Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington Should Become a Coach Instead

Paul SmytheCorrespondent IJune 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Chad Pennington #10 of the Miami Dolphins at the line of scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 27, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins QB Chad Pennington has been recovering from a shoulder surgery since last season.

It is the third surgery on the same shoulder for Pennington and it is looking less and less like he will play again. He didn't do much in the preseason workouts and OTA's this off-season.

So, I say why not take him off the roster completely and just hire him as a coach for the team.

Think about it, last year when Henne was playing Pennington was his mentor. Pennington was basically coaching Henne last year, so why not let him do it this year?

We have three capable quarterbacks who can play and lead the team. Yes, I know that some of you don't believe in Pat White being a real quarterback, but I believe he has potential. All he needs is a coach like Pennington to help him be more accurate.

Keeping Pennington as a player will have no benefit for the Dolphins. He is 33 years old and at the end of his playing career. On top of that, he might not even play.

Now I'll be honest, I don't know the full details of Pennington's contract, so I don't know if there would be any way to get the money Miami is paying him back.

But, it would still be more beneficial to the Dolphins to hire Pennington as a coach instead of a player. While he may not be young for an NFL athlete, he is still very young compared to NFL coaches. The Miami Dolphins should pick him up as a coach now, before another team does, because he is extremely hard working and knowledgeable about the game.

Trust me on this one. We have the quarterback position covered, which is why we no longer need Pennington on the roster. Him as a coach will free up another spot on the roster for Miami to keep a player at a more pressing position.


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