Jets G.M.: Sam Darnold creates “urgency” like Eagles had with Carson Wentz

AP

You don’t have to have a young quarterback on a cheap rookie contract to win in the NFL. But there’s no doubt that having extra cash at your disposal can help, if you spend it the right way.

Joe Douglas saw it work in Philadelphia, with the team built around Carson Wentz. And now that he’s the new General Manager of the Jets, he thinks they can recreate with Sam Darnold.

“I’ll say this: Building around a young guy, there was a sense of urgency in Philadelphia, knowing we had a young quarterback, and we wanted to put the pieces around him,” Douglas said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I think there’s going to be that same urgency anywhere, especially here with a young quarterback like Sam.”

The Jets have some good parts to work with, Darnold being one of them. But Douglas walks into the job knowing that while he can still improve the team this year, this is still very much a work in progress.

And having some flexibility the next few years before he has to consider paying a quarterback will only make the work easier.

13 responses to “Jets G.M.: Sam Darnold creates “urgency” like Eagles had with Carson Wentz

  1. It all hinges on Darnold and the defense improving. The team around him has some talent.

    They scored the 2nd most points in their division on offense last year but unfortunately allowed the most points.

    With the Pats still kings of that division I see the Jets improving to 8-8 and playoff contenders in 2020.

  2. When was the last time a GM was hired and all the “experts” DIDN’T say, “Oh, what a great hire. He learned under (insert somewhat successful GM name here). Great fit.”?

    I’ll wait.

  3. The Jets don’t have a good enough team around him.
    It will take a couple of years of good drafting to make a legit playoff team.

    Yeas, they could luck into the playoffs at 9-7 if they get several lucky breaks, but they would be unlikely to go far.

  4. Orchids of Asia Groupon says:
    June 12, 2019 at 6:43 am
    When was the last time a GM was hired and all the “experts” DIDN’T say, “Oh, what a great hire. He learned under (insert somewhat successful GM name here). Great fit.”?

    I’ll wait.

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    You don’t have to go far. The last two Jet GM hires before Douglas were questioned. Mike Mac was seen as a guy who had scouting chops, but “experts” said they were concerned about the hire because he is a quiet and reserved guy and they didn’t know how that would play in NY. Also, he didn’t really cut his teeth under an even average GM. Turns out, they were right. One of the biggest issues with him was that he hesitated on pulling the trigger a lot and that infuriated the rest of the front office.

    John Idzik was a cap guy trying to be a GM. Everyone saw that, “expert” or not. He had a draft in 2014 where he had 12 draft picks, didn’t make one trade, and the only player still on the roster from that draft is Quincy Enunwa – who was a sixth round pick.

    GM hires aren’t always applauded by everyone. For once the Jets look like they got it right.

  5. @orchids last year the Raiders hired some guy from TV as their GM and I remember the “experts” saying it was a “bold choice”

  6. Darnold had a year like Josh Rosen, and Jets fans are already measuring him for a gold jacket.

  7. Fair enough on the responses. And I appreciate the thoroughness. I remember both those hires well and I do disagree a bit on what you said about how they were perceived. I just think journalists never want to start off on the wrong foot with the new GM so all you hear is how great they are. These guys are executives, so really, we just don’t know.

    And on Mayock I feel like there were a lot of responses saying that he was great on tv so he will be good as a GM. Maybe you heard more of the bold talk.

    I would just love it if one journalist just said after one of these GM hires, “ya know what, there’s 32 GMs in this league and they can’t all be great. This guy was not a good hire.”

  8. Orchids of Asia Groupon says:
    June 12, 2019 at 6:43 am

    When was the last time a GM was hired and all the “experts” DIDN’T say, “Oh, what a great hire. He learned under (insert somewhat successful GM name here). Great fit.”?

    I’ll wait.
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    Lynch in SF and Elway in Denver, for starters. Both of those hires were met with “Um, great player, sure, but can he be a GM?”

  9. Darnold had a knack for connecting with opposing DBs almost as often as he did with his own receivers. I’m not sure where all this hype is coming from. At least Wentz showed that he could play at an MVP level, before being dogged by questions about injury proneness and the shadow of super-clutch championship delivering Foles.

  10. JagsBoss says:

    June 12, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Yeah, but they won with Foles.

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    Wentz got them the #1 seed, which means the first round bye and home field. Wouldn’t have won it without those.

  11. all this talk of the jets being in win now mode is asinine. they have drafted poorly for the better part of a decade…this isn’t gonna be fixed in one season. they will very well go 5-11/6-10.

  12. Jets8421-I’ll never forget than trainwreck of a draft with Idzik…what a disaster. With all those picks he could have easily traded down for OBJ or Mike Evans, and still improved the pass rush and the secondary. The past 5 years could have been better if not for that draft. I think a lot of Jets fans-myself included-thought Mac was a decent GM(because he actually was when you compared the two!)

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