Peyton Manning: Jim Irsay Drama Is a Great Sign for the New York Jets
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It's the latest step towards the exit out of Indy.
Before this, Manning had been shocked to find out Irsay fired the person responsible for his career with the Colts, vice chairman Bill Polian. It was multiplied by the firing of the team's GM and Polian's son, Chris.
It appears the writing is on the wall, and that translates into a golden opportunity for Gang Green.
New York's need for a great quarterback comes on the heels of Mark Sanchez and the Jets missing the playoffs this past season. Sanchez clearly hasn't improved under former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
But now the St. Louis Rams have rescued Sanchez from Schotty, and he could have a chance with a new offensive guru in 2012. Then we'd really get to see who's the problem then, or if it's a combination of the two.
Problem for Sanchez is that the Jets are one of the front runners to land Manning, considering they're one of the best teams in need of a top quarterback. Manning isn't looking for a re-building situation, and the Jets have made the AFC Championship in two of the last three seasons.
Manning wouldn't solve all of their problems, but he would certainly be a major improvement to the team. Sanchez could be a victim in the deal, along with draft picks as far as the eye can see.
Peyton's brother Eli is the quarterback of the Giants and could be a free endorsement for the Jets to Peyton. The media frenzy that having both Mannings in New York would create is as unimaginable as Peyton being comfortable with it.
It remains to be seen if Peyton will even have a choice in where he goes. The bad blood brewing between he and his owner makes me doubtful that this matter will be handled with nothing but civility. If not, it could be a big blow for the Jets. They don't have the best package to offer by far, other than a chance to win.
I'm not going to go into the possible trade scenarios from the different teams around the league because it's so early in this developing saga.
But Peyton Manning is as good as done with Indianapolis, and that makes the Jets a possible suitor for his services.
At this point in the process, that's all that matters.
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