2003 Chad’s Arm In Preseason Jets

Speaking of miracle runs, do you remember the 2002 Jets? Oh yeah, it was the last Jets squad to capture the AFC East.

After beginning the season 1-4, Herm Edwards pulled Vinny Testaverde in favor of No. 1 pick Chad Pennington. Chad lead New York to an 8-3 finish while throwing 3,120 yards, 22 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a league best 104.2 passer rating.

After laying the paddle to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round, a heartbreaking loss to Rich Gannon and the Oakland Raiders in the next round ended the 2002 campaign.

This only set the stage for a promising 2003 season. That was, until, Pennington broke his arm against the New York Giants in preseason action.


Chad missed the first six game of the season leading to a 6-10 record in Herm’s third season as head man.

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