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Is Pennington a Playoff Caliber QB?

Does the Dolphins quarterback have what it takes to win playoff games?

Posted by Emil Steiner on January 1, 2009 8:35 AM
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delOH: The NYC media makes it very difficult for QB's to be successful. That goes for any quality player, in any league for that matter. Eli did it...

sernoff: Not directly on point, but Pennington offers one additional big benefit. He teaches his successors how to be a smart NFL quarterback. How ...

mo_dc: Pennington's one weakness - arm strength - was compounded by playing at the wind-machine called Giants stadium. Defenses would only have to...

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Samson151 Author Profile Page :

Is Pennington a playoff QB?

Sure he is. If you look at the stats generated by the others in the current playoffs, he's middling -- better than some, worse than others. The story is line is the vet coming back from adversity to lead his club beyond expectations. Think Kerry Collins, or Kurt Warner. Or Gus Frerotte if the Vikes hadn't dumped him (and we may see Gus again soon.)

You could say the first round breaks down to Crusty Warriors vs Young Turkeys. Only Peyton Manning and McNabb are there to represent in-their-prime NFL QBs.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed & Co. like to rattle the opposing QB. It's a big part of their game. But few are harder to rattle than Chad (Old Crusty personified). I wouldn't be surprised to see him loft a couple long balls over the secondary in the first half. Just to show them he can do it.

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

Is he a play off QB? That seems like a silly question seeing as he is in the playoffs already. This question might have made more sense at the beginning of the season, at which time I would have emphatically said "no way" and time would have proven me wrong. Also, who would have thought a year ago that the QB from Delaware would be in the NFL playoffs today...

keenan03 Author Profile Page :

In a League where Trent Dilfer can have the title "Super Bowl-winning quarterback," I think we can discard any attempt to refuse Chad Pennington the potential title "Playoff-Game Winning Quarterback." Obviously, the Dolphins can't try to win a playoff game on the arm or abilities of Chad Pennington. They have to hope that their D and their Wildcat/single wing offense can win the game and Pennington can avoid losing it. Let's face it: Wild Card weekend has one QB at the top of his profession (Manning) and the rest are rather middling (sorry Sampson, but McNabb is not in his prime). Some may be great in the future, but the NFL playoffs are not the place to be starting a rookie QB, no matter how good. So, despite being somewhere between mediocre and decent, Pennington may be the second or third best quarterback playing this weekend. Which says more about how hard it is to find a good QB in this league than the Fins' chances this weekend.

alex35332 Author Profile Page :

He will never be a MVP or anything but Chad's a serviceable QB. He plays smart and that is 90% of what you need to succeed

delOH Author Profile Page :

The NYC media makes it very difficult for QB's to be successful. That goes for any quality player, in any league for that matter. Eli did it, sure, on a hand-helmet sandwich never seen before catch. Who was before that in the last 20 years? Phil Simms on a wide right chip-shot. Chad's a quality QB. And like Kerry Collins, so very happy to be out of NYC. I'd be surprised if the Giants repeat, or even make the SB. The NYC media will make a sideshow out of Spagnuolo interviewing for head coaching jobs before the playoffs are over.

sernoff Author Profile Page :

Not directly on point, but Pennington offers one additional big benefit. He teaches his successors how to be a smart NFL quarterback. How much mentoring has come from the likes of Favre and Brady?

mo_dc Author Profile Page :

Pennington's one weakness - arm strength - was compounded by playing at the wind-machine called Giants stadium. Defenses would only have to cover half the field, which allowed 8 in the box without fear.

It was a bad match, that became worse after shoulder surgery, and only his strong positives kept him there the past 3 years. He's got the smarts, the guts, the intensity and leadership (don't let that "Aw, shucks" accent fool you - this guy has one of the best brains in the NFL).

A team with the strong running game and generally calm weather minimizes his need to throw downfield and capitalizes on his accuracy, good decision making, and leadership (except in yesterday's playoff loss). He IS a playoff-caliber QB with the other tools. This guy could be a top-notch coach when he's done, if he wants.

 
 
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