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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Take This Broken Wing

Alas, 'tis a sad day in Jet-dome. The news has come out that Chad Pennington has torn his rotator cuff for the second time in as many seasons. His season - over. His career - in major jeopardy. And despite early Super Bowl feelings for this club, you can pretty much stick a fork in the 2005 season.

I will echo Mikes' Golic and Greenberg from ESPN radio. I feel worse for Pennington than I do for myself and the fans. He has pretty much been injured his entire career (except for the magical 2002 season). He had a chance at being a very good quarterback in the NFL but will probably never get his shot now. He is a tough guy. He has played through pain, always saying and doing the right things. But the end result is that, with a season ending injury to his backup Jay Fiedler, the Jets will be playig out the string even though it's just week four. Not to mention the salary cap albatross they will probably be strapped with for the remainder of his contract.

My wife will be thrilled, though. This means that I won't have to devote three and a half hours of every Sunday between now and January to the Jets. Maybe I'll even have to start rooting for losses and a chance that the Jets get the Number 1 pick in the draft this year. They are going to need it. They will have to replace their quarterback.


  • Wow, I disagree with almost everthing in your post.

    I feel bad for Chad, but much worse for us fans. Many promising players' careers have been ruined by injuries. Just this week, Rangers goalie Dan Blackburn had to retire at age 22. Blackburn was a first round pick, entered the NHL at 18, and was seen as hier apparent to Mike Richter.

    Do you know why Chad's injury is sadder than Blackburn's? Because for us, the fans, it represents the end of the hope that Pennington would deliver a Super Bowl.

    Is Fielder definitely out for the season? The Post said so, but other media outlets were more equivocal.

    I could never root for the Jets to lose, even if losing got them Matt Leinart (USC's QB).

    I will still watch every Jets game and go to most of the games. How could you go about your day doing something else while the Jets are playing? It bothers me, still, that the October 24 game vs. Atlanta is on a Jewish holiday. Why did we have to play on Monday night that week.

    As for your wife, is she really thrilled?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:43 AM  

  • Oh, and by the way, there is no salary cap disaster. NFL contracts - with the exception of the signing bonus - are not guaranteed. If he is released, Pennington's cap number would be around $3 million per year (the prorated amount of his signing bonus) through 2011. Not nothing, but the cap will be over $90 million next year, so not terrible either.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 9:51 AM  

  • Joe:

    First of all, I didn't say I din't feel bad for the fans. I do, hell I feel bad for myself. I'm numb. Another season, another disaster.

    As for Blackburn, his career was over 2 years ago. That's when I felt worse for him. Besides, I have not fullky accepted the Rangers back yet si will not as of yet be spending time worrying about them.

    As for the salary cap: Yes, I am aware that only signing bonus is counted against the cap. My concern was as follows: didn't remember the number of his bonus but it was huge. 3 million of "dead money" is a significant cap hit. Don't forget, we will have to add Curtis (I inexplicably aged 10 years this offseason) martin's too when the jets are forced to cut his old legs. Perhaps the Jets franchised the wrong player this offseason? I'm not sure.

    By Blogger Elster, at 10:55 AM  

  • im waiting for posts other then sports
    all i follow is yankee baseball and nascar

    By Blogger Y.Y., at 11:00 AM  

  • im waiting for posts other then sports
    all i follow is yankee baseball and nascar

    By Blogger Y.Y., at 11:00 AM  

  • Pennington's bonus was $23 million. It's prorated from 04 through '11.

    Of course the Jets franchised the wrong player. John Abraham is the opposite of Chad, refusing to play in pain.

    $3 million of dead money isn't good, but last season we had more than that in dead money from Vinny's contract and still signed Pennington to his big contract. It could be worse.

    Anyway, I doubt Pennington will be released. He'll probably try to come back in '06 and hopefully will be asked to restructure his contract. I say hopefully because in sharp contrast to NE, the Jets are way too deferential to aging players making big money and might well let Chad come back with making his full salary - which would be more like a $7 million cap hit.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:05 AM  

  • Responses:

    Joe: Also, I re-thought about what I wrote. I would never root against the Jets. I take that back/ Also, I will probably watch the games even though they are meaningless.

    With regard to my wife: She was actually SAD when I told her this morning. She feels my pain though she hates football. So she's not happy about what happened. But I think she will be looking forward to my availability.

    YY - I very rarely write posts that are strictly about sports. And as you can see, this one was just a few short paragraphs. As with any post which doesn't interest you, feel free to skip to the next one...

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:10 AM  

  • Elster: Newsday is reporting that Vinny is coming back. I guess when Fabini gets beat again and Bollinger's shoulder is ruined, it'll be back to Vinny.

    Isn't YY's post somewhat similar to that of BZ on my site last week?

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:31 AM  

  • Trus me, they aren't the same person.

    As for Vinny - why not? Yes, he will throw a boneheaded interception sometimes, but he can still throw more than 10 yards downfield. Of course, the line is a shambles so he'll be on the ground more often than noit...

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:39 AM  

  • As per your email request I am reading and commenting.. Although, sorry I know absolutely nothing about football.. And my father and brothers are all computer geeks. They like sports lkess then me..

    By Blogger Semgirl, at 10:35 AM  

  • It was not a request, it was a question

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:03 AM  

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