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26 Sep 2005

Pennington, Fiedler Injured in Loss

The first 12 comments here came when Ryan posted earlier in the day that Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler were out for an unspecified amount of time. According to the AP, that amount of time is now "all year" for Pennington and "six weeks" for Fiedler. Is Vinny Testaverde already waiting by his phone? Did the entire AFC East break a mirror and run over a black cat yesterday? And how good do people who bet the over on the Miami Dolphins feel right now?

In the meantime, get ready for the Brooks Bollinger Experience. Remember his comment in PFP 2005: "If your team ends up with him under center, it's time to turn off the TV." Click.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 26 Sep 2005

23 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2005, 1:12pm by Travis


by Noble (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 11:13am


...what's Vinny Testaverde doing these days?

by Paul (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 11:21am

I hear Rohan Davey needs a job.

by Paul (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 11:24am

Sorry for the double-post... What was Herm Edwards thinking when he put Pennington back in there after Fiedler got hurt? They both should've stayed on the pine to watch the 3rd stringer. And, what was Herm Edwards doing calling those timeouts?

by BillinNYC (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 1:09pm

Is the Bachelor still in New York?

by El Angelo (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 2:46pm

I'm all for Riders of Rohan. Brooks is not the answer. Screw it, we're destined to 5-11 this year anyway.

by ABW (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 4:05pm

Didn't the Ravens sign Kordell Stewart a couple of weeks ago? I know Herm Edwards has a thing for Quincy Carter....could we see the Quincy Carter - Slash match up on Oct. 2? That would be awesome, and by awesome I mean "comically absurd and really bad for the receivers stats."

by Noble (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 4:11pm

I was going to suggest Carter too, but doesn't he have a 4 game suspension he hasn't served yet?

by JG (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 4:49pm

I don't know if I can tell the difference between an injured Pennington and a healthy one, but as a Wisconsin Alum I can say "Go Brooks!".

P.S. Sorry Jets fans, your season is screwed.

by dryheat (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 5:32pm

My God...that's....that's Tommy Maddox music!

by B (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 5:44pm

JG: If you wanted to be mean, you could say the difference between an injured Pennington and a healty one is how far from the line of scrimmage the interception is.

by JG (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 6:19pm

While I will give you credit for a rather nice QB insult, I really wasn't trying to be mean. I am, after all, a Bears fan and am quite familiar with the woes of injury and shoddy QB play. However my statement still rings true, even when healthy Pennington threw fairly accurate passes, they just looked like a John Stockton heaving a least second prayer from 3/4 of the length of the court.

by Sean (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 7:59pm

I sincerely hope (and quietly expect) that when the Jets offense takes the field on Sunday, Vinny is going to be in the huddle. He is far and away the best quarterback available, he's familiar with the team and the personnel, and he simply gives the team the best chance to win some games over the next few weeks.

Time to come home, Vinny.

by MDS (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 10:09pm

Doesn't it seem like the Pennington injury has been mishandled from the beginning? I don't think it fully healed last season before he returned, and then yesterday he went back into the game after he hurt it. Dumb.

by Sean (not verified) :: Mon, 09/26/2005 - 11:49pm

It's official- Pennington is done for the year. What a blow.

The Jets have been working out Jonathan Quinn, Doug Johnson and Jesse Palmer. I don't know what that's about, but if it proves that Fiedler is done for the year as well (which is apparently a possibility), that they are looking to sign someone in addition to Vinny Testaverde rather than instead of him.

by NF (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 12:14am

Barring an implosion of the Dolphins passing game, I think Miami has a decent chance to win the division. The AFC East is collapsing that rapidly.

A question: At this rate, how long before we talk about whether a team can win the super bowl on the basis of whether there vital personnel are healthy?

by BillT (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 12:38am

Ok, I've held it in long enough.


There. I hope you all understand that I had to do that and please feel free to ignore it.

by RowdyRoddyPiper (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 12:57am

Jets fans, do not despair, 6th round Big Ten quarterback, sound familiar?? No, just kidding, you can turn off your TVs. Looks like Brooks may not be able to throw but he's got incredible timing, Ravens, Bucs, Bills and Falcons over the next 4 weeks...yikes...ummm quadruple yikes.

by Raul Allegre's Revenge (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 1:20am

Hey, Jeff Hostetler looked pretty good during that telethon last week.

by Josh (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 1:35am

As a Jets fan, I guess the best I can hope for in the Brooks Bollinger era is a Craig Krenzel type performance - play like crap but somehow find a way to win for a couple games.

If I'm thinking long-term I realize I should be hoping for him to play like Krenzel and get the results that should come from that, but it's way too early in the season for me to accept that my team has nothing to play for.

What does Herm say if a reporter asks him if the team will try to win? Does he repeat "YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!!!!" Someone's got to ask him

by benjy (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 11:14am

This is actually the best thing that could have happened to Gang Green. Over the last two years, I've come to the realization that Chad isn't (wasn't) one of the premier QBs in this league. His intelligence and moxie were exactly what the Jets needed 4 years ago, but the fact that he can't throw a 15-yard out without it becoming a fade route hurts a lot. He's been blessed with a great running game to mask his shortcomings, but I think he's done.

Time to start over...let's get a QB in there that can fit into Heimerdinger's more vertical offense. MDS is on-target (as usual): the injury was poorly handled...Chad wanted to get back in there, naturally, and Herm can't stand up to him. The Jets need to look into drafting a QB again. Ugh.

by JG (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 12:12pm

You know, after sunday I'm not feeling so bad that my team plays in the woeful NFC North. Jets fans, I feel for you, after Kordell Steward, Chris Chandler, Jonathan Quinn, Craig Krenzel, and Chad Hutchinson have started in the last two years for the Bears. It's painful to watch, however I think you are in the same boat as we are at the moment. Still a legitimate chance at the playoffs due to the level of competition. Good luck.

BillT- it took a decade of high-school quality quarterbacks for the bears to free Jeff George (atleast as a backup) last year. I think it'll take somewhat more despiration than starting Brooks for the Jets to get that far.

by Catholic Samurai (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 1:12pm

It's offical, guys.

*Cue Vinny T's music*

by Travis (not verified) :: Tue, 09/27/2005 - 1:12pm

The Jets just signed Vinny Testaverde. Click my name for the link.