The New York Jets have seen enough of Chad Pennington as their starting quarterback. For now.
Monday head coach Eric Mangini pulled the plug on Pennington, and named Kellen Clemens as the teams starting quarterback for the Jets next game Sunday vs Washington. “I made this decision not based on singling out Chad for where we are, but based on the fact that I think Kellen has earned this opportunity,” Mangini said. “I want to give him this opportunity. It’s in no way an indication that Chad is solely responsible. We all are.”
Pennington has been okay this season, but his lack of arm strength and inability to get the ball down the field in key situations had to have something to do with the move. This season Pennington has thrown for 1317 yards with 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His QB rating is 87.5, but the team is 1-7 and simply put, a move had to be made.
As for Clemens, he has a QB rating in 2007 of 46.0, but showed some fight in almost bringing the Jets back in a week two 20-13 loss at Baltimore. Trailing late, Clemens engineered two drives, one that got them closer, and another that should have tied the game if it were not for a few drops.
The Jets have not been anywhere near where they were a year ago in Mangini’s first season, as they went 10-6 and made the playoffs. This season they started 0-2, and despite a week three win at home against the Dolphins, they have dropped five straight, including getting swept by the Bills and a bad loss to the cross-town rival Giants three weeks ago.