Sam Darnold discusses the possibility of making calls without crowd noise

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If the NFL opens the season in empty stadiums, the lack of crowd noise would be an adjustment for the quarterbacks.

That’s the word from Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who discussed the possibility in an ESPN Radio interview.

“It would be a little bit different, obviously, not having the fans there,” Darnold said, via SNY. “They’re part of what makes this sport. The fans are really what makes sports great in general. Just the atmosphere that they create in the stadium. Besides that, I think not having fans there. . . . Just being able to hear my calls pretty loud and clear. It’ll be different, to say the least. I think if that’s the case, there might be a little adjustment period. But again, everyone’s gonna have to adapt and get used to it.”

The NFL’s preference would be to start the season on schedule and with fans in the stands. But if fans can’t be there, some things will change, including quarterbacks in road games benefitting from not having to use hand signals and silent counts.

28 responses to “Sam Darnold discusses the possibility of making calls without crowd noise

  1. Gonna be like watching the pro bowl. Yeah…it’s a game, but not at all like it should be.

  2. The defense could give Sam all their calls ahead of time. He’s still going to throw into double coverage. Only good thing about Sam is he’s so erratic he might throw a ball into his coaches mug on the sideline and knock his eyes straight.

  3. Sam has skills and looks like he could turn into a special QB, but we need to see proof of that in 2020.

  4. The real question becomes which team will be the 1st to pump artificial noise in or to suggest it

  5. rickfol says:
    May 13, 2020 at 8:28 am
    No more ghosts??!!

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    He called Bill Murray

  6. “It would be a little bit different, obviously. It’ll be different, to say the least.”

  7. I think it’s going to be funny hearing defensive players standing on the sidelines watching their QB’s throw a stupid interception or fumble the ball away. We’ll all be able to hear what they really say when those things happen.

  8. The water boys will be replaced with the sanitizer boys, spittoons all over the sidelines and mandatory face shields to avoid spit and viruses to go into their faces.

  9. I’ve noticed when there’s a TV show with a lot of people in one zoom or conference video (SNL) that when they cheer together or laugh together it sounds like a real audience. What if they came up with a massive audio conference thing people could join – especially those streaming football games – and the fans’ cheering gets pumped through the stadium speakers. It’ll still be weird with the stands empty but at least you get the “sense” or “feeling” you get from a loud cheering/booing/whatevering crowd.

  10. Pump in crowd noise regulated by the league so it’s fair for each team. It will make it more fun for us at home too. Makes I a bit more normal.

  11. I’d like to see them pump in the crowd noise, and make it a little bit louder for the home team. Got to have that home-field advantage. Otherwise, you could play the games at a neutral site.

  12. dabears2485 says:
    May 13, 2020 at 6:09 am
    Gonna be like watching the pro bowl. Yeah…it’s a game, but not at all like it should be.

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    Then don’t watch it. Four months out and people are already complaining. Given what’s going on in the world right now, I’d take that over nothing.

  13. That’s going to be the strangest thing about watching games on TV. You don’t see the crowd every shot but you HEAR them throughout the entire game. I wonder if they’ll either pipe in artificial noise or maybe have check-ins at watch parties after big plays to get some fan excitement.

  14. Now you’ll hear Brady clearly when he runs on the field and yells “LET’S F—-ING GO!!”

  15. I really don’t think enough people realize how big no fans is. Think about a team going into Seattle. There’s a reason they call their fans the 12s. You can’t hear yourself think let alone what someone is yelling across the field. I bet away teams win percentage is higher than it’s ever been.

  16. Can Darnold beat a playoff team without crowd noise?
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    If he hadn’t been really sick and weak in Week 1 last year, the Jets would have beaten the Bills. My best guess – no mononucleosis and the Jets make the playoffs in 2019.

  17. Seems the first domino fell with California canceling in-person classes, so how can there be games?
    I mean unless college players actually go to in-person classes.

    Or any kind of classes…

  18. Will he be better than Kirk Cousins with no fans? It’s not exactly a high bar to clear, but one he hasn’t managed with fans.

  19. Josh Sowards says:
    May 13, 2020 at 10:03 am
    Pump in crowd noise regulated by the league so it’s fair for each team. It will make it more fun for us at home too. Makes I a bit more normal.

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    The Colts have been doing that for decades

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