It won’t be long for Chad
One AFC scout said he was stunned by the lack of zip on some of Chad Pennington’s deep passes against the Raiders. Oakland secondary coach Ron Lynn said, in his pre-game film study of the Jets, he noticed that Pennington’s long balls tended to float.
Some people around here are acting as if this is some kind of revelation. As Herman Edwards would say, “Hello?” Pennington never was billed as a strong-armed quarterback, remember?
Pennington enjoyed so much success this season because of uncanny accuracy, good decision-making and a system that fits his abilities. He also was well-schooled by coordinator Paul Hackett.
When Pennington throws deep, his accuracy drops significantly. In the regular season, he completed only 11of43 attempts (26%) on balls that traveled at least 21yards in the air, and four of his six interceptions came on throws of that distance. Against the Raiders, his first interception was a 23-yard fade to Laveranues Coles.
Raiders S Anthony Dorsett said he was surprised the Jets didn’t use as many spread formations in the third quarter as they did in the first half. The Raiders struggled against the spread look, according to Dorsett.
He may have a point. On their 16-play, 81-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, the Jets used three-, four- and five-receiver packages on three consecutive plays in the red zone.
Dorsett said the Raiders made adjustments at halftime, deciding to use more man-to-man in the second half. Result: Pennington was 1-for-8 in the third quarter, with an interception and a sack. He threw five straight incompletions, something he had done only once in the regular season.
Telling stat: Perhaps the most telling statistic in the 30-10 loss to the Raiders was the Jets’ inability to stop Oakland on first down. The Raiders had 13 possessions and, on the first play of each series, they gained a total of 163 yards. That’s an average of 12.5 yards per play….Jets’ non-divisional schedule for next season is firm. Home: Giants, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Away: Washington, Philadelphia, Oakland (yes, again), Houston and Indianapolis.