More quotes came out Friday from former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington about Mark Sanchez. Sanchez made news late Friday night when tthe Jets made a major decision to stick with their young gun by giving the 25 year old a 3 year extension on top of his original rookie contract.
Sanchez will be under even more pressure to show he is winning over his locker room, improving his play on the field and ultimately showing he can win in the big apple. Playing quarterback in New York is probably the toughest gig on the planet and getting advice from Chad Pennington is aces.
“I don’t know if there’s anybody (better),” Sanchez said of Pennington. “He knew everything, and understood when we talked about the difficulties of the season and really underachieving last year. He knew every situation I was in, and more. It was great perspective to hear.”
“He is extremely motivated and very hungry,” Pennington said by phone Friday. “He has a desire to right the ship and take advantage of what’s in front of him.
“Sparano is a perfect fit, not only for Mark but for the Jets,” said Pennington, who has worked with combine-bound quarterbacks at the South Florida facility of New Jersey-based TEST Football Academy the past two springs. “Tony will understand how to complement Rex’s defense and how to teach Mark the difference between losing games and winning games.”
“It became a useful tool, because in New York you can get out of whack as far as the criticism you are facing,” Pennington said. “You can easily forget about positives and focus only on the negatives. We talked about understanding that some criticisms you pay attention to, and some you don’t.”
“He is excited about working with his teammates, and having the locker room they know they need to have to be successful,” Pennington said. “He is excited about working with Tony. I think he sees they have a great opportunity to be successful, and he doesn’t want the opportunity to slip by.”