QB Chad Pennington - Miami Dolphins
|6-3, 225||Born: 6-26-1976||College: Marshall||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
2010 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / 2 / 19 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After a year on the bench, Pennington got the start, threw 2 passes, collected a hefty bonus check for being the starter, then proceeded to hurt his shoulder, in what is feared to be a season-ending dislocation.
2009 Week 1 vs ATL (21 / 29 / 176 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was a frustrating day for Pennington because his wide receivers could not get open downfield and second-year "stud" LT Jake Long got abused by John Abraham and Kroy Biermann for three sacks. The result was Pennington getting forced out of the pocket multiple times. His longest completion came off a trick play where he pitched the ball to Ronnie Brown, who threw it back to Pennington and the QB then completed the ball to No. 2 TE Joey Haynos for a 21-yard catch and run. He sealed the Dolphins' fate in this game with an interception thrown to LB Mike Peterson who read the QB staring down Anthony Fasano from the time his TE released from the slot. Pennington's one score was a play action pass to Ricky Williams who sold the run fake so well that he slipped into the flat uncovered for a nine-yard score when the game was effectively over. With Jake Long struggling and the receivers unable to get open on routes more than 10 yards downfield, Pennington is a QB to downgrade even as a reserve.
2009 Week 2 vs IND (22 / 33 / 183 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Pennington yielded to Ronnie Brown and wildcat for 12 snaps, the most the Dolphins have ever run in a game, but he still threw 33 passes, most of them short targets to Ted Ginn, Davone Bess, and Greg Camarillo. Pennington threw a perfect deep pass to Ginn in the first half that he didn't extend for and let fall harmlessly to the ground in the end zone, and he gave Ginn a chance to win the game on a jumpball that Ginn got his hands on in the late fourth quarter. He was calm in the pocket, making great decisions, and his interception was on a desperation play to end the Dolphins final possession. This loss is definitely not on Pennington.
2009 Week 3 vs SD (8 / 12 / 54 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Putting aside any stats or any performance issues with Pennington in this game for a moment, clearly the most significant news on him was the shoulder injury he suffered. Pennington, who has a history of serious shoulder issues after two major surgeries, was hit hard and then landed on his shoulder following a pass, and immediately left the game. He left the field with his arm hanging limp by his side, and it was known very quickly that he was not going to return to action. When he was in there, he actually showed pretty good arm strength on a deep route to Ted Ginn on which he managed to overthrow the speedy wideout. Had the ball been on target it could've been a 95 yard score. For most of the game, he had all day to throw the ball and showed good pocket presence. As the game went along, however, he began getting a bit banged up. He tried diving into the end zone at the two yard line, but was stuffed a bit short. On the hit, his helmet was knocked into his face, causing a gash to open up on his nose. Later, as the Chargers began getting more and more pressure on him, was when he suffered the hit that eventually knocked him from the contest.
2008 Week 1 vs NYJ (26 / 43 / 251 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington opened the season against his old team, the New York Jets, and was yards away from leading his Dolphins to a fourth quarter comeback when his final pass was intercepted in the end zone. This was not the story book beginning that Pennington would have wanted but he did play well and moved the ball effectively through the air. He finished completing 26 of his 43 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns, both of them going to his two tight ends. He managed an efficient game and ultimately had to lead the way as the Dolphins running game could not get on track.
2008 Week 2 vs ARI (10 / 20 / 112 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Pennington actually played mistake free football, but found himself with too much to do. He completed passes to six different receivers and had 112 yards on ten for 20 attempts. He had no turnovers and when he had time, his passes were on the mark. He was sacked twice. He was pulled late in the game but it wasn't for poor play.
2008 Week 3 vs NE (17 / 20 / 226 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington proved all of the people calling for the Chad Henne era to begin last week wrong with a close to flawless day. Two of his three passes that were not completed would come early in the team's first two drives. Following the second one though, Pennington would go on to complete 16 of his remaining 17 passes for 220 yards. He picked apart the Patriots defense with relative ease, driving the Dolphins to the Patriots goal line three separate times. Once he got them within reach, Ronnie Brown would do the rest.
2008 Week 5 vs SD (22 / 29 / 228 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
Some people are going to say that Chad Pennington managed the offense. Don't listen to them. He didn't just manage the offense; he won the game. It helped that he was given loads of time to throw, and Pennington played outstandingly well, finding not just the open man but the most open man consistently. He consistently put the ball exactly where it needed to be, and never allowed himself to lock onto one target. That was important considering just about everyone on the Dolphins was open on nearly every single play. His job was to find the guy in the best position to make a play, and he did so every time. His two favorite targets were Ted Ginn and Greg Camarillo, and he found both on a regular basis. While neither put up huge yardage numbers, both were able to make key contributions with just about every reception they made. And while the knock on Pennington has always been his arm strength, it was plenty strong enough when he threw to his left while rolling out to the right on a key twenty yard completion downfield to TE Anthony Fasano in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 6 vs HOU (19 / 25 / 284 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a huge day, but a good chunk of his yardage came on two big plays, both to RB Patrick Cobbs. One was a trick play that ended up as a 53 yard TD, and the other was a simple screen pass that Cobbs took 80 yards for the score. Beyond that, Pennington was incredibly efficient but unspectacular.
2008 Week 7 vs BAL (24 / 35 / 295 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 25 / 0 rush)
This game was an excellent example of just what Pennington provides to Miami at this point in his career. He was efficient on the day, but limited in his ability to get the ball down the field. As a result, while he was able to complete a handful of 20+ yard passes, Pennington didn't seem comfortable doing so. In most cases these passes were slow in getting to his receivers and those receivers often had to hold up a step to make the reception. On the flip-side, when Pennington was looking short, he was able to deliver the ball with some decisiveness and zip and allow his receivers to do the rest. On his sole TD strike of the day, Pennington was able to display the patience of a veteran before rifling a seven yard pass across the middle to WR Davone Bess for six points. Pennington could have had a second TD earlier at the end of Miami's first drive, but he overthrew TE Anthony Fasano on a short pass into the end zone. While Pennington only threw one INT in the game, it was a bad one. With a blitzing Ravens defense closing in on him, Pennington attempted to dump a pass off to RB Patrick Cobbs. Unfortunately he didn't notice Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs was also in the area. Suggs easily snagged Pennington's pass and didn't stop running until he was in the end zone. Pennington could have had a second interception in the first quarter when he overthrew his receiver in the end zone, but the play was called back due to defensive holding.
2008 Week 8 vs BUF (22 / 30 / 314 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a nearly flawless game, hitting eight different receivers as he threw for 314 yards. He threw his only touchdown pass to TE Anthony Fassano on the opening drive of the game but his ability to stretch the field kept the Bills defense off balance. While the running game was held in check, Pennington kept picking up first downs with precise passing.
2008 Week 9 vs DEN (23 / 40 / 281 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Pennington didn't put up eye-popping statistics, but he did an admirable job of standing tall in the pocket and facing pressure all game long. While he was only sacked twice, Denver still got in his face on more than a few occasions. But Pennington never wavered, calmly finding Greg Camarillo on roughly half of his completions. The timing and connection between the two was obvious, and the Pennington/Camarillo connection used the short passing game to perfection all day long. Pennington didn't throw any touchdowns, but he brought Miami to several scoring drives and never really made a huge mistake with the ball. He was bailed out of two potential interceptions when his receivers got their hands on the ball at the last moment, but it's no sure thing that the balls would've even been picked off anyway. Even his turnover was more of a great play by Denver than it was a bad decision or bad pass by Pennington. And he saved his best for last, completing not one but two long completions late in the fourth quarter on a touchdown drive to seal the victory. Facing a third and 19, he found Ronnie Brown for a screen pass that picked up 18 and put the team in position to convert the ensuing fourth down play. Later, Miami faced a third and 13 and again Pennington faced a relentless pass rush. And again, he found his man, this time Ricky Williams for a 23 yard gain. While neither play went for a score, both were critical in eventually setting up the touchdown that put the Dolphins up by nine and put the game out of reach.
2008 Week 10 vs SEA (22 / 36 / 209 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Pennington was his usual accurate self. He worked on finding the open man, favoring no one. His one interception was costly; it was returned for a touchdown. He looked great early on, airing it out to a double covered Ted Ginn in the back of the end zone for a 39 yard score. He also proved very capable under pressure, on one play eluding multiple pass rushers and finding the open man while scrambling. With few exceptions, he seemed to be content with a number of short gains.
2008 Week 11 vs OAK (16 / 22 / 174 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Chad Pennington managed the conservative game plan effectively and spread the ball around to seven different receivers. While he did an overall good job of managing the game he was also sacked in the end zone for a safety. When Miami fell behind in the fourth quarter, however, Pennington went to work. He marched his team down the field, along the way completing a fourth and five pass to keep the drive alive, to set up the winning field goal.
2008 Week 12 vs NE (24 / 41 / 341 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
Pennington was sharp. He hooked up with seven different receivers on the day. What stood out was his willingness to go for the big play a little more often than usual - and succeeding a good portion of the time. He also had a gutsy seven yard run for a touchdown.
2008 Week 13 vs STL (13 / 23 / 166 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Pennington completed 57% of his passes for an average gain of 7.2 yards per attempt en route to a 79.3 passer rating on the afternoon. The Dolphins employed a conservative offense in this game, and focused on wearing down the Rams with a combination of Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams and their fullbacks. Pennington did work well with Davone Bess out of the slot, though saw his numbers reduced by a pair of drops by Ted Ginn.
2008 Week 14 vs BUF (23 / 29 / 181 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington had another masterful game, spreading the ball around to eight different receivers controlling the clock for almost 38 minutes, and avoiding turnovers. He earned a QB rating of 104.2, based on 23 completions in 29 attempts and one touchdown, and his 181 passing yards puts him over 3,000 yards for the season. While new management and a new coaching staff deserve credit for Miami's turnaround, Pennington was a key off season acquisition. He may not put up great fantasy numbers but he gives his team a chance to win and he doesn't lose many games. Pennington threw for 314 yards and one TD against Buffalo in week eight.
2008 Week 15 vs SF (12 / 19 / 156 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Pennington and the Dolphins were intent on running a fair amount of the hurry-up offense to dictate the early tempo and it paid fast dividends with a 61 touchdown to tight end David Martin. Pennington did a masterful job of looking off the secondary and threw a long pass to a Martin who was ale to score. Pennington had no turnovers and took very few chances or anything that resembled a risky play. Most of Pennington's completions were within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. With his accuracy and lack of arm strength, this formula is working well for Miami.
2008 Week 16 vs KC (26 / 34 / 235 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
QB Chad Pennington was nearly flawless in the victory. The Chiefs were unable to get even a semblance of a pass rush and Pennington picked apart the Chiefs defense for three touchdown passes. Pennington spread the ball around by connecting on at least three completions to five different receivers. Pennington's accuracy was on-point all day despite the howling winds that plagued both kicks and passes all game long.
2008 Week 17 vs NYJ (22 / 30 / 200 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Chad Pennington led the Dolphins by doing what he does best, playing mistake free football. He was insanely accurate as he threw for an even 200 yards while tossing two touchdowns and no interceptions. He found ten different receivers and did what he needed to do to put points on the board and keep the Jets defense on the field. Both of his touchdowns came on perfectly placed passes in the corner of the end zone.
2008 Week 18 vs BAL (25 / 38 / 252 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington was under duress throughout the game. Although he was fairly efficient when making quick, short throws, he got into trouble when he attempted longer passes, which accounted for all four of his interceptions. While the pass rush and excellent play by the defensive backs was largely responsible for causing the interceptions, Pennington was somewhat culpable on a couple of them, as he threw into double coverage deep without getting much on the ball due to the pass rush. He was most effective when he went to a no huddle offense and relied on short passes, but overall he had a forgettable game.
2007 Week 1 vs NE (16 / 21 / 167 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a pretty solid day despite being under pressure and hurried for most of the game. His accuracy led him to a day where he saw 76 percent of his passes completed for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He threw no interceptions and was consistently finding an open man. On a third quarter drive, Penning suffered what appeared to be an ankle injury and had to hobble of to the sidelines. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens came in for the remainder of the series while Pennington was being attended to on the sidelines. The Jets starting quarterback returned a series later to lead a touchdown drive, which ended on a pass to Laveranues Coles. This was the end of his day however; as he retired to the sidelines in the fourth quarter, with the game seemingly out reach for the Jets.
2007 Week 3 vs MIA (15 / 22 / 124 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 1 rush)
Pennington returned to the Jets' lineup with a heavily bandaged ankle and an attitude that demonstrated once again that he is the emotional leader of this team. He ran some no huddle offense at the Dolphins and managed to divide 15 completions among six different receivers. After he scored a touchdown on an unexpected two yard quarterback draw, Pennington pumped his fist and was immediately mobbed by teammates.
2007 Week 4 vs BUF (32 / 39 / 290 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Pennington played well during most of the game. He connected on 82 percent of his passes for 290 yards. At one point, he completed 15 consecutive pass attempts. As usual, Pennington displayed a deft touch on most of his passes. His accuracy allows him to get by with less than ideal arm strength. However, his arm sometimes puts his receivers in less than ideal positions. Pennington threw two costly interceptions. The second one came with six seconds left and with the Jets threatening to get into position for a tying field goal. Pennington's pass attempt to Justin McCareins fluttered like a wounded duck before Terrence McGee plucked it out of the air and sealed the Jets' fate. With time running out at the end of the first half, Pennington faked a clock killing spike and instead hit Laveranues Coles for a 16 yard connection to set up a 37 yard field goal attempt by Mike Nugent. Pennington threw mainly short and medium type routes, but did have a few deep attempts. His 28 yard completion to Jerricho Cotchery is his longest pass of the season. Prior to the game, he had not attempted a pass more than 16 yards downfield.
2007 Week 5 vs NYG (21 / 36 / 229 / 1 / 3 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Pennington struggled to make good decisions as he turned the ball over three times through the air, all resulting in points for the New York Giants. He completed 21 of 36 passes for 229 yards and a score. His lone touchdown toss was a pretty fade route to Brad Smith in the corner of the end zone, which resulted in the Jets only offensive touchdown for the day. Going into the end zone to start the fourth quarter Chad Pennington went back to the fade route, targeting Jericho Cotchery in double coverage and turning the ball over at the one yard line.
2007 Week 6 vs PHI (11 / 21 / 128 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pennington had poor performance under center and did not seem comfortable. He was under throwing receivers terribly and was proven time and time again that he was unable to go deep with any effectiveness. He completed 11 of his 21 passes for 128 yards and threw an interception on a deep route intended for Brad Smith. Pennington's arm strength is continuously being challenged by opposing defenses, and at the current moment, he has not been able to be successful throwing down field.
2007 Week 7 vs CIN (20 / 31 / 272 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Pennington started off the game sizzling, but had another rough fourth quarter. He fumbled a snap and threw a game changing interception that was returned for a touchdown. He threw too many out patterns and finally a Cincinnati corner jumped the route.
2007 Week 8 vs BUF (13 / 20 / 106 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Pennington had another error free game as he completed 65 percent of his passes for only 106 yards and no touchdowns. He did not turn the ball over, however could not lead a scoring drive when the Jets needed it most. Late in the fourth quarter and trailing by 10 points, the Jets opted to go with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, who proceeded to throw two interceptions.
2007 Week 15 vs NE (25 / 38 / 186 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Chad Pennington who filled in for the injured Clemens performed well however was not able to put the ball in the end zone against the swarming Patriots defensive unit. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 186 yards as he spread the ball around to six different Jets receivers. On a fourth quarter drive, Pennington seemed to hit Justin McCareins in the back of the end zone for a score that would have put the Jets within three points of the lead, however, this play was reviewed and overturned, ultimately ending the hopes for New York.
2007 Week 16 vs TEN (26 / 32 / 264 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Pennington showed that he still has what it takes to run an offense, completing 26 of 32 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown. In the second quarter Pennington hit Jerricho Cotchery in the back of the end zone, bringing the Jets within a point of the Titans. The extra point from Mike Nugent was blocked and the Jets were never able to put anymore points on the board as Pennington was forced to pass, leading to two interceptions on the day. Pennington again showed his pinpoint accuracy while also proving that he is still incapable of throwing the ball deep and spreading out the defense.
2006 Week 1 vs TEN (24 / 33 / 319 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
In an encouraging sign for Jets fans, Pennington looked better than at any point last season and appears to have recovered dramatically from two shoulder surgeries in the past two years. Pennington, who did not have a particularly strong arm prior to his injuries, exhibited adequate zip on his passes and displayed tremendous accuracy. Even on deep go routes and crossing patterns, Pennington's passes were on the money. Many of his passes were short to medium routes, but he did have completions of 15, 19, 25, 27, 38, and 41 yards. He spread the ball around to seven different receivers. His 319 passing yards represent his highest single game total since week seven of the 2002 season. Pennington also exhibited surprising speed on an eight yard scramble. Pennington was sacked twice and lost a fumble when Cortland Finnegan blitzed untouched from the corner and blindsided him. When he was hit, Pennington got up quickly and showed no ill effects. Pennington's entered with 41 touchdowns and no interceptions in the red zone. His remarkable streak of red zone success was almost broken up by an interception by Reynaldo Hill in the second quarter. Instead, Peter Sirmon was called for pass interference. Pennington added an eight yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery later in the quarter, upping his red zone numbers to 42 touchdowns without an interception.
2006 Week 2 vs NE (22 / 37 / 306 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pennington's passes did not seem quite as crisp as last week's. However, his accuracy mostly remained precise. Pennington has now passed for more than 300 yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career. Pennington was under pressure frequently in the game. He was sacked four times and was forced to scramble or hurry throws numerous other times. He was 11-20 for 104 yards in the first half and 11 for 17 for 202 yards with two touchdowns in the second half. His one interception came on a desperation deep pass attempt as time was winding down in the game. He came close to throwing another interception early in the game, when he telegraphed a quick out to Derrick Blaylock. Asante Samuel nearly picked off the pass. Had Samuel made the pick, he would have had clear sailing to the end zone.
2006 Week 3 vs BUF (19 / 29 / 183 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)
Pennington completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 183 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 6.3 yards per pass attempt. With a steady wind of around 25 miles per hour, the Jets did not attempt many deep passes. Although a few of his passes were affected by the strong winds in Buffalo, for the most part, Pennington was his typical precise self. His touchdown pass was a one yard toss to a wide open Chris Baker on a perfectly executed play action fake. Pennington now has 44 career touchdown passes without an interception in the red zone. So far this season, he has thrown five touchdown passes and one interception. Pennington scrambled once for five yards. He added a gritty four yard sneak on a fourth down and one play from the Buffalo 33 yard line. Four plays later, Cedric Houston finished the drive with a five yard touchdown run. Pennington was credited with a one yard loss on a kneel down play to end the game. Pennington lined up once as a wide receiver, when rookie Brad Smith was under center.
2006 Week 4 vs IND (17 / 23 / 207 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Pennington completed 74 percent of his passes fro 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Jets had more success than usual running the ball. As a result, Pennington's 23 attempts represent a season low. Nevertheless, Pennington was sharp throughout the game and completed passes to eight different receivers. His touchdown was a 33 yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery. Pennington's remarkable run of red zone passes without an interception ended when his 120th such pass was picked off in the end zone by Rocky Boiman. On the fourth down play, Pennington was under heavy pressure and had to loft a desperate attempt to a double covered James Dearth. Prior to the play Pennington had tossed 44 touchdown passes without an interception in the red zone. Pennington did a nice job of making plays that don't show up in the box score; three times, he drew Colt defenders offside with hard counts. He also rushed the Jets to the line of scrimmage at times, once forcing Indianapolis to burn a timeout. And, he performed a masterful play action fake that fooled most of the Indianapolis defense and the cameraman as well. Pennington had one scramble for five yards and a first down.
2006 Week 5 vs JAX (10 / 17 / 71 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 17 / 0 rush)
Pennington had his worst game of the season and the Jets' offense was unable score for the first time all year. The normally stingy quarterback threw three interceptions for the first time since the 2004 season. The Jaguars' defense was able to generate pressure up front, which allowed the defensive backs to sit back and jump in front of Jets' receivers. Two of his interceptions occurred when Pennington either did not see the defenders or thought he could force the pass into coverage. Pennington's first interception came on a pass thrown well behind Laveranues Coles. Coles reached back with one arm and was able only to tip the ball before it fluttered into the arms of Brian Williams. Pennington ran twice for 17 yards, including a 13 yard run for a first down. However, he slid too early on a third down and five play and gained only four yards.
2006 Week 6 vs MIA (17 / 29 / 175 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a slow start to the game despite completing over half of his attempts. He was ten for 18 in passing before halftime, but the passes were only good for 56 total yards. That changed in the second half as WR Laveranues Coles caught a 58 yard touchdown in the third quarter and later added a second touchdown of 22 yards in the fourth period. Pennington's highlights all came in the third quarter and the first moments of the fourth, as he closed the third quarter with 146 passing yards. After the second touchdown pass to Coles, Pennington only completed one seven yard pass to TE Chris Baker.
2006 Week 7 vs DET (16 / 22 / 189 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pennington's day nearly started off very inauspiciously. His first pass attempt was batted up into the air for what seemed like an eternity, but the ball fell harmlessly to the turf instead. Things got much better for him after that. He made a perfect pass to Jerricho Cotchery down the seam for 28, and later heaved a nice deep ball to Justin McCareins for a 44 yard touchdown. Pennington typically had loads of time to throw, and the two sacks recorded by Detroit were very isolated plays and not indicative of how the Jets offensive line performed. The Jets ran a no-huddle offense for much of the game, and it appeared to work very well for the most part. It kept the Lions personnel on the field for long stretches of the game, which any Detroit fan will tell you is a recipe for defensive disaster. In general, Pennington looked very solid. The only blemish on his ledger was an interception attempted for Chris Baker. The pick wasn't entirely Pennington's fault, as it bounced off Baker's hands. However, it was a poorly-thrown ball in any event. Pennington went over 10,000 career passing yards early in the contest.
2006 Week 8 vs CLE (11 / 28 / 108 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Pennington struggled most of the day, completing only 39 percent of his passes and finished with a passer rating of 21.1, averaging just 3.9 yards per passing attempt. Nearly 70% of his passing yardage came on the opening and final drives of the game. Pennington's first interception was tipped at the line of scrimmage.
2006 Week 10 vs NE (22 / 33 / 168 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Pennington managed the game very well on a day when the weather was nasty and the field was even worse. Pennington was 22 of 33 for just 168 yards. He completed a lot of short passes and was able to move the Jets down the field on a couple of long scoring drives. He led them on a 16 play touchdown drive and a 15 play drive for a field goal. He also hit Cotchery in the end zone in the fourth quarter. It was a slightly ill advised pass but Cotchery went up and made a great play on the ball and managed to keep his feet in bounds on the side of the end zone.
2006 Week 11 vs CHI (19 / 35 / 162 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington was 19 of 35 for 162 yards and two interceptions. He made some nice throws early in the game when the Jets were providing him time to throw. Early in the second quarter, with the Jets at the Chicago six yard line, Pennington threw a short pass in the end zone that was intercepted by Urlacher. It was a chance to give the Jets the lead and take the momentum in the game. Later in the game, with the Bears up 3-0, Pennington again was intercepted after moving the Jets deep into Chicago territory.
2006 Week 12 vs HOU (24 / 31 / 286 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pennington completed 24 of 31 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown. It was his best game since Week 2 when he threw for 306 yards against New England. He spread the ball to eight different players. He led the Jets on a great drive in the second half. He drove them 91 yards in seven plays picking up yards in bunches through the air. He was only sacked once. Pennington did have a scare in the third quarter. He was being tackled as he threw the ball. Just as he let it go, Mario Williams landed on him and knocked his wind out. It looked as though it might be another shoulder injury. He got up and as he walked off the field he raised his arms to pump up the crowd. He only missed one play.
2006 Week 13 vs GB (25 / 35 / 263 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a great first half, as he went 22 of 29 for 241 yards and two touchdowns, in route to leading his team to a 31 point first half. Pennington was extremely accurate finding many of his receivers on crossing routes and on play action passes. He favored Cotchery the most for receivers with a total of 12 targets and also hooked up with him on a 12 yard pass for a touchdown late in the first quarter. In the second half Pennington looked like a different quarterback, he threw two interceptions in the third quarter and only had 22 passing yards in the second half.
2006 Week 14 vs BUF (22 / 35 / 182 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 17 / 0 rush)
Pennington played his typical game of short, high percentage passes, but he also made enough mistakes and turnovers to lose the game for the Jets. He threw two interceptions, the first of which was returned for a touchdown. Pennington was sacked four times and fumbled twice, one of which was recovered by Buffalo. On the positive side, he completed 62.9% of his passes, and connected with Laveranues Coles for a ten yard touchdown in the first quarter. Pennington's favorite targets were Coles, running back Leon Washington, and wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. He targeted nine different receivers.
2006 Week 15 vs MIN (29 / 39 / 339 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Pennington threw for a career high 339 yards as he methodically marched the Jets down the field. Throwing early and often, he targeted his mainstays in WRs Jerricho Cotchery (10 targets) and Laveranues Coles (13 targets) on short routes for 10 yards or fewer to advance New York down the field. Every so often Pennington would look deep, and he did connect with WR Justin McCareins for 50 yards in the first quarter, but that was the only play longer than 21 yards through the air. Pennington was satisfied to work the passing game via the open man and pick up what the Vikings gave the Jets. As a result, 17 of their 21 first downs came via the pass in Week 15.
2006 Week 16 vs MIA (14 / 29 / 237 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 26 / 0 rush)
Pennington did not generate much offense for the Jets in the first half, completing just five passes for a total of 41 yards. Six of the Jets' seven possessions in the half resulted in punts. Pennington did have some success on the Jets' third possession of the half. He found Jerricho Cotchery for a short gain and a first down, and then scrambled ten yards himself on third and three. He then threw a shovel pass to Leon Washington who broke free for a 28 yard gain. Pennington targeted Cotchery in the end zone but the pass was incomplete. The drive should have ended in a field goal try but the snap was fumbled and the kick was aborted. Most of Pennington's attempts were short passes, but he did throw deep on the Jets' opening possession of the second half. The catch was made by Justin McCareins for a 42 yard gain. Pennington then targeted Jerricho Cotchery and was lucky that the pass was not intercepted. The drive stalled but Pennington led the team down the field two drives later. He converted on third and four by scrambling for a 15 yard gain, and then drew a pass interference penalty when throwing deep for McCareins. Pennington tried to find Laveranues Coles in the end zone, but threw the ball out of bounds. Facing a third and 10 at the Dolphins' 11 yard line, Pennington completed a pass to Cotchery but Zach Thomas made a good tackle to prevent both the touchdown and the first down. On the following drive, Pennington had even more success. He converted on third down with completions to Brad Smith and Leon Washington, and then threw deep over the middle for Jerricho Cotchery. The catch was made and Cotchery made a great effort to get into the end zone for a 32 yard score. Pennington's longest completion of the day came on a short pass to Leon Washington who broke away for a 64 yard gain to set up the winning field goal. Pennington did not turn the ball over in the game but he was lucky not to be intercepted on more than one occasion.
2006 Week 17 vs OAK (22 / 30 / 157 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington was his usually accurate self, completing 73.3% of his passes for 157 yards. He threw one touchdown, a one yard toss to Chris Baker in the first quarter. His numbers would have been better, but he suffered a couple of drops, including two deep ones to Laveranues Coles (one of which was in the end zone). Pennington has three rushes for zero yards.
2006 Week 18 vs NE (23 / 40 / 300 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Pennington struggled to open the game, and was under heavy pressure early on from the New England defense. He was victimized by DE Richard Seymour on a particularly hard hit that sent Pennington to the ground. He lay there for a moment trying to flex his left (non-throwing) arm and eventually came off the field for an injury timeout. He only missed one play, however, and returned showing no ill effects. His touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery was a short pass that Cotchery turned into a big gain, and Pennington had very little to do with the actual scoring of the touchdown. However, it's not as if he wasn't putting the team in a position to score. New England was giving the Jets a lot of the shorter, underneath routes - which plays right into the Jets' hands. They executed their offense pretty much as they wanted to, and Pennington simply took what the Patriots gave him. Pennington nearly threw another touchdown to TE Chris Baker, but the ball was tipped at the line. The deflection disrupted the timing, and Baker did all he could to make a diving catch of the ball but was down three yards short of the goal line with the catch. There was plenty of negative in Pennington's game, namely turning the ball over. He turned the ball over twice, and each proved extremely costly to the team. The first was sort of a fluky turnover, as it was essentially a screen pass. But, since it was thrown backward, it was a lateral and recovered by New England. The Jets trailed by one score prior to that turnover, which resulted in a field goal. Pennington's second turnover was the gamebreaker. New England had just scored a touchdown to go up 14 points when Pennington dropped back and attempted a pass to Justin McCareins. The ball never reached its target, and was returned by Asante Samuel 36 yards for the touchdown that sealed the win for the Patriots. Samuel nearly intercepted Pennington again on the ensuing Jets' drive, but most of those passes were made out of desperation by the Jets QB.
2005 Week 1 vs KC (21 / 34 / 264 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Pennington had a nightmare game. When he wasn't fumbling the ball (he fumbled six times in all), he was throwing slightly erratic passes to his receivers. Pennington's stat line could have been much better had it not been for Laveranues Coles dropping a sure third quarter touchdown. Additionally, one of the fumbles charged to Pennington actually wasn't his fault, as center Kevin Mawae snapped the ball over the QB's head when he had his head turned. Still, the other five fumbles were certainly all Pennington's fault. It actually got to the point where you could expect Pennington to fumble the football anytime a Chief defender got within five yards of him. Pennington's lone interception in the game was also a terrible read, as Patrick Surtain picked him off. In the reunion of sorts between Pennington and Laveranues Coles, the two didn't really get on the same page very often. Coles was rarely heard from, and Pennington didn't really seem to focus on looking his way all that often. One other thing to note: Pennington attempted only a handful of long passes all game, and none of them were even close to completion. Despite the offensive coordinator change from Paul Hackett to Mike Heimerdinger, the Jets offense very closely resembled the dink and dunk approach of the past few years.
2005 Week 2 vs MIA (19 / 30 / 190 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Do not be fooled by Pennington's solid stat line. He looked pretty bad for much of the game. He saved his day with an outstanding drive late in the game to put the game out of reach, but for most of the afternoon he was throwing lobs all over the field and leaving his receivers in very precarious spots. His day began very shakily, as he fumbled the opening snap. In trying to pick it up and hand off to Curtis Martin, he dropped it again, and Miami recovered the ball. Luckily for Pennington, Dolphins' DE Jason Taylor was offsides so the turnover was negated. On that first drive, Pennington missed a wide-open Laveranues Coles down the left sideline for what would have been a very big play. He later completed a pass to Justin McCareins that hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity. Had Pennington put a little zip on the pass, it could very well have been a touchdown because McCareins was already behind every Dolphins defender. He did redeem himself on that drive with a nice fade to the corner of the end zone to Laveranues Coles. Pennington does succeed on fade passes because those are designed to be thrown softly, so that gives him no trouble at all. The second quarter was much like the first, as Pennington was nearly picked by S Tebucky Jones, and later lobbed a horrid pass to Laveranues Coles while throwing on the run. Pennington nearly had a touchdown pass to Wayne Chrebet, but the Jets WR was taken down at the one yard line and fumbled the ball. Replays showed that Chrebet may have crossed the plane of the end zone prior to fumbling, but officials upheld the original call. Pennington was redeemed, however, late in the game when he directed a nice drive to put the game away. He went seven out of seven for 74 yards and the eventual touchdown pass to FB Jerald Sowell during the drive, and his passes were both crisp and accurate. He wasn't asked to throw anything downfield for more than 15 yards, but at least these passes were on target.
2005 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 19 / 76 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Chad Pennington did not look as if he is fully recovered from his off-season rotator cuff surgery. The majority of his passes did not look crisp and each of the three balls he tried to throw deep came up short. Pennington threw two interceptions. The first one sailed on him. The second appeared to have been a bad decision on Pennington's part. Pennington was the victim of a pocket that was frequently collapsed by the Jacksonville pass rush. Pennington fumbled on consecutive plays, but lost neither as the Jets received lucky bounces. He left the game with a "strained" right shoulder but was forced to come back when Fiedler was injured. After returning, he looked to have even less arm strength than before he left. He didn't seem scared or tentative as he took off running on a scramble but he was definitely not firing the ball.