Guess which perpetually injured quarterback who has trouble throwing the ball more than 30 yards wants back on an NFL field? Chad Pennington of course! Even more shocking is that the Dolphins wouldn’t mind him back as an insurance option for Chad Henne, but they need to see if he can actually throw a 15 yard out route first. That’s right, they aren’t sure if he can hit a 15 yard out route because his arm/shoulder have been so shredded throughout his career. Isn’t that what you want in a backup quarterback?
Lets take a look at Chad’s injury history in his 9 seasons of pro football real quick:
2002 – Fracture/dislocation on his left (non-throwing) hand (missed 6 games)
2004 – Injured right rotator cuff (missed 4 games)
Feb 2005 – Surgery to repair substantial tear in the right rotator cuff, as well as a large bone spur.
Sept 2005 – Injured right rotator cuff.
Oct 2005 – Surgery to repair his right rotator cuff.
2007 – High ankle sprain (missed 1 game); benched after 8 games.
Sept 2009 – Injured right shoulder.
Oct 2009 – Surgery to repair labrum tear and shoulder capsule.
Wow…ok. If this was baseball, this guy would only be tossing balls for a rec league softball team. A guy who never had much arm strength to begin with, coming off his 3rd shoulder surgery, who has only played in 16 games twice in his career, seriously wants to give it another go? I dont want to be the bearer of bad news but, c’mon, read the tea leaves Chad.
Pennington needs to listen to his body more than his heart. He may have the desire to play still, but his body has already told him he just shouldn’t do it.
“When the Ravens played the Miami Dolphins’ ‘Wildcat’ offense – which splits out Chad Pennington as a receiver – [Coach John] Harbaugh said they tried to throw the Dolphins quarterback into the Gatorade on the sideline.”
Whoa Nellie! Keith Jackson says put your money on Gatorade beating Pennington every time.
Perhaps the Jets should buy Laveranues Coles a blowup doll of Chad Pennington. He could talk to it, lay with it and remember all the special times that he used to share with his good ol’ buddy.
Coles hasn’t gotten over the loss of Chad Pennington due to the arrival of Brett Favre. To his credit (?), he hasn’t been extremely vocal but he needs to get over it. He’s all broken up because the Jets decided to upgrade the QB position and give themselves a shot at the postseason.
“I don’t have a feel for him and he doesn’t have a feel for me,” Coles said yesterday of his on-field relationship with Favre. “That is one of the things I am going to have to deal with. In the past I’ve always known when the ball was coming. Now you don’t really know.”
Coles, who missed the four preseason games with a hamstring injury, has not sounded enthusiastic about having Favre as his quarterback and didn’t again yesterday, but he said Sunday that’s a product of loyalty toward Pennington.
Wah. Sorry the Jets decided to get a QB who can throw the ball more than seven yards. Sorry they decided to think about what was best for the team as opposed to Coles’ feelings. Next time the Jets decide to make a personnel move, Eric Mangini and Woody Johnson should come to Coles and ask how it would make him feel. Even Nicolas Anelka doesn’t want to hear it anymore.
There’s nothing wrong with being upset over losing a friend but Coles might want to remember that this is a business and not a support group. He has been seen laughing and talking with Favre and their lockers are next to each other.
If Coles wants to win, he’ll realize that Favre is the best chance he’ll ever have of accomplishing anything on the Jets. Then again he did request a trade to the Jets so he can’t be that interested in success. This is the same guy who whined about the lack of big plays on the Redskins yet wouldn’t get surgery to fix his toe. Maybe he doesn’t have chemistry with Favre because he missed the preseason. It’s your job to adjust so get on with it. No one wants to hear bitching about former teammates. It happens all the time. There are these things called phones and the interwebs. Learn them. Use them. Love them.
Maybe we’ve been too hard on Laveranues. We’ll leave you with a tribute to LC and his buddy CP.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants may be giving Chad Pennington a come hither look as they search for a viable backup for Eli Manning. They’ve looked at Anthony Wright, David Carr, Cleo Lemon and Todd Collins so far. Shane Folco and Cap Rooney are scheduled to work out in Albany next week.
Needless to say, Pennington was thrilled at the thought of staying in the swamps of East Rutherford. He held an open tryout at a local Jersey high school in an effort to get in front of his competition.
The arm of the Jets starting quarterback just aged 30 years. The body attached to it is different as well. Brett Favre has been traded to the Jets and not a minute too soon.
Jay Glazer reports that the Packers will receive a fourth-round pick but that could increase in value depending how the Jets do and how many snaps Favre takes this season. Should the Jets reach the Super Bowl and Farve reach a certain percentage of snaps, the pick could become a first-rounder.
Both teams released statements confirming the trade and licking his narcissistic ass. Finally we can hear the end of this absurd saga and focus on how much longer we have to go before an NFL player gets arrested. The college kids can’t keep this up much longer.
Mike Florio over at Pro Football Talk reports that the trade also has terms preventing the Jets from trading Favre to a NFC Central team. However there’s no reason the Jets couldn’t trade him elsewhere if they chose to do so. For the love of everything that’s holy, let’s hope Woody keeps Favre in the swampland he loves so much.
There is some collateral damage as a result of this bizarre couple of weeks and the trade. Chad Pennington and his eight year-old arm could be a casualty as the Jets need to make cap room to sign Favre. Who even knows the mental state of Aaron Rogers? Favre may be gone but the Green Bay fans let him know how they feel and the team has fucked with his emotions. The Packers organization’s rep has taken a hit over the wishy-washy, indecisive, bitch way they handled this drama. Let’s see how he deals with the New York press when they’re constantly on his ass after his first six interception game.