Coles has Pennington's back

After Sunday's uncharacteristically poor performance from Chad Pennington, his teammates and coach wasted little time erasing any doubt as to the faith they have in their quarterback.

"You can't say nothing about Chad," Laveranues Coles said in defense of Pennington. "If you all want to blame somebody, blame me. No, we lost as a team, we played as a team. But if you guys have to point a finger, it's definitely not him [Chad]."

Pennington went 21 for 36, throwing for 229 yards and a touchdown in the defeat. He threw three costly interceptions, two of which found the hands of Giants rookie cornerback, Aaron Ross, who returned one for a touchdown.

Interestingly, the Giants defense, playing on the heels of a twelve sack performance a week ago, was limited to just one on the afternoon. The Jets offensive line performed well, keeping the vicious Giants pass rush at bay most of the afternoon, and provided Pennington with plenty of time in the pocket. Still, the usually consistent Pennington looked out of sync most of the game and was bailed out early by a few spectacular grabs by Coles.

Eric Mangini, perhaps in anticipation of a media driven quarterback debate, was quick to come to Pennington's aid and refute any such rumors before they began.

"We were taking a chance there for the homerun ball and had some big plays there," Mangini said of Pennington's final interception. "but his feet weren't set the way they could have been and I thought it was a good play by the defensive back on the last one. He did a good job on cutting the route. All those plays we could have run the routes more effectively, we could have blocked and gave him more time. It's never about one person."

The loss is the second disappointing defeat in as many weeks for the Jets, and drops the team to 1-4 on the season.

Pennington may have lost the game, but based on the comments of the coach, he likely didn't lose his job.

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