Forget It Jets Fans

I don’t think a lot of fans are surprised that the Colts have decided to cut Peyton Manning.  Peyton’s contract included a $28-million bonus that would have been triggered if he had remained on the roster. Considering that fact that he had multiple neck surgeries over the past 12 months and hasn’t played a down of football, Indianapolis did the responsible thing. But, now we have Jets fans everywhere clamoring for Peyton Manning and expecting him to be wearing green next year. If you are one of those, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Let’s start with the obvious, the Jets put a lot of faith and money into Mark Sanchez. Sure, “The Sanchize” has his faults, but his completion percentage, number of touchdowns and QB rating have increased every year he has been in the league. I recognize that the Jets would throw him over in an instant for an established superstar at QB, but is Peyton that guy right now?  Until he puts on the pads and shows he can throw like he did against NFL-caliber competition the guy is a huge question mark.  And, even if he can compete in this league, the Jets need to make sure he will take them to the Super Bowl and nothing less if they are going to sign him.  After all, Peyton has maybe five years left in his career, Sanchez could have fifteen.

But the real reason that Peyton Manning won’t become a Jet doesn’t have anything to do with the team.  It has to do with his brother. Put yourself in Peyton’s shoes for a second. You are one of the greatest QB’s in the game, but questions linger over your destiny. Start with the questions about whether or not you are a pressure player because you haven’t won a lot of playoff games. Follow those up with the idea popular in a lot of circles recently that your YOUNGER brother, Eli, is the better QB because he has two Super Bowl rings.*  Considering that, would you sign a contract with a team that forces you to face those questions every single day?

And that’s the harsh reality for the idea of Peyton as a Jet- every day he would be compared to Eli and until he won the Super Bowl it wouldn’t end. And don’t forget, the Jets’ biggest rival is New England.  Every time the Jets lost to New England, Peyton would hear about how his brother owns the Patriots and he can’t beat them. Do you think he is going to sign up for that when he could go to Miami or some other place out of the searing spotlight and rebuild his career?

I spent a long time trying to think of an historical precedent for the Peyton situation.  A-Rod to the Yankees doesn’t work because Manning has a title. Ditto that for LeBron to the Heat. Gretzky and Montana were already considered the best at their positions and had multiple titles when they moved on. From an accomplishment standpoint, Brett Favre is probably the best fit, but Favre actually retired and then started team hopping. So this is uncharted territory here and Peyton now has a chance to change the way history judges him.  Pick the right place and he wins another title which puts him in the conversation of the greatest QB’s ever  Maybe I am judging him unfairly, but I can’t imagine he will try and accomplish that with the added distraction of competing with his brother.


*So here’s my two cents on this whole issue of where Eli rates as a QB.  If you ask me who is the better QB, I will tell you Peyton.  If you ask me who is the guy I want with the ball in his hands and the game on the line, I say Eli. And of all the QB’s in the NFL history, Eli has to be close to the top of the list of guys you want in that situation. Ken Stabler, Joe Montana, Eli, maybe Roger Staubach, I can’t think of a lot of other guys in that conversation. Don’t get me wrong Pats fans, Tom Brady is amazing, but I think we can all agree that Eli is the guy you want with the ball when the pressure is on.

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  • blmeanie  On March 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    wow, totally enjoyed your post until the end. The fact that Eli won two games by a hair each against Brady has you not even including Brady in your list of all-timers you want with the game on the line? Way off. Way off.

    Peyton needs to play in a dome, he should only seek out teams in domes IMO. BTW – Miami’s biggest rival also is NE and the fact is they would be in same position as Jets.

    Put manning in New Orleans after Brees is thrown out of town for turning down $18m per, and with that system and those receivers he does as well as Brees would have. Of course, some of the top receivers won’t be around and the coach will be suspended so the system may fall apart…

    Put Manning in Minnesota or Seattle, better (if healthy) than what either of them have.

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Right, but in MIami he doesn’t have his younger brother playing in the same town. Whenever he loses to the Pats fans will bring up Eli, but it is different if he is sitting in the locker room on the other side of the stadium as opposed to 1,200 miles away.

  • blmeanie  On March 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    yeah but Peyton would never go to compete (in the media) with Eli so the Jets option is out.

  • MItchell  On March 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    If I had to choose, today, between Brady and Eli in my last two minutes – it would surely be Eli. He wins and has done so the last two BIG games in which he’s faced Brady & Co. As much as some would like to deny or diminsh that reality, they can’t.

    Brady is one of the greats – and so is Eli – but Brady is starting to fade while Eli is just hitting his peak.

  • blmeanie  On March 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    the quote from Peter though was:

    “And of all the QB’s in the NFL history, Eli has to be close to the top of the list of guys you want in that situation. Ken Stabler, Joe Montana, Eli, maybe Roger Staubach, I can’t think of a lot of other guys in that conversation. Don’t get me wrong Pats fans, Tom Brady is amazing, but I think we can all agree that Eli is the guy you want with the ball when the pressure is on.”

    My objection, to both of you, is that you are comparing current Brady to current Eli (still not 100% sold on that btw). But Peter’s comment is that in the All-Time land that Brady doesn’t measure up to Eli in his opinion. Sorry, that is an ignorant statement. Seriously? Stabler, Eli, Staubach vs Brady? I’d take Brady all day long.

    Prior to that quote was about Eli vs. Peyton. Eli wins because he has more rings now than Peyton although Peyton, sans titles, has accomplished a whole lot more.

    Why wouldn’t Brady’s rings trump Eli? Curious.

    • nysportsfanatic  On March 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      I am not trying to diminish Brady’s history. Brady is the guy with the better career and he has more rings as you point out. But in that very specific set of circumstances, I want Eli right now in 2012. Brady should have made my list specifically, he was part of the “a lot of other guys in that conversation.”

      And, as I said in the post, Peyton has a better career over Eli, even with only one ring. But it is starting to look a lot like A-Rod to Jeter.

  • Mitchell  On March 8, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Quoting me, “If I had to choose today …” – I would choose Eli. I stand by my choice – for today.

    I also iterate my quote, “Brady is one of the greats” – because he is and always will be. His recent failures may cloud some people’s memories of Brady – but not mine. The guy has the rings to prove it – as Peter just typed.

    HOWEVER: his Gisele-mandated hair thing was an embarrassment. A Wolverine should know better than to let a severely self-entitled female dictate his hair length or cut. C’mon Tom, really? That’s your answer about your hair, “talk to my wife”. Really? (LOL)

    And no, Peyton should not consider the Jets. He’d be too smart and too experienced to be on the same team or in the same room with Rex Ryan. 😉

  • blmeanie  On March 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    ok, fair comebacks. Though Peter I still think in your all-time sentence you said you would pick Eli over all of them (whether you included Brady or not).

    I wouldn’t pick Eli over Montana, or Brady just yet. Staubach, Stabler, Bradshaw, Elway all would be second tier with Eli in my opinion.

    Totally different conversation if Eli wins one or more additional rings.

    The hair thing- cannot do anything but shake my head and agree.

  • nysportsfanatic  On March 8, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I heard Giselle referred to on the radio as the Yoko Ono of the Patriots. That made me laugh.

  • blmeanie  On March 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    now as a diehard beatles fan I can comment on that as well. The Beatles, unlike Brady, won championships (great music) after their Yoko came on the scene…

  • Mitchell  On March 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Now there’s a perfect parallel: Yoko? Yoko was the beginning of the end for John’s brilliance with The Beatles – just as Gisele is now the beginning of the end for Brady.

    As Sam Kinsion said: “I don’t worry about terrorism. I was married for
    two years.” LOL.

    “I’ll be right there, dear” … sorry, gotta go guys. Bye. 😉


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