A conversation with Chad Pennington

Q)What is your mindset about the upcoming NFL season?

Pennington: For me, it's about being available and making sure that I'm available for another 16 games. That's my challenge- to be available again this year because if you are not available you can not help your team win on the field. It's all about consistency and the great thing about this league is that what you have done in the past has no bearing on the upcoming season. All 32 teams have a shot to be successful.

Q)What was your focus in the off-season workouts?

Pennington: I have been focusing on my total body. For the last two years, I have had to focus on my shoulder- on one area of my body just to be able to compete. This year has been a little bit different because I have been able to work out with my teammates, which has been extremely fun, and I haven't had to stay in the rehab room or in the training room. Secondly, I have just focused on total body strength and on getting my weight back to where I want it.

Q)What are your thoughts on the Pete Kendall situation?

Pennington: Business is business and that's the side of the game that, as players, you hate to go through because you love the game and love being out here with your teammates. On the flip side of that, there is a business side to this game and we all have to handle it the way that we perceive to be the best. I've been through a similar situation and every professional athlete, including all NFL players, has to go through business situations when it comes to contracts and every one has to handle it the way they see fit. You can't ever take business personal.

Q)How are things going working with the new quarterback coach?

Pennington: It gives Brian (Schottenheimer) a little relief to where he can really concentrate on concepts and the whole perspective. (Brian) Daboll can hone in on us as individuals. Having a second pair of eyes doesn't hurt matters. It really helps matters by making sure that we stay detailed and focused on the details of what we are doing. If one coach misses something, we have a second coach to back him up.

Q)How comfortable are you in the offense entering you second year with this playbook?

Pennington: I'm really getting a lot out of being able to execute some of the finer details, the finer throws, the ball placement and the accuracy and making those throws actually happen. Last year, I was just trying to make sure that I can get on the field, call the plays and make as many throws as possible. This year, I have all of the confidence in the world to make all of the throws and all of the different types of ball placement throws that we need to make and I can work on those. Last year, physically, it was just a slow process. Now, I feel like I'm progressing physically and it's time to put the physical and mental together.

Q)What was it like last year learning a new offense while also rehabbing your shoulder?

Pennington: It certainly makes it frustrating. Sometimes in the last few years, I knew where the ball needed to go, but I wasn't sure if it was going to go there. Sometimes it would and sometimes it wouldn't. There is so much that goes on inside of your body with muscle memory and your nerves and all of the different things that you don't see on the outside, but you feel them on the inside and you just feel that something is not right. Throughout all of last year and into this offseason, I feel like each day I have been able to come out here and make more progress and try to become more accurate.


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