Aug 7, 2008
Jet fans may need a while to get used to it, and it may be hard for some to say goodbye to Chad Pennington, but it shouldn’t take too long for them to realize that they are now players and playoff contenders in the AFC.
The timing was pretty good for this move, too, since the Jets upgraded and solidified their offense line this off-season. And Brett Favre will make this line better. D’Brickashaw Ferguson hasn’t stood out on film at all, in fact he’s struggled, but he’s had a good off-season, and Favre could actually make him look like one of the better LTs in the AFC this year. Favre gets rid of the ball quickly, and he’s very hard to sack.
Favre will have to adjust to a new offense and its terminology, and that could take a little while, but I can’t see Favre struggling for too, too long with it. They’ll run the ball a ton, too, so this move is great news for RB Thomas Jones. Favre will challenge defenses vertically on the outside and over the middle, so things should really open up for Jones.
I also think that Favre and Laveranues Coles appears on the surface to be a good marriage on the field, and Jericho Cotchery’s value goes up a little as well. I’m particularly intrigued by rookie TE Dustin Keller now. I spoke to former GM and current personnel guy Terry Bradway in the spring after the draft, and he was really intense when he spoke about how much they are counting on him to make some plays for them. Favre, as we all know, usually clicks very well with a TE, and the athletic Keller is the ideal tight end for Favre.
As for Pennington, he’ll be released, and if I owned the Packers, I’d be signing him within 24 hours. That’s one way to improve the fan base’s comfort level of entering the 2008 season with a first-year starter and a backup with 0 NFL games under belt. Pennington, too, is familiar with the west coast offense. The Chiefs are also a possibility, since Pennington played under Herman Edwards. And I suppose the Vikings should be interested as well.
It still does remain something of a shame for Aaron Rodgers because the pressure now is so much greater than it was 2-3 months ago, and Rodgers hasn’t helped the perception that he’s not ready to lead this team by struggling the last 1-2 weeks in practice. I still think his biggest problem is staying healthy, but I’m rooting for him.