Sam Darnold impressed Jets by busting his own ghosts

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Whether the criticism of his “seeing ghosts” remark was fair or unfair, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has exorcised them in the best way possible.

By playing well.

After a four-interception disaster against the Patriots on national television — and the remark that made him a punchline for a few days — the second year quarterback impressed his coaches and teammates by burying that game.

“This is the first time I’ve been through a rough spell like that with a really young quarterback,” Jets coach Adam Gase said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I thought he handled it really well, considering that was one of those games you want to burn the tape. You want that thing eliminated from your résumé.

“The fact that he handled it as well as he did, I’m sure it wasn’t easy. He never said anything to me. He did a good job of putting his head down, but I’m sure that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do.”

Since that game, the Jets have gone on a three-game winning streak. And while it may not help in terms of this year’s ultimate goals, the growth Darnold has shown should be a good sign for the future.

“Young or not, there was a lot of criticism on him,” veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said. “He dealt with it like a man. He stood up to it and challenged himself.”

He’s thrown seven touchdowns and just one interception in the last three weeks, and has a passer rating over 120 the last two games. With the winless Bengals on deck, he has a chance to add to that hot streak, and continue to grow into his job.

10 responses to “Sam Darnold impressed Jets by busting his own ghosts

  1. It also helps when you play against bad teams. It’s an encouraging sign for the Jets, but let’s not pretend they’ve been beating great teams. Let him beat a good defense before anyone starts talking about how he has turned it around.

  2. So happy for darnold that second year leap has been super exciting and the future looks awesome for my jets. Darnold has had so many good to great games where I come away with such a great feeling that we have our franchise quarterback finally. The pats defense is loaded with talent and have made every quarterback not named Lamar look terrible. The kid is 22 and has a perfect attitude about him. He is all about ball and makes everyone better around him that is the definition of a franchise quarterback. The wins are starting to come now as well it might be to late but we are building in the right direction. I am looking forward to seeing how joe Douglas revamps this whole team. Let’s go jets

  3. Before the 3 game winning streak against the Giants, Redskins and Raiders the Jests lost to the Pats, Jags and Dolphins, so Darnold should take it easy. Before the Jests played the Pats Darnold said “we’re unstoppable as an offense”. Going up against the worst defenses in the league so aren’t a lot of teams.

  4. The Hype/Hysteria was not a thing to overcome, that was other peoples problems.

    One bad game and half the Kickers are cut.
    One bad game and a franchise QB needs to be replaced.

    This is just dumb.

  5. Each team in a division plays the same opponents in 14 of the 16 regular season contests (Captain Obvious says); you don’t get to complain about the Patriots’brutal first-place schedule while scoffing at the Jets’ so-called cakewalk.

    When you factor in the frequent surprises of predicted division champions and exceeded expectations of previously weak teams, the “toughest schedule” frequently is anything but.

    The NFC West standings are completely reverse of how the teams were slotted before the season started.

  6. foodiefoodnerd says:
    November 28, 2019 at 12:18 pm
    Each team in a division plays the same opponents in 14 of the 16 regular season contests (Captain Obvious says); you don’t get to complain about the Patriots’brutal first-place schedule while scoffing at the Jets’ so-called cakewalk.

    When you factor in the frequent surprises of predicted division champions and exceeded expectations of previously weak teams, the “toughest schedule” frequently is anything but.

    The NFC West standings are completely reverse of how the teams were slotted before the season started.
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    Pretty sure the Cardinals were picked to finish last. Other than that, good rant. Oh and those other two games the Pats play, are against last year’s playoff teams, and probably this year’s.

  7. The Jets mistake was trading Teddy Bridgewater, a proven franchise QB and taking a chance on an unproven draft pick.

  8. bill belichick, arguably the greatest defensive strategist in the history of the league confused a 21-year old qb. i don’t see what the big deal is, i really don’t.

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