Chad Pennington had some advice for Mark as the Jets head to Cortland to open up camp:
“Stay out of your own way, stay confident in what you do and what you believe in, and let that confidence show with your teammates.”
Pennington was in a similar situation, although he lost his job quickly. Remember 2008, when he was having a great camp, and then he was out the door in favor of Brett Favre. Chad got the last laugh, leading Miami to the division title, and earning a comeback player of the year award, and second place in the MVP voting.
If Mark handles things well, he will be fine. If not, he won’t. Chad has felt this before, and has seen some interesting things out of the Jets in this situation, as we all have:
“I’ve never seen backup quarterbacks have a press conference,” Pennington said. “As an organization, I would recommend you don’t do that. There will be plenty of time to just let that come naturally. Don’t force it. And a lot also depends on the players. In my opinion, there needs to be no opinions out there. The players and the team truly need to focus on what they have to do to win. If you win and take care of business, that’s all that matters.”
Despite everything the Jets say about Mark being the starter, we know that could change. If he doesn’t play well, we will see Tebow. And Mark could find out how it feels to be Chad Pennington.