5 Questions with Chad Pennington

The Jets' QB talks about finish up strong, and going against one of the game's best, in Brett Favre.

Q: The Miami vs. New England game is at 1pm on Sunday, so you may know where your playoff hopes lie before your game. How will that affect you?


Pennington: I don't think it should have an impact, because if you're a true football player, you'll have enough pride about yourself to play well no matter what the circumstances are. Some people will know and some of us won't because we'll be out there on the field. People may tell us, but that's not the issue. The issue is how we finish up the season, especially with all the adversity we've come through. To be able to have a winning record will really say something about us as a football team.


Q: What can a young quarterback like yourself learn from Brett Favre?


Pennington: The one thing about Brett is that he plays every play as if it's his last play. He's very competitive and he plays the game with a lot of emotion and a lot of energy. He has a short-term memory. If something goes bad with the first part of the game or a certain play, he just lets it go immediately and then tries to make another great play. That's what's really great about him.


Q: In hindsight, do you think you would have still been the same player had you been thrown in during your rookie year?


Pennington: Obviously when you're thrown into the fire early you have to make your mistakes that you'd normally make on the practice field, on the game field. I'm not going to sit here and say that I would have done as good a job or better. I really don't know how I would have reacted to that situation. But I really think that being able to sit for two years and take everything in has been a positive for me.


Q: What's your mindset heading into this game, which may mean everything, or may mean nothing?


Pennington: For me it means everything because it gives us a chance to have a wining record after starting 2-5. To be able to bounce back and have a winning season is quite an accomplishment for us. If we're who we say we are as a team and as individuals, no matter what the outcome is before we play, it shouldn't affect us. We have to go out and play as hard as we can and get a win, because being 9-7 is a good thing for us after starting 2-5.


Q: What's your overall synopsis of the Green Bay defense?


Pennington: A couple things come to mind. The first is that they have a very strong front seven and a very good pass rush. And they're very opportunistic. They've created a lot of turnovers this year. They're plus 18 in the turnover margin, which is pretty amazing. Not only do they create a lot of turnovers, but they've been able to do something with them, with interceptions and fumble recoveries, turn them into touchdowns and long returns to help their offense.



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