Page 2 of 4 -- "You only get little small windows of opportunity against good teams. We played well against them, but we didn't make the plays. I admire what they've done. I appreciate how they play. It's a credit to their players and their staff. We'd all like to emulate how they play."
A year ago, Tom Brady completed only 46 more passes than Pennington yet he produced 1,019 more yards despite Pennington connecting on 65.4 percent of his throws to Brady's 60.8.
"I think a little bit of it is we didn't ask him to throw deep a whole lot, to be quite honest," Edwards said. "And a little bit of it is obviously he had surgery on his shoulder, so his shoulder was hurting before people knew about it, or it was talked about.
"But he's good enough to throw the ball down the field. Our offense wasn't an offense that took a lot of vertical shots. It was more percentage-type throwing, move the chains and get an opportunity to maybe take one. It's like anything else: You get good at what you do.
"Now, that doesn't mean we'll be the Oakland Raiders of the past and every other play we'll throw one down the field. We're not going to do that. But we are going to take some shots because the league allows you to do that. The old verbiage of `shutdown corner,' he's becoming extinct because of the rules.
"Our league wants receivers to have free access so they can go down the field, and we throw the ball and make big plays and the fans go to games that have 35, 40 points. Fans like that. And even though they like a 6-3 game every once in a while, they basically want to see scoring."
Edwards said Pennington has been at the Jets' complex regularly this offseason, working with new offensive cooordinator Mike Heimerdinger in the video room. The return of wide receiver Laveranues Coles in the trade that sent Santana Moss to the Redskins was designed to reunite Pennington with his favorite deep receiver of two years ago.
"Chad, at this point, has been coming in and getting treatment and he's been in the room with Dinger as far as going over what we're going to do offensively," Edwards said. "The mental part he's understanding. We changed a lot of things in our offense and he's been a part of that. He's right on target. Knowing him, he's always been a quick healer, I would anticipate sometime in June he'll be ready to throw.
"For the most part I thought the year we won the division, Laveranues was the MVP of our football team. They had good chemistry. Chad felt very, very comfortable throwing him the ball. Chad is a little bit of a feel thrower, especially in zones. So hopefully we'll get that going again." Continued...