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Season will hang on Pennington’s arm this year

jets.jpgIt may not be the strongest in the league but Chad Pennington’s arm may be counted on as much as any other in the league. Chad has been ripped by the media and fans for years because of his lack of arm strength and mostly his inability to stay on the field. People want a guy who has a rocket for an arm and can launch balls across the field. When you don’t have that kind of strength then you have to prove yourself to people by having good timing and accuracy. Last year Chad had little of both which can lead to 17 T.D.’s and 16 Int’s in 2006. One thing did improve last season which was his health as he started all 16 games last season.

With all that said people still want to see Pennington succeed in the organization because if he fails then most likely the hopes of the playoffs go down with Chad Pennington. All Pennington has to do is show up as he did last season and they will have a shot at the wild card. As last season they won 10 games with him being very average. Now, if they want the division he has to step up and reduce his interceptions but he might not have to improve his T.D.’s as Thomas Jones will help in that department. I say this assuming he can stay on the field for majority of the games. This is key more then anything do to the lack of talent or experience behind him. If he goes out for more then three games then the division disappears and the wild card fades fast. When your backups are Kellen Clemens and Marques Tuiasosopo you tend to think like that.

If Chad were to go down this is how things would happen afterward. A unheard of backup comes out to replace Pennington and throws twice as many Int’s as T.D.’s leaving defenses to throw every guy they can in the box to bottle up Jones. Wide-outs get bored running routes and never touching the ball as the opposing teams defense racks up more receptions then the Jets own receivers. Then as all hope is lost the ball starts to never leave the backfield. Either the QB is sacked or the running back just never had a chance to make a move. Finally the season will be over and the Jets will be looking at a high draft pick and looking back at a disappointing season.

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