Do Jets Have Enough Weapons For QB Pennington?
by John Clayton - ESPN.com
Do they have enough offensive weapons around Pennington?
It all depends on how ready Justin McCareins is to be the full-time starter. There was a big drop off in the passing offense after Laveranues Coles left in restricted free agency for the Redskins. Chad Pennington went from a 68.9 percent passer to 63.6 percent. The Jets have finished 24th, 22nd and 19th in total offense over the past three years. But Herman Edwards doesn't dwell on statistics. He's more into coaching and motivating. There are some positive things he can cling onto. Santana Moss finally lived up to his first-round promise by catching 74 passes for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns. Moss is a big play threat who can break open a game. McCareins has a Coles like body and had 47 catches last season for the Titans. But can he be a 60-catch receiver? If he can't, the Jets are in trouble. The other positive is Curtis Martin's second half comeback. Martin got past all of his ankle and leg injuries to finish with 1,308 yard season and a 4.0-yard average. As always, though, this offense is thin. Injuries could be disastrous. Wayne Chrebet, now the third receiver is coming off a bad back injury. There were questions whether or not he was going to back this season. Chrebet is back, but can he last the season? All told, a lot of things have to go right for the Jets offense to succeed this season. Plus, this is a contract year for offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, who has been under intense scrutiny for the past three seasons. It's also a contract year for Pennington, who should end up among the top 10 paid quarterbacks in the NFL.