Mike Maccagnan: Sam Darnold will have “every opportunity” to earn starting job

AP

When discussing the addition of quarterback Sam Darnold in the first round of the draft, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that the team has no timetable in terms of when they expect to see him in the starting lineup.

General Manager Mike Maccagnan sent a similar message during a Wednesday appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, saying “nothing’s been predetermined one way or another.” Maccagnan added that the lack of determination leaves the door open for Darnold to show the team he should start ahead of Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.

“We’re going to basically expose him to everything,” Maccagnan said. “We’re going to give him the opportunity to go out there learn and earn the position. Of course our focus is not necessarily to throw him into the fire until he’s earned it. We’re very excited about him, his upside and potential. He’s going to have every opportunity to go out there and hopefully fulfill every potential we see in him.”

There have been plenty of cases where rookies have made it clear they are the top option before the summer is out, others when a change was made shortly after the start of the season and, of course, situations where a rookie season is devoted to learning while observing. The Jets will start sorting out which way things will go for Darnold during their minicamps and OTAs this spring.

17 responses to “Mike Maccagnan: Sam Darnold will have “every opportunity” to earn starting job

  1. You don’t draft a QB in Round 1 unless you have every intention of starting him.

    Remember the 2011 NFL Draft’s 1st Round QBs:
    Cam (Pro Bowler)
    Jake Locker (LOL)
    Blaine Gabbert (lol)
    Christian Ponder(LOL)

    Well, so goes the same for the Class of 2018 QB draftees:
    “M’boy” Baker Mayfield (Pro Bowler)
    Sam Darnold (LOL)
    Josh Allen (lol)
    Josh Rosen (LOL)

  2. There’s no way a rookie is going to be better than both McCown and Bridgewater. If Darnold starts it will be for non-football reasons.

  3. Start Bridgewater if he’s healthy and use him for trade bait before the deadline. Once he’s gone, let McCown play out the rest of the season, and only bring Darnold in for the last few weeks if there is no chance at the Playoffs. Otherwise let him sit until next year, where he will come in being the starter.

  4. Jets being Jets. This guy was absolutely the worst QB in the draft. Mark my words, he will NEVER be an NFL QB. His accuracy is too bad and that is something that cannot be fixed this late in the game. I do not understand what the so-called “scouts” ever saw in him other than size and arm strength. Terrible footwork, bad accuracy, slow decision-making. Not an NFL QB.

  5. Belichick will eat him alive. Expect him to throw multiple picks against the Patriots.

  6. That should be the coaches’ decision – not the suits in front office Football Ops.

    My Predictions:

    Scenario 1: Jeremy Bates is wise enough to build his system around the young gun slinger. Sam Darnold becomes a premier QB and Bates becomes a head coach in 2-3 years.

    Scenario 2: Jeremy Bates is not wise enough to create a new system of offense around Darnold’s skill set, and he tries to fit Darnold into his West Coast Offense and Darnold becomes a mediorce, confused QB and out of the NFL in 3-5 years.

    Choose scenario 1 Coach Bates, and thank me later.

  7. Really don’t want to see this kid thrown in there,sometimes it works sometimes it’s career ending, play him after 10 games if they aren’t in contention screw the media wanting to rush him in there.

  8. jd k | May 2, 2018, 4:07 PM EDT
    Jets being Jets. This guy was absolutely the worst QB in the draft. Mark my words, he will NEVER be an NFL QB. His accuracy is too bad and that is something that cannot be fixed this late in the game. I do not understand what the so-called “scouts” ever saw in him other than size and arm strength. Terrible footwork, bad accuracy, slow decision-making. Not an NFL QB.
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    …are you confusing Sam Darnold with Josh Allen? Because that’s the only way this assessment makes any sense.

  9. In three years he’ll end up being traded to New England for a conditional 6th round pick where he’ll end up leading them to 3 more SB victories. Meanwhile, in northern New Jersey, the 50 plus year old rusted Super Bowl trophy will need to undergo an expensive and time consuming restoration in order to remove all of the rust that has developed over the last half century.

  10. Belichick will eat him alive. Expect him to throw multiple picks against the Patriots.
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    Both Geno and Sanchez hung losses on the Pats, why not Sam?

  11. And the GM said exactly what he was suppose to say. Im sure he told all 3 QB’s the same story. The reality is Journeyman Josh is not gonna get it done. Bridgewater is still hurt. If you believe the passing of a physical says he is healthy, you don’t understand how the NFL works. Petty was trade bait all last week so that tells you the organization still doesn’t believe in him. Hackenberg is a dead man walking who might be around long enough to get through training camp and preseason.

    Just start Darnold cause it makes sense. It really doesn’t matter which QB you start because you will still be drafting in the top 10 next season.

  12. Belichick will eat him alive. Expect him to throw multiple picks against the Patriots.
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    Both Geno and Sanchez hung losses on the Pats, why not Sam?

    Yeah, one of those losses was in the AFC playoffs in Foxboro. Why not Sam is right!

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