Whether you love or hate Rex Ryan, everyone can agree that he is out of his mind. While it's his craziness that makes him so endearing and likable to the fan base and the Jets, it's going to get in the way of him trading for one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Ryan's struggles against Manning and the "it's personal" comment make it no secret that Ryan knows exactly what Manning brings. It's not his respect for Manning's game or even his neck issues that would make this trade problematic—it's Mark Sanchez.
Ryan traded up to hand select Sanchez. He's taken the team to the AFC Championship multiple times and while some would argue that Sanchez is the reason they never got to the Super Bowl, he's only 25 years old.
Sanchez is Ryan's guy, which makes it no surprise that according to RotoWorld, Ryan said,
"We've got our quarterback. That's it. (Sanchez) is our quarterback. There's no doubt about that."
This is typical Rex. Loyalty is a pivotal part of the way that team operates. The Jets are a different breed and they've taken on the mentality of their coach. His players would run through a brick wall for him and the second that doesn't ring true, all is lost in New York.
Ryan isn't going to go running to Manning. Would it help their chances of getting to the Super Bowl in the next two years? Absolutely.
Sanchez may never be an elite quarterback and Manning is that right now, but putting all of his eggs in Manning's basket would be counterproductive.
Ryan believes in stopping the run and running the ball. Adding an elite quarterback into the mix isn't going to help either of those efforts.
While many will see New York as the perfect fit for Manning and a three-team trade that would bring Manning in and send Sanchez to a third party is entirely possible, Ryan isn't going to part ways with his guy.
Some will call him crazy for sticking with Sanchez and not rolling the dice with Manning—and Ryan will be fine with that.
It's hard to believe that Manning could very well go on the block, but the temptation to take Andrew Luck may be too great for the Colts.
They are going to have plenty of suitors if they choose to part ways with "the Sheriff," but you can scratch the Jets off the list of potential suitors.
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