INDIANAPOLIS — Plaxico Burress tossed a gorgeous touchdown pass to a 10-year-old wideout and ambled off the field at Friday’s NFL Play 60 event inside the Indiana Convention Center.
Beyond the end zone, surrounded by innocent young ones, the receiver talked about the state of the Jets in the wake of reports painting New York’s locker room as a crumbling disaster zone.
“I think we’ll be fine,” Burress said. “You know, I think the Jets will rebound. They’ll make some moves. Mike Tannenbaum is one of the best GMs in all of football. They’ll make the decisions to get the right people and get that train on the right track, and I think they’ll be just fine.”
I asked Burress if Mark Sanchez, criticized from within the locker room for his shaky play down the stretch, can evolve into a franchise quarterback for the Jets.
“Mark can play better,” Burress said. “You know, I know him. Going into this offseason coming up, those quarterbacks and receivers have the opportunity to work together. I know that he doesn’t like the way that he went out and the way that he played, and I’m positive that he’ll work hard in the offseason. He’ll get better as a quarterback, no doubt about it.”
The Convention Center is flooded with fans bouncing around in Peyton Manning jerseys, so I asked Burress how he’d feel about the Jets going after the star passer if he hit the open market.
“Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever to play this game. Period. Right now. And, you know, Tom Brady — they’re 1A and 1B,” Burress said. “So, I don’t know what will happen. I think he’ll retire as an Indianapolis Colt, that’s just my personal feeling. … I think he’ll play elite football for another five, six years, whatever it may be, and he’ll retire an Indianapolis Colt.”
– Marc Sessler