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Former NFL QB Chad Pennington hopes Jets can turn things around

October 2, 2016: Former NY JETS Quarterback Chad Pennington signs autographs before the game between the New York Jets versus the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Dennis Schneidler/Icon Sportswire)
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Former New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington has become just the latest person to express his opinion regarding the struggling AFC East franchise. However, while most simply pile on, the former NFL signal caller actually hopes that Jets head coach Todd Bowles can turn things around in East Rutherford.

“My one hope for the Jets is that they give coach Bowles a chance to right the ship, don’t pull everything away from him and then make him the reason why they’re getting rid of him because of the lack of success,” Pennington said, via NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “He is the right guy, I think he showed that in his first year, last year was an anomaly and this year you can see, wow, what a task he has.”

Additionally, Pennington said it’s “essential” to have a veteran quarterback under center.

“Having Josh McCown in the quarterback room is essential,” Pennington added. “He was a teammate of mine in Miami. [He’s an] amazing person, so for anybody to be able to go in there and stabilize the room, Josh can do that.”

The 41-year-old Pennington was originally selected by the Jets in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Marshall. Prior to his three-year stint with the Dolphins, Pennington spent a total of eight seasons with the Jets.

For his NFL career, he threw for just under 18,000 yards alongside 102 touchdown passes.

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