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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: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:19 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Hah, the Jets have plenty of news coverage in NY; just too bad most of it is their loudmouth coach and overhyped receivers.  I don't understand how NY newscoverage and media hype translate into success.  Didn't the Giants teach the Jets that last season?

Why Manning should resist signing with the Jets:
1.  The weather sucks(no dome to keep that neck loose).
2.  The team sucks, and can't seem to keep quiet.
3.  The coach sucks, and can't seem to shut his yap.
4.  The owner sucks, and has a massive inferiority complex; nice tarps Mr. Woody but he championships still exist behind them.
5.  It is and always will be Giants Stadium (no matter who's the QB)
5a.  Remember they tried the great Brett Favre?  Didn't work out so hot.  I know Peyton isn't Favre, but he isn't Superman, either.

The only reason to go to the Jets is money, and I would think Manning has enough of it to preclude him from going somewhere that is a poor fit.

His best fit?

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

Bottom line is that Peyton isn't going to solve the Jets problems; no matter how much Jets fans want to believe he will.  His health is a questionmark and the team itself is completely dysfunctional.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:15 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Why would Peyton want to go to the New Jerset Jets? To babysit a group of overpaid under achievers or better yet after Rex Ryan was calling him out?  Peyton definitely will not go to the Jets for a number of reasons, the first and most important is that Rex is to much of a loud mouth who talks out of the wrong hole. Peyton wants to play on a team where they do their trash talking on the field by winning.  He is quiet and likes to keep to himself and Rex is the complete opposite and they would definitely not get along do to personalities and egos alone.  I also dont think Peyton wants the New York media making friction between him and Eli by stirring up rumors and competitions and other various confrontations between the two. And yes I am from New York and i read the papers and watch the news often so I am fully aware of what the NY media is capable of. there are many other reasons i dont see Peyton going to the NEw Jersey Jets but I will stop here, I dont have enough time.  

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:30 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

and prisco you need a new job cause you are a worst writer than mark sanchez playing q.b

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:27 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Joe no one cares what you think anymore im tired of you and this is coming from a die hard jet fan


Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:27 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

i dont knowwhy payton would want to go to miami. they are a team in disaray.

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:20 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

Joe Namath is crazy. Did you see the interview where he says that he wants to "Kiss the interviewer"? Yeah, now he's probably even higher on that stuff. Pathetic. He was the toast of the town, and now half the city wants him dead. The death of a legend.

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:20 pm

Namath thinks Jets issues too much for Peyton

   The thing is of course Peyton has better places to spend his remaining years than the Jets. He wants another run at some super bowls obviously, plus a good bit of cash upfront, knowing full well the big Bacon is on the other side, signed, sealed and deliverred, no matter how deferred. There is a nice little Team with a great D out in the desert, and no QB. If Peyton is an outdoor enthusiast he will opt fer Denver. Bottom line is no matter who says what in New York, if Peyton says he wants NY, he will get NY, with or without Sanchez.

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