HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -In many ways, this is the second season of Chad Pennington's career.
Chronologically, it's the eighth year in the NFL for the quarterback. But it's Year 2 under a new regime led by coach Eric Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
And it's Year 2 following a pair of shoulder operations that threatened his livelihood.
``After my first year with this system, the goal is not only what to do but how to do it and how to improve,'' Pennington said during the New York Jets' minicamp Friday. ``To become expert at the system and understand the details. They are what decide whether you win or lose.
``The first year was learning how to line up and do your assignments. The second year, you do the finer details with adjustments - find the things you can do better to make those adjustments to do your job better.''
For Pennington, mastering the current offensive approach shouldn't be a problem mentally, because he's one of the most cerebral quarterbacks in football. And now that his throwing arm is healthy and possibly stronger than ever, the physical challenge shouldn't be tremendously daunting, either.
A year ago, Pennington had to take baby steps coming off the second surgery. He was part of a four-quarterback rotation during minicamp and didn't truly test the arm until training camp began in late July.
This week, Pennington has made every kind of throw - and looked quite sharp with all of them.
``Chad's been on-target,'' top receiver Laveranues Coles said.
``The primary focus has been getting his body more flexible and stronger,'' Mangini said. ``All the things you usually do in a typical offseason, Chad was not able to do because of the rehab. Whenever you have to split time, it's not quite the same. Now he's been able to really focus on that and he has done a great job.''
Feeling confident in his arm has led to a spiraling confidence in the offense. Day by day, Pennington is getting a better feel for the nuances of it.
In fact, he and Coles hooked up on a long pass during the morning practice that was semi-improvisational.
``It's within the system,'' Pennington said. ``It's a designed play. It did not happen exactly like on the chalkboard when it's drawn up. When they kind of breakdown or don't seem to go right, as quarterbacks and receivers, you have to be on the same page and if you are, the ball gets to the right spot.''
It only gets there if the quarterback can let it fly with no reservations. Pennington couldn't do that 12 months ago. Now, he can.
``Last year, I was trying to make sure I could get on the field, call the plays and make as many throws as possible,'' he said. ``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 that we need to make, and I can work on those.
``Last year, it was physically just a slow process. It actually makes it frustrating. I knew where the ball needed to go, but I wasn't sure it was going to go there. Sometimes it would and sometimes it wouldn't. That's just the kinks you have to work out after you've been through an injury. You're trying to get your body back in shape.''
one to the postseason four times, three with Pennington at the helm.
Mangini appears more certain than ever that Pennington can lead the Jets even deeper into the playoffs.
``On the field, you can see him drawing on the experience of last year, taking things and advancing the system,'' the coach said. ``He is such a smart guy with a great memory, you tell him something once, it may have been three weeks ago, and when that comes up, he nails it.''

Recent NFL Discussions

COLL PLAYS FOR TUES THE MAC LOVE IT on Tue, Nov 2017 by Timmy1961
Tuesday Picks on Tue, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
Carolina Wise Guy NBA Selection 11/21! on Tue, Nov 2017 by CarolinaWiseGuy
Carolina Wise Guy CFB Selections 11/21! on Tue, Nov 2017 by CarolinaWiseGuy

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Total Pick Will the over cash for bettors when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Thursday night when the NFC East rivals clash at 8:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Total Pick Will the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys combine for enough points to push the score over the betting total when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. ET on...
Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks 11/21/17
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Thumbnail Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks Need help making your selection of your NFL survivor pool? As we do every Tuesday, here are three options for Week 12 to help push you deeper into your NFL survivor...
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Lions Total Pick Can the Detroit Lions find a way to move the ball on the impressive Minnesota Vikings defense when the two meet up on Thanksgiving Day at...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Seahawks Prediction Are the Seattle Seahawks a safe bet to cover the point spread as a home favorite tonight when they host the Atlanta Falcons? Kick-off for Monday night is set for 8:30 p.m....

NFL Team Pages