Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pennington: Sanchez throwing ball better than ever

Photo: Nick St. Denis 

Chad Pennington visited New York Jets camp, a place he's very familiar with, Tuesday.

Coach Rex Ryan brought the highly-respected former Jet and Miami Dolphin quarterback to camp to talk to the team, and as a result, Pennington talked to the media, as well.

While most copy coming out of Jets camp was about Pennington's views on the Wildcat, something now-Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano implemented while Pennington was his quarterback in Miami, Pennington also spoke about the progress he's seen from starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

"I think from what I’ve seen from afar and now being here, Mark is throwing the ball better than I’ve ever seen him throw," Pennington told reporters, according to Randy Lange of "He’s got excellent control with his throws and his ball placement, and also just his body language and how he’s carrying himself in and out of the huddle, I think he’s doing an outstanding job."

Pennington mentored Sanchez earlier in the offseason per the request of Sanchez via a text message.

"I think he’s definitely gotten better over the offseason and really made a point to take it up to the next level," Pennington said. "And kudos to him for doing that because that’s a decision that you have to make as a professional, to listen to the criticism and then do something about it, and he’s certainly done that.”

Pennington also discussed his thoughts on how Sanchez handled the Jets' acquisition of Tim Tebow.

"I think he’s done a great job and I think the key is their room, how they handle it as a room," Pennington said. "It’s not just about the starter, it’s about the quarterback room and having the right relationship with each other as well as with your coaches and your play-caller.

"You have to be an extension of your coach out there because they can’t walk out there on the field with you. And the most important thing is communication, talking things out, understanding you’re in here for one reason and that’s to win and you’ve got to talk things out. And as long you keep open the lines of communication and you’re up front, I don’t think it’s a problem."

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