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Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:01 pm
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Jaws says he loves Mark Sanchez, just not more than Peyton Manning. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

There hasn't been much to report on the Peyton Manning front lately. The media furor surrounding the Colts' quarterback left Indianapolis about the same time the Super Bowl did. Which lends credence to the theory that the Manning-Jim Irsay back-and-forth was all about winning the PR battle while the biggest game of the year was played in their backyard.

The most recent speculation has the Seahawks interested in Manning, assuming the 36-year-old quarterback will be healthy enough to resume his career in 2012 and that the Colts cut him loose in the coming weeks. (Peyton's due $28 million on March 13; we can't see a scenario where Irsay forks over that kind of dough.)

But perhaps we're being too presumptuous. Here's what Seahawks general manager John Schnieder said last week.

“I’ve been blessed to be around a lot of really good quarterback people that have taught me a lot about the position,” Schneider said lastThursday. “So I just kind of incorporate that with the quarterbacks I’ve been around. I just try to take all the information possible from everybody I’ve been around. Ijust know if you panic at the position, it can set the organization back. So we're not going to do that,"

“That may disappoint fans, because they want to see an instant guy and have that instant success,” Schneider continued. “But really, you’re better off continuing to build your team. Initially when I got here, I thought we were going to plug the quarterback in and we were going built around him. If we had done that, we would have panicked in a way. And I’m not sure we would have been able to host the Saints (in the 2010 wild-card playoff game) and had that great atmosphere and all that.”

There's something to be said for not panicking. Then again, it's hard to convince the fan base that you're taking the position seriously when you trade for Charlie Whitehurst and a year later sign Tarvaris Jackson. The former isn't a capable backup and the latter was described perfectly by NFL Network's Mike Mayock this week, “He’s developed to a certain point, but I think that position needs to be upgraded. And I don’t mind T-Jack competing for the position, but I think you either have to get a free agent in there or you have to draft somebody.”

But Seattle isn't the only team breathlessly included in the Manning sweepstakes. There are the other usual suspects: the Redskins, Dolphins and Jets. ESPN's Ron Jaworski, most recently identified as the third wheel in Monday Night Football's new two-man booth, was asked about Manning's NFL future.

“I think Peyton Manning ends up playing somewhere else (other than Indianapolis)," he said during an appearance 97.5 in Philadelphia (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). "I think it’s a win-win for everyone. Certainly, when you look at the Colts right now, they’re a team that’s going through their development process with a new coaching staff and new players. It’s going to be just like when Peyton came on board, years to develop that football team. I think it’s best for Peyton to go and play on a team that can compete for a Super Bowl, a team that might be a quarterback away from elevating that team to Super Bowl status and I think that would be a win-win situation.”

When asked about potential destinations, Jaws suggested what a lot of people have been thinking for months.

“The New York Jets. … 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.”

Jaworski joins Curtis Martin, us, and we imagine Rex Ryan, who won't admit it now but has almost certainly given some thought to the possibility.

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:29 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

The best fit is a team where Peyton doesn't have to throw until September, Indy. 



Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:07 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

just because his vertabrae are fused doesnt mean they will snap in half and kill him if he gets hit.  The doctors wouldnt clear him to play if he was at a substantially higher risk of paralysis/death... jesus.

arms and legs doont break on a regular basis in the NFL and those are solid pieces of bone that are under MUCH higher strain than the couple vertabrae below his neck....



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:19 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

Peyton is a professional. He wouldn't want to deal with the childish Wrecks.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:09 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

Why did they post Manning's rookie picture?


Exactly. They have done that 3-4 times within the past 2 weeks when covering Manning. ?? Beats me, but I noticed it also.



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:21 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

Why did they post Manning's rookie picture?



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:59 am
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

dead or paralyzed...are you a doctor?...or has this place entitled you to make keen medical evaluations...



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:16 pm
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

I am just talking anout the decision to pick up Whitehurst at all shows some pretty bad talent evaluation, at least at the QB position. And then follow it up with T-Jack? They should have stayed with Hasselbeck and rode him until he couldn't stand up any longer.
Probably fair but also Hass was getting pretty fried looking his last year in Seattle.  I can't blame them for moving on but yeah Clipboard Jesus and especially T-Jack could not have been the best things out there.  I agree that they still have a lot of work to do in building the roster which is why them taking Manning doesn't make sense to me even if the obligatory Manning health disclaimer is not truly necessary.  He was still aging steadily and may not have even had another 5 seasons in the tank.  Now i think 2 is the very optimistic top and I dont think Seatle would have all the pieces in place before Manning's time was up.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:49 pm
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

I think that Manning would be a great fit or the Ravens. They have a great running game which would help big time. Very good receivers & if Manning gets his deep pass back could you imagine those passes to the fastest man in football Tory Smith. Descent O-line which is good enough to give Manning time to pass but its not like he needs the time when he gets rid of the ball fast. A very good defense which Manning has never had.

Even if Manning is only 80% of what he was could very well put the Ravens over the top & get them a Superbowl with as much talent on that team. An 80% Manning (over Flacco) on the Ravens this past season would have beat the Pats in the AFC championship & went to the Superbowl & possibly won.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

I think the best fit is with the ravens. They could sign Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne and let Joe Flacco walk.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:22 pm
 

Jaworski thinks Manning fits best with the Jets

This may be the latest chapter in that.  It is possible they asume Manning is done for..either he has taken his last snap...or the optimistic outlook is he will play 1 or 2 more seasons at an at best 75% of his prime.
I'm not necessarily saying the Seahawks should go after Manning. I am just talking anout the decision to pick up Whitehurst at all shows some pretty bad talent evaluation, at least at the QB position. And then follow it up with T-Jack? They should have stayed with Hasselbeck and rode him until he couldn't stand up any longer. Despite their bonehead moves at the QB position, they have built a pretty good secondary and decent front 7. Lynch has been a suprise that I wouldn't trust much past another year. But, even if they decided to pick up Manning, who would catch the ball? 


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