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The Jets Are Going Back To The Future

By Kevin Leary, Jr.

It looks like the Jets are taking a trip down memory lane with regard to Mark Sanchez’s new tutor, former Jets QB Chad Pennington.

Pennington, having played for both the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, is reportedly helping Sanchez learn the new system and terminology that former Miami Dolphins head coach and new Jets Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano will be utilizing next season. The two have met more than once for classroom type information sessions to help Sanchez accustom himself to the new style and plays that Sanchez will have to execute come August.

The pairing was initiated at the request of Sanchez who wanted to get a jump on the upcoming season. Ideally, Sanchez should have been learning and working through this new playbook with the man in charge of the system itself, Tony Sparano, but due to the new rules in the collective bargaining agreement signed last offseason, players and coaches are barred from meeting until the official start of the offseason programs on April 16 of this year. This turn of events forced Sanchez to think outside of the box and contact Pennington.

As a former Jets and Dolphins QB who is comfortable with both teams’ respective offensive systems, Pennington couldn’t be a better fit as mentor for the fourth year QB. Pennington led the Jets to the playoffs multiple years, earning them the AFC Eastern Division Championship in 2002.

But, Pennington suffered from multiple shoulder injuries throughout his tenure with the Jets, and was eventually traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2008. He would go on to lead the Dolphins offense during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, also leading them to the AFC Eastern Division title in 2008.

This combination of knowledge with both the Jet’s and Dolphin’s playbooks, gives Pennington a unique ability to help and prepare Sanchez for the trials that come when switching from one offensive model to another.

This new development comes at a time when Miami Dolphin QB and free agent Chad Henne is being considered by the New York Jets as a possible acquisition. Henne would be added to the roster as a veteran backup who could possibly motivate Sanchez, who most critics agree regressed last season, by challenging him for the starting position at QB.

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3 Responses to “The Jets Are Going Back To The Future”

  1. Old Rogue says:

    So where’s the part about the Jets going back to the future? I can’t see that the Jets have gone anywhere; this is all Mark Sanchez.

    How about some straightforward headlines for a change?
    This isn’t the Daily News.

  2. Roni says:

    Good stuff.

  3. JD says:

    Pennington did not get traded to the Dolphins, he was released by the Jets to make room for Brett Favre and then the Dolphins signed Pennington.

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