New York Jets

Chad Pennington's Pattern Of Success

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IJanuary 1, 2009

Back at the beginning of the summer, when Brett Favre was still on his couch watching NFL Network run suck up dedication marathons to him, I predicted at least a playoff spot for the New York Jets this year.  It actually had nothing to do with the fact that they spent so much on free agents or that I even thought they were that talented. 

It was because there was a pattern for success for the Jets.  That pattern was winning every TWO years, i.e. win one year, lose the next, and win the one after that.  In 2002, 2004, and 2006 the Jets made the playoffs, while in 2003, 2005, and 2007 they, well, didn't.

But after last Sunday's results, I realized that it wasn't the Jets pattern...it was quarterback Chad Pennington's.  He was the quarterback for all of those Jets team mentioned.  And keeping with pattern, he was successful this year.  He has once again been named Comeback Player of the Year, like he was in 2006 after coming off a horrible season in 2005.  Last season he lost his starting job and was expected to be competing for a job in New York.

When the Favre deal was completed, Pennington was already in Cleveland preparing for the Jets' preseason game.  A plane was then sent to pick him up and bring him back because he would never get to play another down for the Jets.

On Sunday, he completed one of the perfect scripts that the NFL has been authoring for years.  Not only did he have success, but he went back to the stadium he played and faced the man they dumped him for, and defeated them.

Now don't jump on the Chad bandwagon yet.  As the pattern shows, he's set to have a disappointing season next year.  But don't worry, he'll be back to success the year after.

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