Quarterback Chad Pennington hands the ball off to teammate Ronnie Brown during a league game against the New York Jets game played in East Rutherford, New Jersey. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matthew Bostick …………….
And while much of this has gone on the New York Jets now find themselves in the midst of another meltdown having their coach Eric Mangini fired and the internal rift now building between Hall of Fame bound quarterback Brett Favre and a number of his teammates. If ever a season was steeped and doomed for failure then the season undergone by the Jets was it. With much of went on within the division being entertaining to say the least it was felt that the division was wide open. The expectations that Favre would be asked to meet were far too great for a player on the downside of an all illustrious career.
Dolphins’ coach Tony Sparano seen here on the sidelines of a game played against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale , Arizona. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ross D Brown ………………….
Buffalo got off to a fast start but that would soon peter out as they fell by the wayside all too quickly. With Tom Brady of the New England Patriots suffering a season ending injury in the first game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Many felt that the Patriots’ season would too fall off as well. With rookie quarterback Matt Cassel being asked to take over the reins from Brady. No one was quite sure what to expect from a player who hadn’t played the position since his days in high school and whose college career was basically playing second fiddle to Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart while at the University of Southern California.
Dolphins’ offensive line coach works with his players at their practice facility in Davie , Florida. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matthew Glassman ………
Cassel would excel in the position and guide the team to an 11-5 season narrowly missing the playoffs by finishing second in the division behind the Miami Dolphins. That being said this season was all about the Miami Dolphins and their triumphant return to respectability under the coaching of Tony Sparano under the ever watchful eye of Bill Parcells the behind the scenes architect of the franchise’s resurgence. With their wildcat offense simply catching a number of teams by surprise it can be said was a season of firsts for this team and their quarterback Chad Pennington who was cast aside by the New York Jets. That bitter taste now on the palates of the Jets and their fans has got to be now all the more unbearable for the franchise as a whole.