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Unfiltered: Chad Pennington on playing the Jets

Chad Pennington's story -- you know, the return to New York to play the team that discarded him after seven seasons -- is a big deal. ESPN is focusing on it this week. CBS is focusing on it during Sunday's pregame show.

But you're here so you get to read what Pennington said about the matter only moments ago:

Q. How much do you relish the opportunity to play this game against a team that essentially showed you the door?

A. "Well, as only fate would have it, this is how sports always works out. This situation doesn't surprise me and I pretty much banked on it. It's a good thing. I'm excited about it. The whole team is excited about having a chance to have one shot into the playoffs. That's what you work so hard for the whole season, to get to this point to have an opportunity to play an extra game."

Q. How much more incentive do you have to win this game especially since the Jets brought in Brett Favre and out you go. He gets a Pro Bowl spot that maybe you deserve. How much more incentive is there for you to win this game?

"To be honest with you it's the same. As far as the emotion, the emotional part happened in the first game. And I'm glad that it did happen in the first game. So now it's strictly business trying to win a football game. It just so happens we're playing my former team. Will there be some emotions? Sure. You're going back the Meadowlands where you played eight years. But I just don't think it will be to the magnitude that it was in the season-opener when the situation was so fresh and so new. It's a little bit different now. We've got two really good teams that are vying for a playoff spot. And it's going to be an exciting game."

When you became a Dolphins did you dream or anticipate this scenario would play out?

"Sure. I think if you don't have those expectations for yourself as an individual, especially as a quarterback, if you don't believe you can help change a team, help a team, and lead a team to victory, you really don't have business being behind center. And so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I think our whole team didn't know what to expect for ourselves. But at the same time we expected ourselves to play well. We expected a lot out of ourselves and we expected ourselves to be successful. To what level of success, we really didn't know based upon our youth, and all the new people that were part of the team, and all the different scenarios. Are we shocked we're here? No, not at all. Because we've worked extremely hard and talked about this opportunity and this position for quite some time now."


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Go kill em' Chad.

Throw a couple of deep balls (on first down) early to keep them off balance and not crowding the line.

If you dont think chads sporting a woody about this game you havent been paying attention. he may say its just another game but anyone who gets screwed ovep at there job should be rooting for chad.

I'll Bet he dosnt get much sleep tonite.

Mando, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I've made a few New Year's resolutions. The first is to only say you suck when absolutely necessary.

The second is to get a bidet because things can get awfully messy down there.

Happy New Year and GO DOLPHINS!!!

UPDATE: Will Allen's injury today is reported as a groin injury.

Kick the crap outta the hated Jets I say. there is no other team I despise more in the NFL!!! And I have been an avid Fins fan since '66!!! Good luck gentlemen and give us all a belated Merry Christmas on Sundy in Jersey!!!

Oh man this feels like a playoff game,,, i hope is not a close game i dunno how many dolphins close games im going to take

Revenge is best served cold! Miami 45 jets 13, AFC CHAMPIONS ! JDOVE, DOLPHINS DEFENDER

The Dolphins WILL win this game.Can you all feel the vibe!!They WILL get the respect they so richly deserve!!The football gods have placed bad karma at the Jets front door.Chad will see to it that the Dolphins play another day.Mando,thanks for the blogs you do a hell of a job.Merry Christmas to all!!!!

The best X-mas present I could get this year is a victory by Miami 45 Jets 13 and booting both hated rivals Cheating Pats and Wets out of playoffs in one single boot!

Man I hope will allen and crowder play on sunday we need em both. And we all know cp is gonna be pc till sunday. Then all the emotions will be left on the field.


I like how all of the players on this team handle media and handle the next game. All season, they've gone into games with a good attitude and the mindset that each game is tough and each game needs special attention. They are having a great season, a historical season, and they don't have a big head about it. They're very level-headed and know what needs to be done to keep going. Man, do I love these Dolphins!

And Merry Christmas Armando! Merry Christmas to all the posters as well!

What classy comments by a classy guy. Best of luck to Chad and the entire team on Sunday... We'll be cheering them on at Tony's up here in Atlanta! GO DOLPHINS!!

I think there will be Quite a few Jets fans there rooting for Chad to do well

To Jets fans

Clean your Dam room and get a Job
and stop talking back at your mother


Chad is the greatest addition to the Fins since Marino was drafted in '83.

Best of luck to Chad and the rest of the crew and thanks for a great season so far.

Christmas is much more fun this year!

Best to all!

let me say that penny has that killer instinct ala jordan and bird....and his teammates wont let him down...half the jets hate mangini and favre and will love to see penny in the tournament....i bet half the jets fans will be wearing their penny jerseys, and at the first sign of trouble, will be rooting FOR penny and the fish and /against FAVRE AND MANGINI...it will be surreal!!! they will be BOOOIING FAVRE OFF THE FIELD it will be a sports moment in time mando...trust me, i know the nyc sports fans....btw have i mentioned that i have four seats first row at the 40 yeard line behind the nyets bench? i will be able to say i was there until the day i die!!! mando hope to meet you there to celebrate....happy hanukah and keep up the good work

This is gonna be one great game. I can't wait until Sunday. Lets go Phins.
Lets go

To quote the late great Tupac Shakur "I ain't no killer but don't tempt me, REVENGE is the sweetest joy next to getting P&$$^

To quote the late great Tupac Shakur "I ain't no killer but don't tempt me, REVENGE is the sweetest joy next to getting P&$$^

ESPN is picking the Dolphins 24-17 over the jets. I would just like to say,thank you Chad Pennington, for being a real leader and gentleman., you are rare. GOD speed.

The Jet fans are having a melt down..check out the blog at New York Post.com

this was my entry to stir the pot...:)

I'm out? Very original..must be Wet numbnut fan. You guys ate the cheese with The saviour Farve..The crow is the main meal, however..Dolfan from California...

No Allen = Big Day for Favre. I'm starting to get a bad feeling.

Miami is going to win this game, but I think we'll continue to win the way we've been winning these past few weeks. It's going to be a grind and it's going to come down to the last few minutes. We're either going to need our defense or our offense to seal the deal in the end, and someone will step up to make it happen. 21-17 Dolphins over the Jets & on the way to the playoffs!

Mando--Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Steve G you are absolutely right. I asked that little Darlington turd a question on one of his chats and never got an answer. What a loser.

Cole would engage us. Armando engages us. At least they know who is responsible for making them popular.

Armando, have a merry christmas and a happy new year. No tickets for you next year. If you get one, get in touch and I'll take care of it for you.

Pennington knows that field, playing at the same field for 8 games a year for 8 years...ONE of the X factors in this game. GO DOLPHINS!!!!!

It's a field...

Like the Late Great God Father of soul once said, "Get ready for the big payback (the big payback!!)...(the big payback!!) Sold me out for chump change...

I sh*t on all of you.

The Dolphins are going to have to play great ... don't think the Jets are going to just roll over and die ... they want the playoffs too! If miami can keep Farve under control (an early INT would be perfect) and avoid giving up the long passes they will be fine. And if Farve trows up a lame duck like the first meeting ... go and get the ball ... don't let it find a Jets reciever and make Farve look like the Saviour!


I know it would seem unlikely, but if ronnie brown runs for 141 yards, he would have his first 1000 yard season. go ronnie!!!

"Does anyone even try to read Jeff Darlingtons Q&A anymore?
Posted by: Steve G | December 24, 2008 at 03:59 PM"

Not a chance. Stopped reading it mid-way last season. Darlington is QA PopWarner. He doesn't know how to keep it interesting. His answers ramble forever. Jason Cole, short, terse, pointed, in your face answers. Sometimes 20-30 replies a day. Now Cole is STUCK at Yahoo.com (although the pay is better). He never writes Miami anymore for fear of being labeled a fan because of his past Herald gig. So I also stopped reading Cole as well. Unfortunate scenario.

"I'm out? Very original..must be Wet numbnut fan. You guys ate the cheese with The saviour Farve..The crow is the main meal, however..Dolfan from California...
Posted by: JR | December 24, 2008 at 06:57 PM"

The JETS ate the cheese! Great line.

Yo Derrick...it won't be Ronnies 1st 1000 yrd season...it would be his 2nd...he eclipsed 1000 yards in 2006...he had 1007 yards rushing that year

Chad Pennington always a class act. Just go out there and show the Jets what they lost. Kick butt. You are the classiest guy on that field. Have a great game and win the division that you deserve. GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!

Chad has been good and I hope he can pull off an upset against the J-E-T-S, but no whatever what happens if MATT CASSELL is available in the offseason we should back the truck up and give him the key to the city if he wants it!

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