With only a week or so left before the NFL opens up training camps, a former New York Jets QB gives his view on Todd Bowles.
When the New York Jets traded Keyshawn Johnson after the 1999 season, the Jets had collected an NFL record four first round draft picks. Along with drafting game breaking defensive players John Abraham and Shawn Ellis, the New York Jets also selected TE Anthony Becht.
Jets Draft Pennington
The other player that New York Jets selected in the first round that season was Chad Pennington. Pennington had an excellent career at Marshall University. Pennington teamed with soon-to be hall of fame WR Randy Moss at Marshall to lead the Thundering Hurd back to success in the last 90s. Pennington led Marshall to even greater heights in his last two seasons, leading them to a 25-1 record and two Bowl victories.
Pennington Likes Bowles
In an interview with “Good Morning Football” last week, Pennington stated that he liked Bowles and hoped that the New York Jets would give him a chance to learn from the mistakes that have plagued him and the Jets the last few seasons.
“My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don’t pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they’re getting rid of him because of the lack of success,” Pennington said. “He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year was an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has.”
Very Good Career with Jets
Pennington played eight seasons with the Jets, going 32-29 overall as a starter. Overall he had 82 TD with 55 INT finishing with 27 more TD than INT which is the best in team history. His performance in 2002, when he took over for Vinny Testaverde after the Jets had started 1-3, led the Jets to their 2nd and final AFC East title. Pennington threw for 22 TD while being intercepted just five times in leading the Jets to a 8-4 record.
Pennington Prefers McCown
Along with believing in Bowles as head coach, Pennington also said that he trust Josh McCown and his veteran leadership. The Jets signed McCown in the offseason from Cleveland to provide them with a veteran leader that can step in immediately, something Pennington thinks is vital.
“Having Josh McCown in the quarterback room is essential. He was a teammate of mine in Miami. (He’s an) amazing person, so for anybody to be able to go in there and stabilize the room, Josh can do that,” Pennington said.
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