"Chad (Pennington) will be the starter this weekend," Mangini said during his Wednesday press-conference. "I went back through the tape, looked at it and felt very good about the decision¬ making process. There were quite a few plays that I really liked, especially the third-down scramble that he had. That is classic Chad. He steps up in the pocket, he's under pressure, his ability to throw off that significantly bigger defensive lineman, find the sticks, get the first down and try to keep the drive moving."
Completing 20 of 31 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns, Pennington was far from awful last weekend. Yet, in what appears to be the theme for the season, the topic dominating the headlines this week, once again, was the security of his job.
At 1-6, the Jets chances of earning a playoff spot are nearly non-existent. However, the team still seems far from waving the white flag on the season. They remain convinced that Pennington gives them the best chance to win, and until they begin thinking otherwise, Clemens will remain as the backup. A role he seems comfortable with.
"I absolutely support Chad 100 percent." Clemens said after the announcement was made. "I know that this team does. He is a great player, a great competitor and a good teammate. We are all behind him. It is important for us to get a win this week"
Although Mangini has named Pennington his starter, he was not as adamant about his decision this week as he has been in weeks past. Should Pennington struggle, Mortensen's proclamation of a week ago may prove true after all.