Earlier reports today stated that Chad had won the starting job in New York. Not so fast...(not that anyone outside of NY cares either)
Cheer up Patrick Ramsey, Kellen Clemens and Brooks Bollinger. The Jets' starting quarterback job could still be yours after all.
A source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN that a Newark Star-Ledger report that Chad Pennington had won New York's starting quarterback job was incorrect.
The source told ESPN that no decision has been made yet about who would start against Tennessee in the season opener.
The Newark Star-Ledger, citing a team official with knowledge of the Jets' plans, reported Wednesday that Pennington had won New York's starting job.
New coach Eric Mangini began training camp with a four-way competition for the job, with Pennington competing against Ramsey, Clemens and Bollinger.
"We're surprised at the progress he's made," the official told the newspaper. "No one expected him to be this far along this early." The official told the Star-Ledger that Pennington surprised the organization with his arm strength and accuracy early on in camp.
Pennington was far from crisp when the Jets opened camp, but has made progress each day.
"I have been really happy with Chad's progress," Mangini told reporters Tuesday. "He has strung together some good practices."
Ramsey, the former Redskins starter, was acquired by the Jets in an offseason trade. Clemens, a rookie second-round pick out of Oregon, has the strongest arm of the bunch. Bollinger started when Pennington went down last season, but had a remote chance of winning the job.
After getting a $64 million deal as the franchise quarterback in 2004, nothing has gone right for Pennington. Once hailed as the face of the franchise, this could be his final season in a Jets uniform if he fails to win the starting job.
He initially tore his right rotator cuff during the 2004 season but played through it, and ended up having surgery in early 2005. But it is now apparent the Jets rushed him back so he could be ready for the start of last season. He only had six months between his surgery and the start of camp.
Pennington hurt his rotator cuff again in the third week of the season, and questions were asked about his durability.
Still, the seven-year veteran restructured his contract in the offseason to make it more salary-cap friendly in the hopes of getting his job back.
Penny has more to lose than anyone in this situation. I saw an interview on Monday on ESPN with Penny and Ramsey and both said that Mangini was adamant about it being an open competition. I think it's still a 2 horse race though.
I think Pennington will start the season, but be replaced by not Ramsey, but Clemens. I think Chad will get hurt again, and I think Ramsey will also get hurt early. Leaving Clemens to play the season, starting in week 7 . JMO
mrblitz wrote:I think Pennington will start the season, but be replaced by not Ramsey, but Clemens. I think Chad will get hurt again, and I think Ramsey will also get hurt early. Leaving Clemens to play the season, starting in week 7 . JMO
I don't know much about Clemens but what about Bollinger?
Not that anyone could really impress given their offensive woes, but Bollinger looked decent when he was handed the reigns. Outside of a four intereception game against Carolina, his numbers aren't all that bad, considering. Still, his skill set doesn't suggest that he has starting material.
I just hope whoever it is can throw Coles the ball. Ramsey starting would increase Coles' value in my book. They hooked up more than a couple times back when they were with Washington. Of course Pennington and Coles were hooking up even before that, in 2002. But Pennington just can't stay healthy enough to win games. By week 6 when the Jets are making their QB changes they are already out of the playoff hunt.
Unless Pennington is damaged so badly that he can barely throw a decent pass I think he will be able to win this job pretty easily. Still, the Jets QB situation isn't even radar worthy in fantasy football. Ramsey is a bum and so is Bollinger. Clemens can't possibly be ready.