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    SULLIVAN: REX RYAN OPEN TO IDEA OF PURSUING PEYTON MANNING

    SULLIVAN: REX RYAN OPEN TO IDEA OF PURSUING PEYTON MANNING

    Excerpt: "Rex Ryan surrendered his usual Combine procedure this time around, refusing to
    issue another empty Super Bowl guarantee from the Indianapolis lectern that
    hosted his boasting this time last year.

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    The Jets’ coach is working feverishly to push the needle away from the
    disappointing, no-playoff story line of the 2011 season he had guaranteed would
    take the final Super Bowl step beyond two straight losses in the AFC
    Championship game. And he’s decided the smartest route away from the bombast
    that defined his first three years in charge is to stop issuing the type of
    championship proclamations hindsight now tells him layered too much pressure for
    his players to handle.</p>


    “First off, no promises,” Ryan promised.</p>


    But before he could finish off his 15-minute media session, Ryan found
    another convenient way to change the conversation of last year’s disaster. When
    the coach, along with his boss Mike Tannenbaum, declined to make any promise
    they would not pursue Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, the door on the NFL’s
    craziest road show swung open once again. These Woody Johnson Jets have long led
    the league in good theater, if not in good football, and their willingness to
    dive headfirst into the potentially imminent Manning pool has delivered our next
    act.</p>


    “Are you talking about my son or some other Peyton?” Ryan quipped when the
    subject of Manning was first brought up, when he was asked why despite multiple
    opportunities, he has not ruled out the possibility of subbing out incumbent
    starter Mark Sanchez for the four-time MVP, but injury-riddled Manning?</p>


    Manning’s oversized contract and unknown health status are all but certain to
    get him released by the Colts, and while Ryan won’t make promises, he still can
    make headlines.</p>


    “Peyton’s under contract to another team, so I can’t talk about him
    specifically,” Ryan said. “But with our organization, we’ll look at anyone.
    There’s a list of 10 free agent quarterbacks I’ve looked at. In my opinion, we
    have the best cornerback [Darrelle Revis] in the history of cornerbacks
    alongside Deion Sanders, and we’re still looking at corners. We will do our due
    diligence by looking at every player regardless of position. We will always do
    what’s in the best interest of our organization; for us that means we’re going
    to be prepared, and we’re going to look at all the possibilities.”</p>


    Suddenly, it feels an awful lot like 2008, when Johnson’s star-crossed
    ownership eyes fell in love with Brett Favre, so he ordered the franchise to
    trade for Favre and discard incumbent Chad Pennington. When the aging Favre’s
    shoulder fell apart, the season, and the tenure of coach Eric Mangini, went down
    with him. That begat the Ryan-Sanchez era, and despite four road playoff wins
    and two AFC title appearances across its first two seasons, the 2011 dysfunction
    of a splintered offense and fractured locker room suddenly have changed the
    discussion. Those Jet knees are jerking again, and they’re aimed straight at
    Sanchez’s back.</p>


    “Mark is his own worst critic. He wants to be great and that’s what we like
    about Mark. We’re fortunate he’s our starter,” Tannenbaum said. “With that said,
    he has to play better. He has to play more consistent. We think he will
    regardless who’s behind him. Over the next couple months, could our quarterback
    position as a whole look different? Absolutely. We’ll see how the off-season
    unfolds.”</p>


    No promises. Continued professions of Sanchez belief aside, this still has
    the makings of Favre Part II, because the Jets always are seduced by these
    famous guys." Read more...
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    Re: SULLIVAN: REX RYAN OPEN TO IDEA OF PURSUING PEYTON MANNING

    Ryan also wanted Favre to stay. This doesn't at all surprise me. IMO Rex Ryan isn't really going to be loyal to anyone on offense, even a QB, just because he is a defensive guy, and whatever can alleviate pressure off his D, he is open to.

    Barring major health issues, I think we can all say that Manning is a better option than Sanchez. Manning would command respect, and be a leader by example, and vocally. Something Sanchez can't do.

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