Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins OffSeason: Chad Pennington Cast In The Shadows

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 4:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins directs play against the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL Wildcard Playoff Game at Dolphins Stadium on January 4, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Brant HoughtonContributor IMay 16, 2009

Well, now that the dust has settled from the Jason Taylor signing, we can now discuss other Dolphins issues, like Chad Pennington.

Pennington is the guy that nobody is talking about this offseason. All he did was lead us to the playoffs in his first season as a Dolphin and posted his best year as a pro.

And what do we thank him with?

We thank him with no posts, and no discussions whatsoever. Yes, CP WAS a forgotten man on the Dolphins squad, but now that the offseason workouts are starting up on Tuesday, he will be back into the action, and the headlines as well.

We won the AFC East with this guy. He won the 2008 Comeback Player of the Year. He is our quarterback.
He is also the guy whose contract is up after this year. Yes, Pennington led us to the promised land, and we probably will not give him an extension. Instead, we will give the ball to quarterback of the future Chad Henne.
Oh, and dare I forget, we also drafted Pat White to mainly run the Wildcat, but is considered by the Trifecta to be the one who will compete with Henne for the job next year.
So, it looks like Pennington's days are numbered right?
Well if you ask him, all that is important right now is the upcoming season. He could really care less who the Dolphins draft, as long as he has one last chance to prove the critics wrong again and again.
That seems to be the story of this mans career really. He was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year twice, and was a close third in the MVP race this year.
So, with all of CP's credentials in mind, why should we not sign him to a one year extension if he even comes close to repeating his performance that he posted last year?
Sure he lacks the arm strength that Henne possess, and the speed that White has, but he also has something that both of those QB's might not have in the NFL. That is experience, and the smarts to overcome adversity time and time again.
With all that CP has done for us in only one season, he deserves better than no contract extension when he led the 2008 Dolphins team to where no one expected them to go for another three to five years.
Sure, I believe that Henne will lead the Dolphins to great heights, but is he really ready for the big-time games yet?
I say we give him one more year, maybe even half a year to progress into a quarterback that will be ready when his time comes, not just thrust him into the spotlight because we have no better options.
Henne is a promising prospect, so lets not waste the chance to make him a good one. We have White running the Wildcat in the meantime, so that is one less worry for the coaching staff.
Pennington deserves the chance to compete with Henne for another year. Why not sign him to an extension and explain to CP that the Trifecta will be giving Henne every chance to win over the starting job.
That will just be all the more reason for CP to do everything in his power to win the starting job, and fend off Henne for one more year. After all that he has done for us in just one year, I think he deserves it.


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