Peyton Manning to Jets: 5 Reasons the Quarterback Is Not a Good Fit

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJanuary 11, 2012

Peyton Manning to Jets: 5 Reasons the Quarterback Is Not a Good Fit

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    With the hiring of former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator, the Jets have made a bold statement.

    Change is coming in the Big Apple. 

    After taking a huge step back this season, the franchise is losing faith in Mark Sanchez. The three-year pro had a career-high 26 turnovers this year, and he is yet to take the next step as the team's franchise quarterback.

    The Jets are questioning if they can actually win a Super Bowl with Sanchez under center, and with future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning reportedly available, they are seriously considering making a massive change.

    However, Manning does not come without risk. Here are five reasons why the four-time NFL MVP is a bad fit with the Jets. 


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    Perhaps the biggest flaw of Peyton Manning is his age.

    The former No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 Draft is 36, and is currently the oldest starting quarterback in the league. 

    Manning is well out of his prime, and he only has a few years left in the tank. 

    The Jets will need to trade a slew of draft picks and young talent to acquire Manning, who is likely to only give Gang Green three years of solid play.

    Is it really worth it?

Injury Concerns

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    Throughout his amazing career, Peyton Manning has been able to avoid the injury bug.

    Until now.

    The All-Pro quarterback has not stepped on an NFL field in over a year, as he has dealt with a serious neck injury. 

    Manning's 2012 status is still up in the air, and no one knows if the health concerns will hamper his performance.

    New York is going to give away a batch of young talent and draft picks for a player that might not even play in a game next season?

Lack of Playoff Success

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    Even with all of his MVP awards and Pro Bowl appearances, Peyton Manning has been unable to consistently succeed in the postseason. 

    The Tennessee product is just 9-10 all-time in the playoffs, and his numbers have been significantly lower in big games. 

    In the postseason, Manning has thrown just 29 touchdowns compared to 19 interceptions. His completion percentage and passer rating are also below his usual standards.

    Mark Sanchez has thrown nine touchdowns and just three picks in six career playoff games, and his numbers have been significantly better in January. 

    Manning is also just 5-9 in his career against Tom Brady, including 1-2 in the postseason. Mark Sanchez has a 3-4 record when matched up against Brady, including a 1-0 record in the playoffs.

    If the Jets want to achieve the ultimate goal and win a Super Bowl, how can they trust a star who is synonymous with postseason failure? 

What About 'Ground and Pound'?

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    New York's philosophy under Rex Ryan has been to run the football well and play great defense.

    In Ryan's first two seasons, the philosophy worked. In 2009, Gang Green had the best rushing offense and total defense in the NFL.

    In 2010, the Jets had the forth best running game football and the third best defense.

    Both seasons, New York advanced to the AFC Championship game.

    In 2011, the Jets were just the 22nd best running team in football, while ranking just 22nd in defending the run. The result, an 8-8 season.

    New York has proved that "Ground and Pound" is an effective philosophy, as they have been able to win tough road games in January with a dominant running attack and stifling defense. 

    The franchise should not look to make a change at the quarterback position, but instead make big changes on the offensive line and defensive front.

There Are Other Options

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    Why give a bevy of prospects and future talent to acquire Peyton Manning, when there are better options in free agency?

    Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell and Vince Young are all younger, cheaper options. Yes, all three pose some risk.

    Flynn is unproven, having started only two games in his professional career.

    Campbell is coming off a major collarbone injury, and may be hindered by health concerns.

    Young has some character problems and might not be a good fit in an already divided Jets locker room. 

    However, Manning is an even bigger risk, as he faces significant health and age concerns. 

    New York would ultimately be a better team with a decent, young starting quarterback who can manage the game and not commit key turnovers. 

    This would allow the imposing defense and running game of the Jets to dominate, and lead them to the promised land for seasons to come. 

    Is the risk of acquiring Peyton Manning really worth the potential reward?

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