Sanchez seeks out Pennington to begin preparing for 2012
[B]Chad Pennington helps Mark Sanchez[/B]
By Rich Cimini
Quarterback [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12482/mark-sanchez"]Mark Sanchez[/URL] is learning the [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyj/new-york-jets"]New York Jets[/URL]' new offense from one of the Jets' old quarterbacks -- [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2149/chad-pennington"]Chad Pennington[/URL].
Sanchez met Pennington in South Florida recently for a crash course in Tony Sparano's offense, ESPNNewYork.com confirmed. Pennington brought an old [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/mia/miami-dolphins"]Miami Dolphins[/URL] playbook and began teaching the system and terminology to Sanchez. The two quarterbacks met more than once for classroom-type sessions.
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Sanchez reached out to Pennington because, under the new collective bargaining agreement, players aren't allowed to meet with their coaches and discuss football until April 16 -- the start of the offseason program.
Sparano was hired Jan. 11 to replace offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Instead of waiting around for three months, Sanchez took the initiative.
Pennington, unceremoniously released by the Jets before the 2008 season, signed immediately with the Dolphins and directed Sparano's offense in 2008 and 2009. Pennington played brilliantly in 2008, leading Miami to the AFC East title.
Pennington, 35, who worked last season as an NFL game analyst for FOX Sports, has a home in South Florida. He missed last season because of major knee surgery and is considering retirement after a career filled with several shoulder injuries.
Interestingly, Pennington's former backup in Miami -- [URL="http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/11291/chad-henne"]Chad Henne[/URL] -- is on the Jets' free-agent radar, according to sources. The Jets are looking for a veteran to back up Sanchez. Obviously, Henne would be a fit because of familiarity with Sparano's system.
Love it. Impressed to see Sanchez working through CBA restrictions to get a head start, then again, this has become typical of Sanchez, yet another reason why it's way too early to give up on this kid.
I also love the fact Pennington is the one helping him, and wouldn't at all be opposed to considering Pennington as a back-up QB, or even a coach.
i saw this tweet about 2 hours ago. was going to post it but i was watching the movie Goon. very good movie, i encourage everyone to watch it.
after i read this, it made me like Sanchez even more. it really shows a lot to seek out the former QB of the Jets, as well as a former QB of Sparano's offense. i think this will do wonders, and i hope it helps Mark out mentally. that's the only area of his game he lacks, in his head.
Chad played the QB position brilliantly for Sparano in 2008 leading his Miami Dolphins team to an AFC East division title, so Mark Sanchez is smart to seek knowledge from the second greatest QB to ever wear a NY Jets uniform. Chad's accuracy, leadership and ability to read defenses are skills that Sanchez can improve on as an added bonus with the help of #10. Even though Pennington was dumped by the Jets franchise to bring in "The Diva" for a one-year failed experiment, Chad is a class act willing to help his old team.