Jets coach Rex Ryan sang Peyton Manning’s praises but left no doubt that the Jets would not pursue the future Hall of Famer if he becomes available this offseason according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“There’s no way that we’re looking to replace Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on ESPN radio on Monday. “There’s no doubt… If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take…. Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I’d take Peyton Manning over anybody. I’m not saying that….. I’m not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you’re looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation. Is he going to get better, he absolutely is. Is he perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination right now. …. But we think he has the ability to be special.”
“Peyton Manning…. I’ve said from Day One that I think he’s the best quarterback in the National Football League,” Ryan added. “I even put him over Tom Brady. So, of course, I recognize that Peyton Manning is an unbelievable quarterback. Do I think it’s even a consideration for us? No, I don’t.”