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And the Starting QBs Take the Field

Posted by Randy Lange on September 7, 2008 – 12:17 pm

Today’s season opener has many storylines, but of course one line rises above all others for many, and that’s the starting quarterbacks.

Chad Pennington is on the field now, an hour before the Jets and Dolphins kick off their 2008 seasons at Dolphin Stadium. The former Jets first-round pick (in 2000) and starting QB (from 2002-07) is stretching and walking in advance of limbering up with his fellow Miami signalcallers.

And Favre, acquired by the Jets in trade from Green Bay on Aug. 6, the day before Pennington was released, has come out again, 45 minutes before kickoff, to throw leisurely at the moment with backup Kellen Clemens.

Emotions will run high in this game. In fact, they already have. Jets assistant DL coach Bryan Cox, the former Jet and Dolphin, and Miami LB Joey Porter were seen jawing at each other at midfield during warmups.

Miami’s radio talking heads have sounded concerned about the Green & White element that is always in the Dolphin Stadium stands, and indeed a number of Jets fans have been spotted before the game, in the front rows and elsewhere in the stands, many wearing their new No. 4 jerseys.

Here’s an interesting comparison of Favre and Pennington in their last four season-opening starts, Brett for the Packers from 2004-07 and Chad for the Jets those same seasons. Both QBs are 2-2 in their starts, but for what it’s worth, Pennington’s passing numbers are quite a bit better:

 QB Atts-Comps-Pct Yards TDs-INTs Rating


137-80-58.4 720 1-5 59.9
 Pennington 115-81-70.4 974 6-1 109.8

But if the past can be any predictor of the present, Jets fans would gladly take Favre’s performance in the Packers’ 2004 opener at Carolina. In that game he was a modest 15-for-22 for 143 yards, one TD

Two stats that mean nothing: The Jets are in their green jerseys and white pants for this game, since the Dolphins are in their traditional home September white/white garb. They’re 0-2 since 2000 when opening in green/white, having lost at home to Indianapolis in 2001 and on the road at Washington to open the NFL’s 2003 regular season.

And Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are calling this game for CBS. As I mentioned on our "Jets Two-Minute Drive," in the previous 15 seasons Simms has called more Jets games than any other network broadcaster, play-by-play or analyst. That totals 41 games in all, and interestingly the Jets are 20-21 in those games.

Originally ticketed for about 13 percent of the country, this game is now going out to more than 50 percent of CBS’ affiliates.

The Jets inactives today are Brett Ratliff (as the third quarterback), QB Erik Ainge, WRs Marcus Henry and David Clowney, CB Justin Miller, LB Kenwin Cummings, OL Robert Turner and DL Kareem Brown.

The Dolphins’ IAs: John Beck (third QB), WR Ernest Wilford, CB Michael Lehan (Miami’s only listed player on the week’s injury reports), RB Jalen Parmele (no relation to Bernie Parmalee), G Shawn Murphy, DE Lionel Dotson, T Nate Garner (the Jets’ seventh-round draft pick claimed off waivers) and DE Rodrique Wright.

And the Dolphins’ pressbox crew has just passed out pregame notes, which include a Miami lineup change, with Greg Camarillo replacing Derek Hagan as the Dolphins’ starting WR opposite Ted Ginn Jr.

Both teams will introduce their teams at once, not individually.

Mike Carey is our referee today. Among the Jets games Carey has refereed are: the Bubby Brister shovel-pass game at Carolina in 1995; the Jets’ only win in 1996 at Arizona; the 2000 season-opening win over Favre and the Packers at Green Bay; Pennington’s first win as an NFL starter vs. Minnesota in ’02; the Chris Baker non-forceout game at Cleveland in ’06, and last year’s 40-13 rout here in South Florida. What does it all mean? I’m not sure.

And now, as Hank Williams Jr. used to sing before ABC Monday Night Football broadcasts and as my partner Eric Allen asked me at the top of our first radio show of the season, "Are you ready for some football?" Or to paraphrase for Jets fans, "Are you ready for some Favreball?" The opening kickoff isn’t far away.

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10 Responses to “And the Starting QBs Take the Field”

  1. By michael on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    LETS GO JETS! hey randy how do you think dwight lowery CB is going to do in the mami game?how Ira and frank what do you think?jets fan for life,Michael can’t wait for the game,20 mins intil game time

  2. By supercooljetfan on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    just watching the pregame show and dan marino thinks that the jets and brett farve are gonna be a failure this year. 15 mins to kickoff cant wait go jets.11-5 this year

  3. By Wayne on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets looking forward to a great season with Farve at the helm.Good luck Chad,just not week one or week seventeen.

  4. By Vaughn on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply


  5. By john gomez on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    just hope brett will get things done for us this season. hey if mark or bobby vargas from woodside projects read this message, get in contact with me dudes.

  6. By MC on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    I think it was a mistake to loose Pennington for Favre. I agree with Marino, wait and see all of the interceptions thrown by Favre that will result in lots of fourth quarter losses!

  7. By Dublin Jet Niall on Sep 7, 2008 | Reply

    How about that play-calling from Shotty-Looks like we’re not gonna die wondering this season, eh? And Thomas Jones-this is what we were looking for and expecting last year! (or is the Fish D so below par they’re making him look good?) What’s up with Nuge though, we could lose this with no kicker.

  8. By Rick Roucoulet on Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Randy was it true LOL that they asked FAVRE if he could kick when Nug went down??? Pretty funny but scary – Man Our rookie CB LOWERY looks awesome. & that was the position I was most worried about before the season (NOT ANYMORE) Not much from Gholston yesterday though huh? I think PACE is gonna have a great year & did you see the double & some triple teaming of JENKINS? LOL LOL – EXCITING!!!

  9. By Anthony on Sep 8, 2008 | Reply

    MC I think its a mistake you say that. What has Pennington done for the Jets? Seriously get us to the playoffs three times and throw a pick in a big moment when we needed a touchdown? Chad is a good QB don’t get me wrong he is but Favre is a GREAT qb, 3 MVPS, I superbowl. Most of the records. Come on now it speaks for itself Marino is mad Favre broke his records and will continue to surpassthem

  10. By John Kozlich on Sep 24, 2008 | Reply

    Grease a 20 foot rope and if Pennington can climb to the top let him take over from Favre, Favre is class, no support, what do you expect.

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