NFL great Peyton Manning turned out as one of the deciding factors in Trevor Siemian ultimately choosing the New York Jets.
Peyton Manning does it again.
The Manning-Adam Gase connection continues to do serious work in the land of the New York Jets. This time it’s related to the organization’s newest quarterback.
Trevor Siemian revealed that it was the future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback who helped him in the direction of Gase, via Ethan Greenberg of the Jets official website.
“I texted Peyton and just went back and forth with him, but he obviously thinks a lot of Coach Gase,” said Siemian, who was deciding to sign with either the Jets or the Vikings. “Being with some of the guys that were there in Denver when Coach Gase was there, before I had gotten there, they spoke really highly of him. That and a bunch of other reasons are why I’m here and I’m super excited.”
It’s been long understood that Manning served as a serious X-factor in the Jets hiring of Gase. The newest Jets sideline boss previously served as Manning’s offensive coordinator prior to a one-year Chicago Bears stint and his three-year run in Miami as the Dolphins head man.
Siemian, 27, is a man Jets fans never want to see on the field. Nothing personal. It rather has everything to do with Sam Darnold‘s health and continued development.
In 26 total games over three years in Denver, Siemian tossed 30 touchdowns to 24 interceptions to go along with 5,686 yards.
Stats aside, Siemian understands his New York role moving forward: Darnold’s backup.
“I’ve played a little bit,” he said. “I know he played with Josh (McCown) last year and that helped him a whole lot, but I’ve played a little bit and I have a little perspective. I’ve been in a few places, so I’m just hoping to chip in any way I can.”
Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian and Davis Webb is currently the quarterback order of the day for the New York Jets—thanks to Peyton Manning.