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I think Chad Pennington is absolutely a playoff-caliber quarterback, and the primary reason why could be seen in sharp relief in the regular-season finale against the Jets. I was watching that game, and sort of comparing Pennington and Favre, and it occurred to me all over again - Pennington doesn't waste throws. He's smart, efficient, and he knows the offense. He's mistake-proof, as any Bill Parcells quarterback needs to be. While Favre was slopping stuff all over the place, Pennington was crisp and cool, taking the ball down the field.
I wrote about Miami's Week 7 loss to the Ravens this week, and in reviewing that game, what stood out to me was that Pennington could get repeatable throws off, and could sustain drives, against what is probably the NFL's best defense. The Ravens were all set up for the Wildcat, but they couldn't stop Pennington and his array of short passes and shotgun sweeps. The Dolphins don't have elite receivers - which makes Pennington's accomplishments this year all the more impressive - and they use their tight ends as well as any team. It all starts with the guy the Jets jettisoned in favor of a quarterback who's now back in Mississippi, getting ready to unleash another torturous retirement miniseries, because he's the better fit for his offense and his team. No question in my mind that Chad Pennington can lead his team deep into the playoffs. If not this year's Dolphins team, watch out next year...
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Posted by: Iowahoosier | January 2, 2009 12:12 PM
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