oh right. Chad Pennington. It took 5 surgeries before they jumped off that ship. Jets do yourselves a favor. Bite the bullet and take a 3rd round pick from the Broncos or Browns. At least there not in division....

Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:32 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Can't Joe Namath just go away ! The Jets are a third world franchise. Manning demands perfection. not lethargy!

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