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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: May 24, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:01 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

The fact is Manning would not want to be a part of the three ring circus that the Jets have become. I am sure he will have better options. All this is speculation, and my money says Peyton Manning never plays another down in the NFL.



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:29 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.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:15 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

The Jets are not a superbowl caliber team.  They have internal strife.  They bicker and fight and trash each other in the media.  Fat Boy Rex is where it starts and in order to end it, Rex either changes the landscape drastically or he needs to go.  Sanchez is no leader.  He is lazy and too comfortable.  Some players said it, and the rest denied because that is protocol- got your teammates back.  Manning would be an instant source of credibility.  The first time Santonio Holmes pouted or whined for the ball, his a** would be gone.  Problem is, the Jets committed to Sanchez, and I don't know if their arrogance would allow them to admit he isn't the answer!! If Peyton plays again, I think the Jets are a team he would consider.  Then, where does Mr. Easy does it Southern California  Sanchez wind up? 



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

If Peyton is healthy I think he got a few more good years and he can certainly take the Jets to the superbowl.  Sanchez is what he is he will never be great.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:56 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

A Super Bowl calibre team?  Really?!  They got older and slower at WR last off-season, and will be older still and slower still next year without upgrades.  Sanchez is a serviceable QB, but he is by no means the kind of guy who will raise the game of everyone around him, like Brady did in 2008 when everyone on that Pats team got hurt, or like Montana did with the Chiefs, dragging them to the AFC Champ game.  Their running attack will need upgrading next year as well.  Their defense is good but showed some weakneses this year compared to last.  So it isn't just the coaching staff.  This squad needs some new spare parts and the addition of a championship QB should be a welcome thing for Jets fans.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

A Super Bowl calibre team?  Really?!  They got older and slower at WR last off-season, and will be older still and slower still next year without upgrades.  Sanchez is a serviceable QB, but he is by no means the kind of guy who will raise the game of everyone around him, like Brady did in 2008 when everyone on that Pats team got hurt, or like Montana did with the Chiefs, dragging them to the AFC Champ game.  Their running attack will need upgrading next year as well.  Their defense is good but showed some weakneses this year compared to last.  So it isn't just the coaching staff.  This squad needs some new spare parts and the addition of a championship QB should be a welcome thing for Jets fans.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

they have a superbowl calber team aleady. they have high schol foot ball coaching staff.



Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

I hear Brett Favre wants to unretire.. again.



Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:20 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

If  Manning went to the Jets ,I bet you they won t be sitting home watching the SB .Manning would make them a winner.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Curtis Martin thinks Jets should pursue Peyton

There are some Jets fans that would love to trade Sanchez for Manning

There would never be a trade involving those players, Indi would have zero interest in taking Sanchez off the Jets hands.  

Everything depends on what Manning wants to do.  If he wants to play in New York for the Jets then he'll be playing for the Jets, it's that simple.  The Jets would do what it takes to acquire Manning whether it's sign him if Indi cuts him or trade for him.  And the second that happens Mark Sanchez gets released immediately.  If Rex Ryan says one word he's gone, he's fired.  Rex Ryan won't even be allowed an opinion on this one.  Peyton Manning versus Mark Sanchez?  C'mon..... I don't care how old Manning is, it doesn't matter one bit. 


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