Chad Pennington?

There’s no suspense over what the Jets plan to do with Chad Pennington now that they’ve acquired Brett Favre – GM Mike Tannenbaum ended that by announcing Pennington would be cut today. He then unleashed the usual spiel about how sad everyone is and blah blah:

It’s a bittersweet moment for us. I have not had the opportunity to talk to Chad as of this call. I know [coach] Eric [Mangini] has. I have all the respect in the world for Chad as a person and a player. We have accomplished a lot of great things with Chad, including winning playoff games, which is very hard to do. He gave his heart and soul to this organization for a long, long time. I really appreciate everything he has done.

Pennington has had some nice years, but he’s had lots of injuries and it’s generally agreed that his arm-strength falls somewhere between Brad Johnson and Kelly Holcomb. Still, he’s younger than Gus Frerotte by a couple of years, and would seem a nice West Coast fit given his accuracy and high football IQ. He’ll certainly shop himself around once he’s cut. If he can’t find a guaranteed starting job somewhere (and there really aren’t any to be had), he might be amenable to backing up Tarvaris Jackson, a guy whose starter status could be on shaky ground before too long.

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  • Vance the Vike

    Absolute;y pick up CP. I always told a friend he was better than what his soft O-lines let him show. I had thought he would have been a great fit in Minn. Comparing him to Ho;comb’s arm strength  is overcome by Chad making better with his short and mid range throws. He played tough with a crappy team but he has the experience and that might be enough to move the Vikes passing game. I would give him a fair shaje at winning the starting nod and let’s see if Chad can work with a better O-line. We have “to see” if T-joke has learn from his 12 starts. I feel more comfortable “to see” of Chad can win behind and establised line. Wouldn’t that be a slap to the Bushers and NY sludgers to see Pennington lead the Vikes to a remarkable season while Rodgers and Farve get picked off and lead their teams to mediocrity.
    Bring on Chad and dump Bollinger and Gus * sorry Gus, but youth be served). Bring Boots along and see if T-jaxoff can win his job with real competition