The New York Jets seem to be on the verge of having one of those dreaded QB controversies on their hands, as with Chad Pennington limping off the field Sunday, it may open the door for backup Kellen Clemens. Pennington was able to return after taking a hit to his lower leg that forced him to leave the field, but then when the result of the game was decided, he took himself out of the game in the 4th quarter. The fans were none to happy with the Jets, as they actually cheered when Pennington showed his fighting spirit and made it to the sidelines.
After the game, Pennington was not sure as to the extent of the ankle injury, and how long he might miss. “I don’t know. I’ve never experienced this. I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Pennington said. Coach Eric Mangini left it all up to Chad as to how long he was going to sit out on Sunday, and sure enough, Pennington gave it all he had until he couldn’t take it anymore, and sat out most of the fourth quarter. As for Clemens, he was 5-for-10 for 35 yards and was sacked once. Now with Pennington limping around, it seems to be Clemens ship to sail.
Pennington went 16-for-21 for 167 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. The Jets as a whole were overwhelmed by the Pats, and while Pennington was part of the reason why, for the fans to boo him as he limped off the field was unfair. Maybe part of the reason why the fans should have been booing was because of the secondary, which for some reason forgot to cover Randy Moss, allowing him to catch 9 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown.
Now with Pennington unsure of how long he might miss, the ball seems to be the hands of Clemens for now. Whether that is a good thing or not remains to be seen, but it seems to be what the fans of the Jets want to see. Remember, be careful of what you wish for.