Sunday’s sport was Sam Darnold’s twentieth loss because the Jets quarterback in 31 begins. It was another dismal day at the office for the signal-caller with two extra interceptions, no landing passes and extra questions on his future.
On his postgame Zoom assembly with reporters, Darnold sounded and seemed defeated. The dropping could lastly be attending to him. He seemed like Mark Sanchez did in 2012, when he was bored with answering questions on dropping, interceptions and Tim Tebow. For Darnold, it’s dropping, interceptions and Trevor Lawrence.
Jets coach Adam Gase, maybe sensing his quarterback wanted a carry, talked to Darnold on Sunday night time after the 18-10 loss to the Bills.
“I simply preserve considering, he’s 23, none of this may be straightforward,” Gase stated. “He’s a man that did a lot good in school and gained quite a lot of soccer video games and issues haven’t all the time gone as easily as all people all the time hopes after they get to the NFL, that is what makes the NFL actually robust. And it’s a psychological battle nearly all of the time, [it’s] are you able to survive the check? Are you able to get higher via the adversity that you need to undergo?
“You see quite a lot of guys going via it proper now. There’s quite a lot of groups with good gamers which have poor information, which can be preventing the identical battle. My factor to him was, we acquired to remain the course. We have now to maintain discovering methods to get higher, we’ve got to do a extremely good job of being nice leaders and displaying guys the best technique to do issues, preserving our focus. I imply, him and myself, getting pissed off and indignant to the purpose the place it’s unproductive will not be going to work. We have now to do issues proper, we’ve got to point out the best means, we’ve got to behave a sure technique to the place we will deliver guys together with us and discover a technique to flip the nook.”
The Jets are 0-7 and it’s not onerous to think about them going 0-16. If that occurs, the Jets will find yourself with the No. 1 choose and an opportunity to take Lawrence, the Clemson star. Darnold answered questions on Lawrence final week and acknowledged he’s seen the chatter on social media.
Darnold returned from lacking two video games with a shoulder damage on Sunday in opposition to the Payments and performed properly early, finishing 10 of his first 11 passes. Then, he threw a horrible interception earlier than halftime and accomplished only one move within the second half. His 31.1 passer ranking was the second-worst of his profession.
On Monday, Darnold stated he stays optimistic in regards to the season.
“For me, I’m all the time optimistic about totally different conditions, whether or not they’re good or dangerous,” Darnold stated. “Clearly, we’re not the place we wish to be proper now, we’re 0-7, it’s not splendid. So, for us, for me particularly, it’s nearly coming in right here and going again to work. We watched the movie at the moment, we discovered from it, and it’s nearly getting higher day by day, studying from errors and never making them once more.”
Darnold has clearly taken a step again this season. His numbers are worse throughout the board. His completion proportion is all the way down to 58.4 from 61.9. His landing proportion has gone from 4.3 to 1.9. His interception proportion is up from 2.9 to three.7. Yards per try (5.7 down from 6.9), and yards per completion (9.7 from 11.1) are down. His yards per sport has dropped from 232.6 final yr to 182.4. His ranking is 65.0, down from 84.3.
The numbers are ugly. Gase put a lot of the blame for Sunday’s efficiency on the shortage of time Darnold had within the second half because the Payments introduced a ton of strain and the Jets’ line had no solutions.
“You look statistically, we’re not good wherever statistically,” Gase stated. “What I see in observe quite a lot of instances, I see issues that had been higher than final yr. Once we get into video games, we’ve simply acquired to determine a technique to shield him, let him get in a rhythm. I noticed some actually good issues within the first half. Then it began getting actually muddy there within the second half. These guys began creating some pocket push and the home windows had been closing fast. He was making an attempt to make selections rapidly. We didn’t have success doing that