On the front page of Bleacher Report's NFL section, there is a poll asking which of the five rumored teams that Peyton Manning might go to would be the best fit for him. In second, behind the Colts, are the New York Jets. Last check, 27.4 percent of you think that Peyton and the Jets would be a good fit.
I understand the appeal. The thought of Peyton playing in New York in the same building as his brother Eli is a sexy one. Peyton Manning has been the face of the NFL. He has also been one of the best players in his position of all time.
With all the turmoil going on with the Colts and the fact that they are probably going to take Andrew Luck as the No. 1 overall pick, it looks like Peyton Manning and the Colts are heading for a divorce.
Even with all those things lining up in the Jets favor, I will go on record saying that Peyton will never be a Jet.
The Jets organization is in the middle of tearing itself apart. There is little to quality veteran leadership on this team that has not already turned on each other. The locker room is far from a good place in New York, and I don't think the addition of Peyton Manning will help that any. Coach Rex Ryan's bravado would clash with Peyton's quiet intensity before games.
Peyton is a fan of stability and relationships. A recent interview with the Indianapolis Star is especially telling. "I'm not in a very good place for healing, let's say that," Manning said of the Colts' practice facility. "It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change."
The Jets are not going through the same kind of complete change that the Colts are, but it would be a stretch to call them stable.
In reading the whole of the Indianapolis Star's story, you get a feeling that Manning is yearning for the stability the Colts had when they were winning 12 games a year. Manning is smart and is almost certainly aware of the problems with the Jets. Manning is soon to turn 36 and it would be hard to imagine him wanting to go through any rebuilding periods.
Will Peyton Manning be a Jet next year?
From a football perspective, the Jets are a team that is on the decline. New York Jets fans and even members of team are quick to blame Mark Sanchez for the team's problems. Even though Sanchez has been less-than-stellar this year, he is far from the only problem with the team.
The last couple years you could argue that the Jets were a quarterback away from a title. Not anymore. The Jets' once vaunted defense lost a step or three.
Shonn Greene has grossly underperformed as a feature back and future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is far past his prime. The receiving corps are led by the talented Santonio Holmes... who has proven this year that he is nothing but a quitter.
At this stage of his career, Peyton Manning is playing for another title. Joining the Jets does not give Peyton an instant shot at a title next year. A healthy Peyton will make them better, but it won't make them Super Bowl better. Peyton will settle for nothing less.