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Pennington wants to return to the Dolphins

When quarterback Chad Pennington suffered yet another shoulder injury during the 2009 season, it widely was presumed that his days as a Dolphin had ended.

But as he prepares to become a free agent, Pennington is interested in staying in Miami, even if it means serving as second fiddle to Chad Henne.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports that Pennington’s first choice is to remain with the team.

But Pennington could have options elsewhere, including Arizona, where per Darlington at least two players believe the team will make a run at him.

And the chances of Pennington actually playing for the Cardinals are much greater, given the team’s lack of faith in Matt Leinart — who already would have been the starter if the franchise truly viewed him as the long-term answer.

Either way, we hope the former Marshall quarterback gets on the field during his eleventh NFL season; the two-time comeback player of the year would then have a shot at winning the award a third time.

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24 Responses to “Pennington wants to return to the Dolphins”
  1. Caldon says: Feb 4, 2010 9:00 AM

    Come back to the Fins Chad, either as a backup or get into coaching as QB coach or some similar job to get your feet wet.

  2. ebr362 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:11 AM

    The only problem with Pennington in Arizona is the same problem with Pennington anywhere. I am a fan of CP and what he acheived for the dolphins, but lets be honest, his complete lack of arm strength will nullify the deep home run threats of fitzgerald/boldin/breaston. You want the game managed, he one of the best and get ready for a steady dose of 5-10 yrd passes and long clock eating drives.

  3. red13 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:14 AM

    Chad, please come to St. Louis. Don’t worry that our O-line leaks like a sieve, and we go through 2-3 QBs a year because of injury…we sure could use some help!

  4. Big Stretch says: Feb 4, 2010 9:15 AM

    “And the chances of Pennington actually playing for the Cardinals are much greater, given the team’s lack of faith in Matt Leinart — who already would have been the starter if the franchise truly viewed him as the long-term answer.”
    While Kurt Warner was there it didn’t matter if they thought Leinart was gonna be the next Dan Marino there was no way the Cards would have started any young QB over Kurt Warner. It’s not like Leinart lost the job to Jon Kitna or someone like that, he lost the job to one of the best clutch Qbs in the league and a future H.O.F. QB.

  5. ADX says: Feb 4, 2010 9:17 AM

    I’m sure Pennington would like to be anywhere he gets paid to be a dink and dunk candy arm qb.

  6. hatethepolice says: Feb 4, 2010 9:20 AM

    And people in hell want a glass of cold water.

  7. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 4, 2010 9:27 AM

    Whether Arizona wants him or not, it just doesn’t seem like a good fit for him. Sure, he’ll get to play at some point, but he doesn’t have the arm strength to carry that offense. I wouldn’t want to end my career on that note if I were him.

  8. D wins games says: Feb 4, 2010 9:30 AM

    “given the team’s lack of faith in Matt Leinart — who already would have been the starter if the franchise truly viewed him as the long-term answer.”
    I have no view on whether Leinart is the answer for the Cards, but the above is one dumbass statement. How does his inability to beat out a HOF QB equate with the team not having faith in him? And he certainly would not be the first QB to fail at first only to do much better after some time on the bench to mature.

  9. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Feb 4, 2010 9:36 AM

    Totally agree with Caldon. I would love to keep Chad on as a QB coach. What he taught Henne is obvious on the field, and I think he could really excel as a coach in this league. He’s a class act all around, and a decent option as a backup QB.
    Agree with ebr362, also. His lack of arm strength is SO frustrating. This season, before he got injured, he threw a pass to a wide open Cobbs…who had to wait…and wait…annnnnd wait for that ball to get there. Everything that Chad has in knowledge and vision on the field he loses in lack of arm strength. When Henne came in, everything looked supersonic by comparison.
    I think Penny will end up a coach somewhere, someday. I hope he stays in Miami for a while because he is a class act and a likable fellow.

  10. stan26 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:40 AM

    Would appear he is best suited for a WCO.
    Browns, Bucs?

  11. overkil2 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:41 AM

    I would love for him to stay and mentor Henne and Thigpen.
    Take Pat White and move him to slot receover.

  12. overkil2 says: Feb 4, 2010 9:43 AM

    Actually, it’s sad to say this, but he would be the perfect QB for the Jets.
    Their defense and run game is awesome. They just need a good game manager that won’t throw INTs.

  13. realitypolice says: Feb 4, 2010 10:07 AM

    red13 says:
    February 4, 2010 9:14 AM
    Chad, please come to St. Louis. Don’t worry that our O-line leaks like a sieve, and we go through 2-3 QBs a year because of injury…we sure could use some help!
    —————————
    OMG. The over under on quarters played before CP is actually killed on the field playing behind that line is 2.5.

  14. Dayton Dolfan says: Feb 4, 2010 10:11 AM

    I could see him in Minnesota if Favre retires. They run a lot of short screen type plays there. Seems like he would fit in. Im a Fin fan, I’d like to see him be a back up in Miami next year, but if he gets the chance to start, he should take it.

  15. Corzo_United says: Feb 4, 2010 10:14 AM

    i think CP is a class act and i wish him well wherever he goes

  16. raiderrob21 says: Feb 4, 2010 10:17 AM

    He would be a perfect fit for 49ers. They should go after him.

  17. Sportnman says: Feb 4, 2010 10:38 AM

    Chad-
    As a Marshall Alumni, I am THE only person speaking the truth to you. Come to Nashville, back VY up. We don’t have any receivers that can run a route past 30 yrds anyway. Also…here it comes! Four words baby….NO STATE INCOME TAX! For a guy toward the end of his career…three years here in Nashville could be VERY profitable!

  18. BKILBY13 says: Feb 4, 2010 11:27 AM

    @Sportnman-
    Florida doesn’t have a state income tax either.
    A better argument is that he can stay on the field and hand off to CJ and not jog out to the flank to act as a WR while Ronnie Brown takes a snap and fakes a handoff to Ricky Williams.
    But, he wants to start, not back up a young up and coming QB. How about starting for a year while either Jimmy Claussen or Sam Bradford learn?
    It obviously worked in Miami. Henne wasn’t supposed to start a game this year. Miami had already said that Henne was going to be the starter in 2010. Henne learned a lot from Pennington, and so could Bradford or Claussen.

  19. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 4, 2010 11:30 AM

    see u in Buffalo Chad

  20. danlinker says: Feb 4, 2010 11:33 AM

    Anyone who thinks the cards shouldn’t get chad or another proven vet is clearly not a cards fan. What if it were your team that was considering starting Leinart? Think about that for a minute. Not such a nice thought now is it?
    McNabb, Pennington, Culpepper, Vick, I will take ANY of them over Leinart. And that’s just the start of the list.
    With Leinart at QB, it would be easier on the cards offense if they just handed the ball to the opponent, instead of making them all line up for a pick or pick 6.

  21. Fins2theleft says: Feb 4, 2010 11:46 AM

    Id love to have Penny back as the #2/mentor to our young Qbs & Recievers, but then what to we do with Pat White? Thigpen definitely deserves to be slotted ahead of White on the depth chart, but theres no way we keep 4 Qbs so this will interesting

  22. overkil2 says: Feb 4, 2010 12:32 PM

    “Fins2theleft says:
    February 4, 2010 11:46 AM
    Id love to have Penny back as the #2/mentor to our young Qbs & Recievers, but then what to we do with Pat White? Thigpen definitely deserves to be slotted ahead of White on the depth chart, but theres no way we keep 4 Qbs so this will interesting

    The Pat White experiment was an utter FAIL!!
    The kid just looks like a kid playing against men. He’s gonna get killed out there by the LBs. I think the only way you keep White is if you try to make him a receiver.

  23. Pablo0620 says: Feb 4, 2010 4:46 PM

    I hope he stays with us as a QB Coach or maybe a back up this year then QB coach in the future. Combine his brain with Henne’s physical attributes and you got yourself a QB

  24. texasPHINSfan says: Feb 4, 2010 6:16 PM

    I would love to keep him as our #2 QB, and then move on to coaching with us after his playing days are over.

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