Joe Douglas: We still have a lot to do to support Sam Darnold

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When General Manager Joe Douglas met quarterback Sam Darnold‘s parents last year, he told them he “was going to do everything in my power to take care of Sam with protection and playmakers.”

That didn’t work out all that well in 2019, although Douglas wasn’t in position to do much after being hired after the draft. Darnold was pressured frequently and the Jets Offense wound up at the bottom of the league in terms of both points scored and yards allowed.

Douglas has a chance to make more of an impact this offseason. The Jets have signed center Connor McGovern, guard Greg Van Roten and tackle George Fant to go with re-signed guard Alex Lewis on the offensive line. Breshad Perriman has joined the receiving corps with Robby Anderson departing and Douglas said Wednesday that more needs to be done.

“I think we still have a lot to do in both those regards moving forward,” Douglas said, via NJ.com. “I think we’ve done our best to attack some of the issues that we had in the past. . . . That’s our focus, doing everything we can to help Sam succeed. The one thing that we didn’t want, we didn’t want a situation where Sam was just going to have to be under fire all the time with protection issues.”

The Jets could further address either those protection issues or the playmakers with the No. 11 pick in the first round and they have three other picks in the first two days that could go toward improving the group around Darnold.

8 responses to “Joe Douglas: We still have a lot to do to support Sam Darnold

  1. The Giants said the exact same thing about Eli Manning for the last 5 years.

  2. WR and at least 2 olinemen, maybe 3.
    Worry about the other positions next year.
    The jets are in such bad shape because the owner Chris Johnson allowed the former GM Mike maccagnan to have a 5th draft and free agency to screw up. Chris Johnson should have fired Mike maccagnan when he fired Todd bowles.

  3. The only way to take pressure off your QB is by having a strong defense. When you fall behind and the defense knows you’re going to be throwing, you can have 5 all pro linemen, and you’ll still be under pressure. When the score is close, your offense dictates the game, and the opposing defense has to cover everything. Play action fakes don’t fool anyone when you’re way behind. Cam Newton was MVP when Carolina had the top defense.

  4. Eh, not quite. In fact Sam Darnold was the 7th most efficient passer in NFL with a clean pocket. Look it up. And that was with subpar recievers. Getting Herndon back and potentially JJ with 11th pick along with Perriman and Crowder, we will see more games like the Dallas and Oakland games in 2020. Can’t wait.

  5. dogman9 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 9:06 am
    Eh, not quite. In fact Sam Darnold was the 7th most efficient passer in NFL with a clean pocket. Look it up. And that was with subpar recievers. Getting Herndon back and potentially JJ with 11th pick along with Perriman and Crowder, we will see more games like the Dallas and Oakland games in 2020. Can’t wait.

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    lol!

    Sounds good. All the way!

  6. Darnold did a GREAT job with what he had last season. Looked like a real up-and-coming QB in this league. I expect him to be a serious threat to the rest of us next season and for a long time to come.

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