Todd Bowles: I’ll tell you in 100 games if Sam Darnold is a franchise QB

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The first game of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold‘s NFL career was a resounding success as he bounced back from a game-opening interception to pilot the team to a 48-17 road win on Monday Night Football.

Darnold’s performance has elicited a lot of excitement among Jets fans who have been waiting for a franchise quarterback since the days of Joe Namath and even the normally unexcitable Todd Bowles found something exciting about the rookie’s debut after the win. On Wednesday, though, Bowles reined things in when he was asked about Darnold being the quarterback the franchise has been trying to find for decades.

“We won one game, I can tell you after about 100 more of them whether we have one or not, right now it’s a little early,” Bowles said, via a transcript of his press conference. “… It’s one been one game to sit here and say whether he’s great, whether he’s trash or whether anything else is kind of way too early for that. He’s played one game, he’s got a lot of years to go and he’ll build it as he goes.”

One need only look back at New York’s tabloid history to know that Bowles is right about making judgments off of one game. That said, it still seems unlikely that the Darnold bandwagon will be slowing down should he do well in a win against the Dolphins this weekend.

48 responses to “Todd Bowles: I’ll tell you in 100 games if Sam Darnold is a franchise QB

  1. 100 games? As an average fan I can tell you in 100 games too. I would expect better from a career coach. Todd Bowles is a good coach, but this statement doesn’t make any sense.

  2. I think he has the tools and mindset to be an excellent QB but there is a lot of work to be done. The more he plays, the more there will be game tape on him and defensive coordinators will pounce on his weaknesses. Year 3-4 is usually a good predictor of what you have in your QB. A lot of QB’s you can tell right away that they don’t have it and some QB’s show they have good tools but the team hampers their development. As long as the Jets focus on building an offensive line and being patient, Sam should progress well. I have trust that Bowles will develop him correctly and that Christoper Johnson will be patient, the wild card is really the GM who’s had some big misses and misjudgement of talent.

  3. After 100 games you won’t need to tell us, we will already know. But as an NFL coach I am surprised it will take you that long.

  4. I get what he means do not over react over one game or one season. Many players who stink have had a great game or a great season then Boom not so great. The true test to me for Sam is Once he plays in cold weather.

  5. I can’t believe some of you guys with these comments? Bowles wasn’t referring literally to 100 games. The point he was making was to try to slow down the overexcited hype surrounding Sam Darnold after one game. You guys couldn’t figure that one out? Really?

  6. The sentiment is correct, but the number is obviously an exaggeration.

    Anyone making a decision about how good a QB is going to be after 1 game or 1 season is a fool. Except in very rare cases only you can expect is clear improvement and indications of excellence in the first couple of years. Playing consistently well (not necessarily at an elite level) but the first part of the 3rd year (35-40 games) is what you want.

    If I was a jets fan (which I certainly am not) I would be happy with and optimistic by what I saw last week. I also would be a fool to overreact if he had a stinker the next game or a few times this year. He showed potential, nothing more and nothing less and to expect more is just idiotic.

  7. He’s correct to say that we need to see more from Darnold before you begin to anoint him as such. However, it shouldn’t take 100 games for NY Jet fans to find out, they’ll know for sure in 40 – 50 games!

  8. mudachains says:
    September 13, 2018 at 8:52 am
    100 games? As an average fan I can tell you in 100 games too. I would expect better from a career coach. Todd Bowles is a good coach, but this statement doesn’t make any sense.

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    jjackwagon says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:09 am
    After 100 games you won’t need to tell us, we will already know. But as an NFL coach I am surprised it will take you that long.
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    Are people really taking what he said verbatim? What he was implying by saying “100 games” is EXACTLY what every one else wants people to do – pump the breaks on Darnold. Its only one game. Jet fans have seen this movie before. Darnold’s first start was encouraging and hope inspiring. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. There is a long way to go before seeing if he is a Rodgers/Brees type or the same Sanchez/Geno Smith garbage we’ve seen since the 60s.

  9. I think he is right. I already have people saying “You should have gone for Darnold…” Really? No. Last year it was all about JG, and KC. I wasn’t ready to anoint Jimmy G and he failed epically this week. I was not ready to anoint Cousins and his defense made sure he had a win. Do any of these things matter? No. Not after one week.

  10. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    September 13, 2018 at 9:39 am
    Haven’t seen this much excitement over a rookie QB since RG3’s first game in New Orleans!

    He was HOF bound, remember?

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    RG3 has a lot of flaws on his own but his coaches drove that career into the ground like he was the coach from Varsity Blues.

  11. Well he at least looked better than the other “franchise QB” in the game–Matthew Stafford. I wonder if he’ll have another four INT game this week.

  12. “Darnold’s performance has elicited a lot of excitement among Jets fans”

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    Don’t forget the sports writers too.

  13. One thing is for sure – the Browns watched that game and thought “Oh crap, we drafted the wrong guy”. Again.

  14. I’m not sure Bowles will be around to find out. He’s not that good. Pump the brakes on Darnold. It was the Lions. Let’s see what he does against a real team.

  15. His team mates are impressed with his work ethic, his poise and his maturity. It’s too early to tell, but he reminds me of Andrew Luck.

  16. football is a crazy game…before week 1, the jets were projected to win 4, 5 games max. now they are in the superbowl. as for bowles’ answer..he is correct….not gonna know until about year 3-4…there will come a time when nfl defenses scheme & gameplan against him…can he adjust & overcome them? if he does then he will be able to take that next step…not many do however….the one thing about darnold, that i think is essential as being the qb of a team like the jets, is his even-keeled temperament…eli has this & it has served him well & he will need it to endure the extreme highs & lows this team & fanbase seem to go through.

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