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Sam Darnold: No team should tank for me

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Talk that the Jets could tank the 2017 season with an eye on choosing USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft don’t seem to sit well with Darnold.

Darnold told Dianna Russini of ESPN that he thinks tanking for him would be silly.

“I don’t think any team should tank their season because of me,” Darnold said.

Darnold redshirted in 2015 while Cody Kessler started for USC, and then earned the starting job early in the 2016 season. He showed steady improvement over the course of his first season as a starter, culminating in a Rose Bowl MVP award, and he is now viewed by many as the best pro prospect currently playing college football.

But Darnold still has three years of NCAA eligibility remaining, and there’s been talk that he could stay in school rather than entering the 2018 draft. That would be very bad news for any team tanking 2017 for the chance to take him, but Darnold said that he simply isn’t in a position yet to make up his mind about whether to turn pro in six months.

If Darnold does turn pro, he’ll be a strong option for whatever team finishes 2017 with the league’s worst record.

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58 Responses to “Sam Darnold: No team should tank for me”
  1. jetfan79 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:57 PM

    No biggie. We’re not going anywhere. We can tank 2017, 2018 and 2019.
    Sincerely,
    Jet Fans

  2. dedreu400 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:59 PM

    USC QB, No thanks

  3. cmonitsfunny says: Jul 11, 2017 7:07 PM

    Don’t tank for me all you losers… sung to the tune of “Don’t cry for me Argentina”

  4. goldrush36 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:09 PM

    USC Quarterback…. Best pro prospect available. I would pass simply for the bad juju that has been synonymous with that evaluation before LOL.

  5. realdealsteel says: Jul 11, 2017 7:10 PM

    Sam, Have you seen the Jets play? They are already silly so being just a tad more silly and tanking to get you wouldn’t hurt their image or self-esteem. LOL

  6. rolltide510 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:15 PM

    I’m kind of confused by the impression teams like the Jets are capable of deciding the games they win and lose.

  7. flipola says: Jul 11, 2017 7:17 PM

    They’ll be tanking involuntarily.

  8. elrock7 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:18 PM

    no team should tank for ANYBODY!!

  9. townie45 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:18 PM

    Sam has more class than the Jets . Buy a nice insurance policy and stay at SC if they tank for you Sam.

  10. fanfrommontreal says: Jul 11, 2017 7:19 PM

    I like this guy.

  11. trainwrecksryan says: Jul 11, 2017 7:19 PM

    “Please don’t tank for me. Especially you, Jersey Jets. I couldn’t bear to play for you. I would never sniff a championship.”

  12. hamlet423 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:25 PM

    He’ll come around or else–JEts play in jersey, they can get a few people in cement shoes

    jets made a mistake in letting peyton get away
    they’ll tank in 2017, 2018, 2019, or however long it takes.

    Maybe the new team motto should be tank the decade?
    tanks for the memories
    tanks misbehaving
    tanks for nothing

    if they just opted to sign Tom Brady as a FA when he is like 45 or 50, would that be Tank for Tom?

  13. thirdand43 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:28 PM

    A few years Matt Barkley was in a similar position. He would have possibly gone #1 overall but chose to return to USC. And went in the 4th round. The moral: when the money is there, take it.

  14. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jul 11, 2017 7:29 PM

    Tanking for Luck didn’t help the Colts.

  15. intrafinesse says: Jul 11, 2017 7:36 PM

    I hope he decides to stay in school … and gets seriously hurt. Then he can look back on his moronic decision.
    If you have a chance for 28MM you take it.

  16. hamlet423 says: Jul 11, 2017 7:40 PM

    Well, it got them Andrew Luck. Problem is, they haven’t had quite as much success with the rest of the Roster.

    Although what if they had listened to Tony Dungy? He said he would take Robert Griffin ahead of Luck.

    Doesn’t mention that too often these days.

  17. arwiv says: Jul 11, 2017 7:46 PM

    What he really means is that he doesnt want the JETS to tank for him. Cant blame him for that.

  18. timegambit says: Jul 11, 2017 7:53 PM

    Cleveland should tank for him. Actually, Cleveland should tank for free pancakes at IHOP. They should get something for tanking.

  19. goooooobrowns says: Jul 11, 2017 7:58 PM

    When was the last time a kid entered the season as an unequivocal favorite at the top of the draft that didn’t find their status seriously revised by the time of the actual draft. Not saying he won’t be the top pick but look what happened to Watson and so many before him. Some kid will come out of nowhere or he’ll have a mediocre season or break an arm… who even knows.

  20. mvalvt says: Jul 11, 2017 8:01 PM

    I like this attitude. No one should want to go to a team where losing is acceptable.

  21. 32assassin says: Jul 11, 2017 8:02 PM

    dedreu400 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 6:59 PM
    USC QB, No thanks
    ——————————————————————

    goldrush36 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 7:09 PM
    USC Quarterback…. Best pro prospect available. I would pass simply for the bad juju that has been synonymous with that evaluation before LOL.

    ——————————————————————

    as much as I hate USC, I would like for you couch GMs to tell us

    What School to look for when drafting a QB?

    I bet you tools where saying this in 2014,
    a QB from Fresno State –> PASS
    a QB named Carr –> LOL

    are you only drafting Qbs from Notre Dame and Michigan St, Tennessee, since the best Qbs came from those schools?

    if Darnold turns out to be a Bust or an Elite QB, it will have nothing to do with what school he played at.

  22. mammothfan says: Jul 11, 2017 8:11 PM

    Because all big time USC quarterbacks turn out to be all stars in the NFL…. looking at you mark Sanchez, Matt leinert, Matt Barkley :/

  23. pigchampion says: Jul 11, 2017 8:14 PM

    1 Josh Rosen
    2. Josh Allen
    3. Sam Darnold

  24. firerogergoodellnow says: Jul 11, 2017 8:15 PM

    Did the Jets learn their lesson after the last USC QB (AKA Mr Buttfumble)?

  25. firerogergoodellnow says: Jul 11, 2017 8:19 PM

    Peyton stayed one more year at Tennessee to avoid being picked 1st overall by the Jets.

  26. aliveguy24 says: Jul 11, 2017 9:15 PM

    Butt Fumble 2.0. Yeah tank for that.

    Pass on USC and Houston QBs

  27. da85guys says: Jul 11, 2017 9:18 PM

    Next butt fumble qb.

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jul 11, 2017 9:38 PM

    I don’t get it, what makes him think he is the best QB prospect to begin with? His college coach told him so?

    All this hype with very little in terms of results. Remember Geno Smith blowing a gasket because he wasn’t taken in the 1st round? As time has proven, the Jets would have been wasting a 7th round pick on Geno as it turns out.

  29. canadianbillsfan says: Jul 11, 2017 10:28 PM

    Would love to see this kid pull an Elway/Eli Manning on any team that clearly tanks in order to get him.

  30. charliecharger says: Jul 11, 2017 10:42 PM

    There are at least two or three legit franchise QBs coming out next year. Then there are always the Joe Montana’s (3rd round), Tom Brady’s (6th round), Dak Prescott’s (4th round). Derek Carr, Brett Favre, and Drew Brees (2nd round). Kurt Warner and Tony Romo (undrafted). Good scouts can find QBs. Nobody tanks. That’s just a myth that gets perpetuated by bad GM’s. Their team stinks up the joint, so they float the idea that they tanked. Lol.

  31. Cleanosaur says: Jul 11, 2017 11:05 PM

    His throwing motion is too long. Its like Shaun Hill, Or Rob Johnson. He won’t make it..

  32. LakefrontLegend says: Jul 12, 2017 1:01 AM

    This kid played well for 9 games, but let’s see him do it again before we anoint the next Andrew Luck. I agree with his quote for now.

  33. Matt from San Diego says: Jul 12, 2017 1:56 AM

    Dude, Rosen has been the pick for 2 years. Darnold winds up like Bortles.

    Admittedly, I like the shots he takes. His playing style does remind me of a (professional, not college) Derek Carr. Lacing shots to the back of the end zone from the 5 without fear.

    Still, Rosen is the pick.

  34. mclennon99 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:00 AM

    Used to be playing in the NFL was a privilege. Now it’s a matter of which team and not just the honor.

  35. lurch61 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:14 AM

    They drafted a usc qb no 5 a few years ago how did thst turn out???

  36. redclaw1314 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:35 AM

    Why would any high level QB prospect want to go to a team that has purposely established a culture of losing?

  37. hodag54501 says: Jul 12, 2017 6:34 AM

    The first assumption is the Jets are capable of winning enough to have to make a decision to tank.
    Wrong assumption.

  38. joeywoge says: Jul 12, 2017 7:13 AM

    The Jets were 5-11 last year. They got rid of 99% of the roster of players over the age of 30. They have no QB. Young WR’s. Skeptical running game.. Very young Defense which cud be good if the O was able to stay on the field.. Although they still don’t have an edge rusher.. Wilkerson is overpaid. Can’t get to the QB. Not sure they need to tank. Looking at there schedule I only see potential for 2 wins. Bills and Browns. Jags are an outside possibility but I think they will be much better this year.. I’m looking at 1-15. Hopefully that gets the number 1 pick. If it’s not going to be Darnold we’ll take Allen from Wyoming or the kid from UCLA.. The Jets are in full blown rebuild. Using the draft as the main component to collect players. I think it’s the right move. It may take 2 or 3 years but you will see the Jets in the playoff’s soon.

  39. cookerduff123 says: Jul 12, 2017 7:55 AM

    AKA “I’ll wait to see if the Browns or Jets are in the running for the top picks before deciding to stay in college.

  40. isithockeyseasonyet says: Jul 12, 2017 8:18 AM

    Did someone say the jersey jets? I guess you’re a giants fan and I guess you don’t realize that they play in jersey too, I’m not a fan of either team before someone jumps on that

  41. milkcan44 says: Jul 12, 2017 9:23 AM

    It’s the player, not the school…..same thing was said about Rodgers coming from Cal.

  42. suncawy says: Jul 12, 2017 9:38 AM

    Josh Allen, Wyoming, might actually be better. Just keep an eye him.

  43. jviva77 says: Jul 12, 2017 9:39 AM

    I’m tanking both of my fantasy leagues this year for the 1st overall pick to get Saquon Barkley. He will be the player people will continue to talk about 5 years from now maybe 10.

  44. feckyerlife says: Jul 12, 2017 9:57 AM

    Did the jets forget about Mark Sanchez, ya know their last great USC QB

  45. bencoates57 says: Jul 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if thr Jets tanked for him and he pulled an Eli Manning and ended up going to the Giants — or anywhere else?

  46. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Jul 12, 2017 11:19 AM

    he’ll return to school…all white USC QBs are privelidged and don’t need the game of football…they just wanna party and take advantage of their spoils…

  47. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 12, 2017 12:18 PM

    Now why did he say that? Because he doesn’t want to play for the Jets. Or Browns. Or Bears. Or Jags, or 49ers, or even the Rams. And he also said that thinking if he plays his next two years after 2017, then he’ll be ready for a team he wants to play for in 2019…and will tank to get him-the Chargers, now of LA, and by then, Ol’ Man Rivers will be ready to retire.

    Or maybe he wants to replace another QB who will (though he’ll never admit it) likely retire by then–Tom Brady.

  48. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 12, 2017 12:29 PM

    Since he doesn’t want to play for a perennial loser like the Jets or Browns or a few others that fit that category, he’ll wait until a team he does want to play for that is not a perennial loser (the Chargers, now of LA), to tank since Ol’ Man Rivers is about to retire (say, in 2019)…or even better, the Patriots, when Tom Brady is (if he ever admits it) set to retire…I mean, does anyone think JimmyG is gonna wait three more years for Brady to retire? And may not matter anyway…by then, Gase’s Dolphins will own the AFC East anyway!

  49. granadafan says: Jul 12, 2017 12:36 PM

    Name any decent QB from USC or the big schools from the state of Florida since 1990. There are two exceptions of good, but certainly not elite QBs: Carson Palmer and Jameis Winston. All others are busts or merely average.

  50. jimmyjohns01 says: Jul 12, 2017 1:33 PM

    As much as I’d like to make fun of USC QBs, realistically, look at the teams that drafted them. It’s not like they inherited a winning team or had successful coaches.

    I mean, look at the coach to QB relationship (1st rounds):
    Marvin Lewis – Palmer
    Rex Ryan – Sanchez
    Ken Whisenhunt – Leinart

    The only conclusion we can gather is these guys were great in college but their NFL teams/coaches probably killed their career. Maybe they weren’t made for the NFL or maybe the coaches just didn’t play to their strengths…who knows.

  51. kayakattack says: Jul 12, 2017 1:34 PM

    Darnold > Manning > Elway> Luck this guy is legitimately the best QB prospect I have ever seen

  52. bullcharger says: Jul 12, 2017 2:38 PM

    jimmyjohns01 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:33 PM
    As much as I’d like to make fun of USC QBs, realistically, look at the teams that drafted them. It’s not like they inherited a winning team or had successful coaches.
    I mean, look at the coach to QB relationship (1st rounds):
    Marvin Lewis – Palmer
    Rex Ryan – Sanchez
    Ken Whisenhunt – Leinart
    The only conclusion we can gather is these guys were great in college but their NFL teams/coaches probably killed their career. Maybe they weren’t made for the NFL or maybe the coaches just didn’t play to their strengths…who knows.

    ————–

    Palmer has had a decent career. Sure, no Super Bowl wins, but he’s still out there starting. Not so bad. I believe if it wasn’t for that knee injury against the Steelers his career would be even better.

    Sanchez went to two straight AFC Championships. He was on the right path. Butt fumble killed his career. Lots of guys would have taken that for an NFL career.

    Leinart just wasn’t that great from his first start. His college stats were fantastic. I think he had an entitlement problem and he didn’t realize it until it was too late. It wasn’t the coach.

  53. bullcharger says: Jul 12, 2017 2:45 PM

    kayakattack says:
    Jul 12, 2017 1:34 PM
    Darnold > Manning > Elway> Luck this guy is legitimately the best QB prospect I have ever seen

    ———————

    As written by a scout in 1998:

    “Leaf appears to be the hot QB in this draft, and he led WSU to a storybook season…He is a physically imposing QB with great size and strength….he is very sturdy and durable in the pocket, and is a surprisingly good athlete for his size…He has a strong arm and shows good touch, and can change up the speed on his passes…He has good feet, but is not really a scrambler. However, he can stand in and take the big hits….He is a very naturally gifted player, but could improve on his throwing mechanics, although it is not a major problem….There are no physical or athletic limitations to hold Leaf back from becoming a great NFL QB.”

    Manning and Elway have been to 9 Super Bowls and won 4 combined. You can’t compare a prospect to an actually successful player.

  54. bullcharger says: Jul 12, 2017 2:51 PM

    Cleanosaur says:
    Jul 11, 2017 11:05 PM
    His throwing motion is too long. Its like Shaun Hill, Or Rob Johnson. He won’t make it..

    ———–

    I agree and I question his accuracy too. The receivers seemed to make a lot of great plays on the ball.

  55. bullcharger says: Jul 12, 2017 2:56 PM

    mclennon99 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 2:00 AM
    Used to be playing in the NFL was a privilege. Now it’s a matter of which team and not just the honor.

    ————

    You mean like how Elway held out, Kelly held out, and Eli held out all because they didn’t want to play for the team that drafted them?

    How long ago was this honor code in place?

  56. poison66 says: Jul 12, 2017 2:58 PM

    Darnold has bust written all over him. A better choice would be Oklahoma States Mason Rudolph 28tds 4 int 159 qbr and is a big athletic guy,much better than the erratic Wyoming qb.

  57. poison66 says: Jul 12, 2017 3:00 PM

    Plus over 4000 yards and Heisman candidate

  58. jets4life says: Jul 12, 2017 9:27 PM

    First off there is like 4 or 5 other good Qbs coming out next year..who to say he is even going to be the number 1 guy…there are atleast 4 other qbs coming out and they are all pretty damn good qbs too..so dont think so small all the time..think out the box..

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