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Giants to sell PSL's - Jets likely to follow

By Hoss Aultman

Posted Jun 26, 2008

The Giants announced on Thursday afternoon that they will sell PSL's at the new Jets-Giants Stadium.

"All the net proceeds from the sale of PSLs will be used to fund construction of the new stadium," said Giants President John Mara. "You can sell them or will them - the season-ticket holder gets to decide. This isn't the case now.

"We have spent months exploring our various options regarding the financing of the construction of the new stadium. Given construction costs and NFL and lender requirements for paying down our debt, and after much thought and analysis, we decided this PSL program is necessary."

Expect the Jets to do the same.


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There's still time for Woody Johnson to do the right thing

To no one's surprise, the Giants announced today they will be using Personal Screw Licenses to help fund the new stadium. The Jets, as we've discussed, have not yet made the call on PSLs, though last week's survey sent out to season ticket holders suggests that announcement is imminent. I continue, at no charge, suggest Woody Johnson take this approach to PSLs.

My favorite parts of the Giants announcement are the respective comments of co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch. Both sounded almost apologetic for the decision.


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What Kind of Starting Quarterback Has Chad Pennington Really Been?

By Joe Caporoso | June 26th, 2008

Yet another piece in the ongoing quarterback controversy…

Jets fans seem to be roughly split 50/50 on who the starting quarterback should be. One of the main points that is constantly argued is the previous accomplishments of Chad Pennington, and whether or not his past is enough to warrant him starting this year. Let’s take a look back at Chad Pennington’s history as the New York Jets starting quarterback:

2002: Chad took over for Vinny Testaverde after the Jets stumbled to a 1-3 start. He promptly led one of the greatest turn arounds in team history as the team finished the year 8-4 and won the AFC East title with a 9-7 record. This was clearly Pennington’s best year as he finished the season with 3,120 yards passing, 22 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. He also led the team to a 41-0 first round blowout victory over the Colts, before they eventually lost to Oakland 30-10 to end their season.

Stat Line: 12 starts, 3,120 yards, 22 touchdowns, 6 INT’s, 104.2 quarterback rating, 68.9 completion percentage.

Positive: Over the course of the Jets last two regular season games (which were must wins to clinch a playoff spot) and their 1st round win over the Colts. Pennington threw 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while averaging over 225 yards per game, and a 73 percent completion percentage, which is probably one of the best 3 game stretches for any Jets quarterback in the team history.

Negative: Went 21 of 47 for 183 yards, with 2 interceptions in the Jets second round loss to Oakland.

2003: Pennington got hurt in the pre-season and came back as the starting quarterback with the Jets in a 2-5 hole. They finished the year 4-5 under Pennington, as he clearly took a couple of steps back from his banner 2002 season. Regardless, the Jets were clearly a much better team with Pennington on the field, rather than off it at this time.

Stat Line: 9 starts, 2139 yards, 13 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 82.9 quarterback rating, 63.6 completion percentage.

Positive: Led the Jets on a last second game winning drive against Jacksonville, and played well in a Monday Night upset of the playoff bound Tennessee Titans.

Negative: Threw 5 interceptions and 0 touchdowns against the Patriots on Monday Night Football, in a 23-16 loss.

2004: Pennington received a big contract and promptly led the Jets to a 5-0 start. However, after losing 2 of their next 3, Pennington hurt his arm against Buffalo and missed three games in the middle of the season. He would return for the stretch run and finish the year 2-3 as the starter. Pennington played well in the Jets first round upset against San Diego, but struggled heavily in their second round heartbreaking loss to the Steelers. Despite the Jets returning a punt and interception for a touchdown, they still lost in overtime thanks to a pair of Doug Brien missed field goals.

Stat Line: 13 starts, 2673 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 91.0 quarterback rating, 65.4 completion percentage.

Positive: Led the team to a 5-0 start; went 23 of 33 for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns in San Diego en route to the Jets wild-card victory.

Negative: Only threw for 180 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception against Pittsburgh in the divisional round loss.

2005: Many people questioned whether Pennington was healthy from surgery the year before, but he began the season as the Jets starter anyway. He was knocked out for the season in week 3 against Jacksonville and the Jets limped to a 4-12 record.

Stat Line: 3 starts, 530 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 70.9 quarterback rating, 59.0 completion percentage.

Positive: Played well in the Jets week 2 win against Miami, where he went 8 for 8 with a touchdown in the 4th quarter.

Negative: Fumbled 6 snaps in the opener against Kansas City.

2006: Pennington won the 4-way quarterback competition in camp and went on to have a solid season. He captured the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award, and was good enough for the Jets to be a 10-6 wild-card team.

Stat Line: 16 starts, 3352 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 82.6 quarterback rating, 64.5 completion percentage.

Positive: Starting the season with back to back 300 yard games.

Negative: Was only 23 of 40, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the Jets first round loss to the Patriots.

2007: We are all very familar with this story. Pennington started the year off, got hurt, got his job back, struggled, got benched, played late in the season, and is now facing Kellen Clemens in a quarterback battle.

Stat Line: 9 starts (Counting New England), 1765 yards, 10 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 86.1 quarterback rating, 68.8 completion percentage.

Positive: Jubilant spike after running for a touchdown against Miami week 3.

Negative: Pick 6’s that cost the Jets the Giants and Bengals games.

Overall: Pennington was a great quarterback in 2002. He was average in his limited number of starts in 2003. He started off the year great in 2004, but then struggled after his injury. He was hurt all of 2005. He was a good quarterback in 2006, and an average at best quarterback in 2007. In his 5 playoff starts, he played great in the wild-card round against the Colts and Chargers, struggled heavily in the divisional round against Oakland and Pittsburgh, and played below average in the wild-card round to the Patriots.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 at 3:13 pm and is filed under Jets Sites, The ****pit, Blogroll, Uncategorized.

Does anyone know the answer to this: How many games has Chad led us to victory after being 10 points or more down in the 4th quarter against a top 10 defense?

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