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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: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:36 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Healthy and with a few more seasons, Peyton Manning makes sense to a lot of teams. As a health question mark, teams like the Jets or with even better QB's are going to have to consider that changing of the guard. That's not to discount Sanchez, but I'd think he'd pull a Carson Palmer and want out to go to another team to be it's starter. No 2 situations/QB are 100% alike, but some are similar and would create virtually indistinguishable issues. Back to back AFC Championships is pretty good for Sanchez, I think like others and Sanchez is their future and Manning needs to go to a team that has a bigger QB issue, like Arizona or Miami. Seattle could very well be a solution ? Could Manning takes Tavares Jackson's job ? Seems like many have already and that was with the Vikings.

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:51 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.

Maybe that's why Jaws was canned from MNF. Perhaps his contract cost ESPN too much sense. Or is it cents?

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:40 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

My poetic justice pick. The Tennessee Titans. Nate Washington went over a thousand yards, and Kenny Britt should be back and healthy. Jared Cook took a huge step forward this year and Chris Johnson is a great relief valve. Damian Williams should take another step forward in his third year making that a pretty strong supporting cast for Manning. He'd get to play the team that cut him twice and would probably beat them handily. That being said I don't blame Isray and the Colts one bit for what they did. Manning simply costs to much and the team is in a rebuilding stage and where better to start than with a little Luck. If they keep both that keeps them from being able to build around Luck and he'll need all the help he can get.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:28 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

thestar, the Jets on paper make a lot of sense. They have a line that will keep an old Manning upright. They have a great TE and if they can get Burress and LT back a great receiving core and a pair of good receiving RBs. My only feeling here is Manning may not want to play under Rex Ryan. The Jets could win a championship with Manning and he knows it, but if the lockerroom sours at any point it could get ugly and he knows that as well. I would say out of my remaining 7 teams the Jets offer the best upside and the worst downside.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:20 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Manning wants to win now so forget the Browns, the Jaguars, the Redskins, the Vikings, and the Bucs. Add the team that just cut him and that leaves 12 teams left. Manning is going to want to go to a team that will let him pass a lot and has a good receiving TE and starting RB (sorry Seattle, Kansas City, and Denver) not to mention a true #1WR (sorry Chicago and San Francisco). That leaves 7 teams that I believe are a good fit. There still is the fact that teams can erase issues like no true #1 wr in the FA market, but who has the cash to get both Manning and a top WR/RB? What about the draft they can fix issues there too right? Manning won't want to risk his last years on a draft pick. The Dolphins, the Bills, the Jets, the Titans, the Raiders, the Eagles, the Cardinals are the best spots for him to go to. They can win with him and he has enough talent to help him post some decent #s. That being said if the 49ers can land a big name wr like Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, or Mike Wallace that would change everything. They play in a weak division have a great defense and could win a Super Bowl next year with Manning and a true #1 wr.


Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:20 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Prisco is the biggest JETS hater on the planet.  They could get Peyton, go undefeated, win the Superbowl three years in a row and be the first football team to build a stadium and play a game on Mars but they would never get ahead of the awful Cowboys in his ridiculous power rankings.  Sanchez has had three years to "Succeed."  Unless you call throwing interceptions in the end zone or embarrassingly choking under pressure "succeeding," he hasn't progressed at all.  He is the only QB in the game who can have a four TD game and look horrible doing it.  Bring Manning in now and wear a ring in 2013.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:05 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

There are 14 teams that should not be interested in Manning. The Patriots, the Texans, the Chargers, the Steelers, the Bengals, and the Ravens in the AFC. The Packers, the Lions, the Saints, the Falcons, the Panthers, the Giants, the Cowboys, and the Rams in the NFC. That is not to say any of these QBs are better than Peyton Manning. Those 14 teams have what they believe to be the long term answer on the roster right now. I know fans from the Jets, the 49ers, the Bears, the Broncos, the Eagles, and maybe the Cardinals think I should have mentioned their teams as well, but I'm not sold on any of those QBs as long term answers.  

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:56 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

He goes to the Cards or Dolphins IMO.  Comes down to - who will spend for the question mark?

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:53 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

I am Tebowing right now for Peyton to come to Denver.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:51 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

A level of professionalism is what the Jets need.  No one is steering the ship, the coach needs to get a hold of that organization.  Rex Ryan doesn't understand the concept that as a leader you want to be friendly without being friends.  They don't treat him with the respect they should and if they don't have to show any respect to the head guy will they show any respect to each other?

That place is a zoo right now.

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