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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: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:40 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Manning brings that stability the Jets need, they fell apart cause Sanchez has been a failure.  The Jets are a qb away from a title, bottom line. They were in two AFC Champ games w/no QB.  If they had a qb the would have two maybe three rings in the last three years.  The D was down last year because the were on the field 75% of the time because of Sanchez. If they had a QB who could put points up they would have been hands down best D in the NFL because they wouldnt have to be shut down all the time.  Say what you want about the running game, the D stacked the box every time cause they know Sanchez isnt a threat, your obviously not going to have a running game.  You know how many plays over 40 yds the Jets had last year?  Maybe one.  I can't blame Sanchez for everything, a lot of that blame goes on Schotty (how he has a job in the NFL right now I will never understand).  I love Namath, but I think he likes being the only Jet QB to ever win a title.

Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:39 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

He's 100% correct.. Peyton likes everything that the jets are not... Consistancy and professionalism.. He doesn't want his HC of the NYJ amking bold predictions and dressing as a clown during pressers...

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:24 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

do we have some post mortem glory hogging going on here ala Favre-Rodgers? (trying to shrug off the new blood filling (or possibly filling) your former role, as insurance for your legacy)

I mean since it is apparently toss out all your crazy random ideas week, someone should follow up on that is at worst 20% more interesting than "what color is Manning's pee today?" or whatever was next on tap.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:21 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Who's next, Marino? Maybe Montana, representing the Chiefs?  John Madden might even try to pass a law stating -Any player who hits Peyton Manning #18 to the ground receives minimum 5 years incarceration.

It's funny that you say that about Madden.  While talking with Sam Farmer he was saying that anyone that hits ANY QB after the ball is out of his hands should be flagged just as if they would be for running into a kicker/punter.  What is this world coming to?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:07 am

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Im glad both Martin and Jaworski think it makes a lot of SINCE for the Jets. Come on CBS Sportsline! Its getting more and more difficult to take your writers and your news seriously when you consistently forget how to spell.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:50 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Why do we hear these comments from former players?  I understand that they have opinions, but I would rather listen to what the team's general manager thinks, in this case, the Jets' Mike Tannenbaum.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:27 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

The Giants were 7-7, a team on the brink of disaster, being propped up only by their QB, who himslef was being battered on the field.  They got hot, made the playoffs (we knew Dallas would choke) in a weak division, and won the Super Bowl.  If that doesn't prove that even now Peyton Manning can win a Super Bowl on many teams, then nothing does.  The NFL is a league based on keeping mediocrity, with easy schedule and avoiding dynasties.  Weak schedules and top draft picks for losing teams make it easy to turn it around the next year.  All new rules cut down on hitting and protect QB's, so its a QB league now -- see Eli Manning's career season.  Don't underestimate what Peyton can mean to a franchise - even at his age and medical history.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:47 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Who's next, Marino? Maybe Montana, representing the Chiefs?  John Madden might even try to pass a law stating -Any player who hits Peyton Manning #18 to the ground receives minimum 5 years incarceration.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:42 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

i hope manning goes to denver so i never have to hear tim tebow's name again.hey,do you think he's praying right now that peyton goes to cards.?

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:34 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Arizona:  Larry Fitzgerald.  Great weather.  A decent chance at winning a division (at least better than AFC East).  Very little pressure. 

Perfect fit bigblue13

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