Five months later, the slip still sticks with Penn.
"You've got to try not to think about it too much," Penn said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "It happened. You wish you could go back and get it back. I've done that same [pass] set I don't know how many times on that same field and never just slipped out of nowhere. I took a little step. I'm not going to put it on myself. I should have been able to do something better. You know me: I'm not going to blame the slip for happening."
"I should have held on [to Cole] and brought him down with me," Penn said."That play sticks with me. I'm going to try to do whatever I can do better to make sure nothing like that ever happens again. I've never gotten a quarterback hurt before in my life since I've been playing. None of my quarterbacks ever got hurt. That was the first. That's something I take pride in, and I'm going to try my hardest to make sure it doesn't happen again."
The next time you see an offensive tackle blatantly drag a pass rusher to the ground for a holding penalty so his quarterback doesn't get destroyed, think of Penn's quote.
The veteran is taking a positive spin to his mistake.
"Everything happens for a reason," Penn said. "Last year, that play was crazy. It ... happened for a reason. Maybe that reason is it wasn't our year last year; maybe this year is going to be our year. That play was just a fluke play on my part. I slipped out of nowhere. He got hurt. He's gotten tackled like that plenty of times. He never broke anything. Fluke. I'm all about karma and stuff like that, so maybe [God] was trying to tell us this is our year.
"We've got to put in the work to get it, and I know DC [Derek Carr] is happy [to be back]. I'm dang sure happy to get him back."