Adam Gase admits he hasn’t done a good enough job developing Sam Darnold

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In Sam Darnold‘s three seasons as the Jets’ franchise quarterback, there’s been little sign of improvement. Jets coach Adam Gase is willing to take some blame for that.

Gase said today that he recognizes that he was hired in large part because Jets ownership saw him as the coach who could get the most out of Darnold, and it hasn’t worked out the way anyone hoped.

“I came here to help him and help him develop his career and we haven’t been able to do that. That’s why these games are so important, to help him continue to grow,” Gase said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “I haven’t done a good enough job.”

Gase also indicated, however, that he thinks the personnel around Darnold has been a problem.

“At the same time, that’s what’s frustrating about the quarterback position, you do need 10 other guys to do their job as well,” Gase said. “When he throws one of those really good balls and it’s dropped, that’s frustrating.”

Much has been frustrating about the Gase-Darnold experience. But it’s likely to be over after five more games.

50 responses to “Adam Gase admits he hasn’t done a good enough job developing Sam Darnold

  1. And because of your negligence, the poor guy will probably be out of the league/a backup when he could have been a starter.

  2. The sad truth is that this organization has not done well at developing a single skill position player in more than twenty years. Their last offensive skill stars, like Curtis Martin or any of the former Steeler’s receivers that got picked up near the end of their careers, became good players elsewhere. What gives when a drought of competence lasts for decades like that? Only thing that makes sense to me is ownership.

  3. Can’t believe Gase and Bears HC Nagy are still employed. Gase is relevant because of Peyton Manning In Denver and Nagy was only considered because of Andy Reid

    Let me help both Jets and Bears ownership on their future OC if not head coach.

    Offensive minded candidates
    – Lincoln Riley Oklahoma university ( smart and inventive with his offense)

    – Greg Roman OC Baltimore ( adapts to his personal)

    – Sean McDaniels NE OC ( probably not leaving NE but very smart and good game planner

    -Eric Bienemy ( has good track record offensively but is it him or Andy Reid, to be determined)

    -Frank Reich Indy OC

    Defensive coordinator candidates

    – Robert Salah SF DC ( smart and gets most of his players)

    – Dean Pees Bal DC

    Your welcome

  4. Peyton Manning and Gary Kubiak got this guy 2 head coaching jobs. Will GMs now realize this guy is a bum?

  5. It’s mostly on him but Darnold has missed quite a few games. Dude is like a younger Jimmy G – maybe even worse! Remember the mono?

  6. Or as Darryl Rogers once said to the Detroit media “What does a coach need to do to get fired around here?”

  7. What quarterback has Adam Gase successfully developed???? And no, Peyton Manning does not count. Anyone? Anyone?…

  8. How much can you develop a QB who can’t make all the NFL throws and makes bad decisions at critical times? When Gase was in Miami, Tannehill never looked as bad as Darnold does now.

  9. “And because of your negligence, the poor guy will probably be out of the league/a backup when he could have been a starter.”
    ____________

    Or worse yet for Jets fans, he’ll wind up on some other team with competent coaching and see a resurgence like Ryan Tannehill did.

  10. The Jets saw the overall incompetence in Miami and still hired him, what did they expect?

  11. Lmao this man has no shame. He has never developed anybody and has been an abysmal failure everywhere he’s gone. Dude should send Manning a Christmas card every year because he has ridden those coattails to not one but two head coaching jobs. Snake oil salesman.

  12. “I’m a craapy coach” is not a good slogan to put out there leading into your next set of interviews.

    I think Darnold has potential that Gase wasted. He’s probably out of a job as well and will need to convince a team that he can be the guy again.

  13. Darnold is not blameless. Sure Gase was an issue but you also have to wonder if any coach could have developed Darnold.

  14. I’ve done a poor job developing our high draft pick. Luck is on my side though as I get to ruin another QB starting next year.

  15. It was a baffling, terrible hire in the first place given Gase had a ton of talent in Miami which he either drove out of town or under-utilised. An offense featuring Tannehill, Drake, Landry and Parker would have been awesome in the hands of the right coach.

  16. BS … he wouldn’t admit that , he’s just trying to drive up Darnolds trade value by alluding to he has a lot of upside and was poor from bad coaching

  17. VisionTim says:
    December 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    It’s mostly on him but Darnold has missed quite a few games. Dude is like a younger Jimmy G – maybe even worse! Remember the mono?
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    I love that people remember Darnold mostly for getting mono. It’s a virus that almost no one could play football through, but people still roast him for it.

  18. So much for the QB whisperer. I’m guessing he was Whispering to low for Tannehill and now Darnold. Maybe someone should ask Peyton Manning if he still thinks the guy that held a clipboard for him is still a great coach.

  19. A QB draftee cannot develop himself. It is generally accepted that the jump from the NCAA to the NFL is huge, and especially at QB.

    Young QBs may find success if they are properly nurtured by the organization (and this would be different for every person, there is no “one size fits all”); if the coaching staff is smart enough to cater the offense to their strengths (if they’re starting); if there is sufficient talent around him to relieve some of the pressure; if the defense is good enough to not require a young QB to constantly be playing from behind, or to make up large deficits on a regular basis; and helping the young QB to learn from his mistakes – everyone doesn’t learn in the same way, the coaching staff needs to understand this and adapt to the QB’s needs, not just coach “at him” and assume they’ve done their best.

    And this isn’t everything, by any means.

    In other words – a young QBs “development” goes far beyond a HC speaking some magical words in his ear. If a young QB fails, it’s also a failure of the entire organization, not just singling out one guy as a “bust”.

  20. That’s the way to throw the rest of the team under fire. How are you even capable of spitting out that sentence and not realize that the problem is Gase actual ineptitude of football. This guy is not a leader, just a guy who is way over his head and constantly trying to save his job

  21. Anyone who thinks Adam Gase should ever be allowed within 500 feet of a QB prospect should go back and watch the 2017 Rose Bowl.

    I know College is different than the NFL, but to see the potential Darnold showed in that game (33-53, 453 yards, 5 td’s) and compare it to how it has worked out for him with the Jets is astounding.

  22. Matt Swift says:
    December 3, 2020 at 11:49 am
    In other news, “the sky was yellow and the sun was blue”

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    Nice reference, my friend!

    “Well, I ain’t always right but I’ve never been wrong
    Seldom turns out the way it does in a song
    Once in a while you get shown the light
    In the strangest of places if you look at it right”

  23. I kinda hope the 49ers bail on Jimmy G and trade for Darnold this off-season (he’d probably go for a 2nd or 3rd rounder). Curious to see if Shanahan could save him. I think he could. The post-Gase bump is clearly real.

  24. “Adam Gase admits he hasn’t done a good enough job”

    The title could just end there. It’s not Darnold, he hasn’t done good at anything really.

  25. “That’s the way to throw the rest of the team under fire. How are you even capable of spitting out that sentence and not realize that the problem is Gase actual ineptitude of football. This guy is not a leader, just a guy who is way over his head and constantly trying to save his job.”
    ___________________

    Yep. He ‘sorta’ takes responsibility for Darnold’s growth as QB then throws the rest of the team under the bus with the “it takes ten other guys” quote. Real smooth. I bet they love him in the locker room.

  26. “– Sean McDaniels NE OC ( probably not leaving NE but very smart and good game planner

    -Eric Bienemy ( has good track record offensively but is it him or Andy Reid, to be determined)

    -Frank Reich Indy OC”

    It’s JOSH mcdaniels. And Frank Reich is the head coach, not the OC.

  27. I still think Sam Darnold can be a really good NFL QB. It’s downright unfair to judge Darnold considering the reality of the current situation he is in. Darnold is playing in the worst designed offense in the NFL with skill position players that would not make 90% of the other rosters in the NFL. Darnold has nothing around him, he has a bunch of chicken poop around him that Adam Gase ask’s him to make chicken salad out of every week which is a flat impossible task considering the talent discrepencies between the Jets and their opponents. Don’t get me wrong Sam Darnold has made his own share of mistakes this year, but the dude has crap coaching with no offensive structure/ direction/design. He’s getting zero help, and hasn’t had much help his entire time in New York.

    This off-season i’d love to see Darnold traded to a good team in need of a QB. I still think the Jets could get a decent return for Darnold as GM’s & HC’s understand and realize the situation that Darnold is currently in and what’s around him in NY. I think the NYJ’s could get a 2nd & 4th for Darnold, maybe a 2nd and a 3rd. There are a handful of desperate teams out there who have solid rosters yet desperately need a QB and wont be picking high enough to land a top prospect without trading up. Teams like the 49ers, Bears, Saints & Colts come to mind immediately and there are more I just can’t think of right now. If the Jets do end up trading Darnold and drafting Trevor Lawerence I pray they don’t ruin Lawerence, they need to make sure they do whatever takes to land a great coach who has a real plan to develop Lawerence and rebuild that squad if they land Lawerence. No more discount head coaching hires.

  28. Once again I say keep Gase as head coach of the jets. He is doing a great job of helping 3 teams win 2 games every year’ and they are happy when the see the jets lose every game. keep up the good work Mr. Gase. The gift that keep on giving. Bill

  29. VisionTim says:
    December 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm
    It’s mostly on him but Darnold has missed quite a few games. Dude is like a younger Jimmy G – maybe even worse! Remember the mono?
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    In terms of raw QB talent Darnold is a much more talented/gifted QB talent than Jimmy G is. Darnold has nothing but garbage around him in NY with even worse coaching, on the other hand it took two of the top coach’s in the NFL to make Jimmy G looks average and Jimmy always had great teams around him while Darnold has always had garbage around him. You put Sam Darnold around the talent Jimmy G had in SF and you’d see why Darnold was the 3rd overall pick and Jimmy G went at the very end of round 2. Darnold is a much more gifted athlete/QB than Jimmy is.

  30. portis26 says:
    December 3, 2020 at 1:08 pm
    It was a baffling, terrible hire in the first place given Gase had a ton of talent in Miami which he either drove out of town or under-utilised. An offense featuring Tannehill, Drake, Landry and Parker would have been awesome in the hands of the right coach.
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    The Dolphins made a HUGE mistake last year to trade RB Kenyan Drake to Arizona for a low day 3 draft pick. I think Miami only got like a very late 5th or 6th round pick for Drake and Drake then went to Arizona last year and promptly started just destroying defenses rushing for 650YDs AVG’n 5YPC w/ 8TDs all in 8 games. This season Drake is on pace for 1100 rushing yards and 10TDs AVG’n 4.3 YPC right now. All for a late round day 3 pick? You don’t trade a talent like that for nothing basically.

  31. ill42 says:
    December 3, 2020 at 2:08 pm
    I kinda hope the 49ers bail on Jimmy G and trade for Darnold this off-season (he’d probably go for a 2nd or 3rd rounder). Curious to see if Shanahan could save him. I think he could. The post-Gase bump is clearly real.
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    Shannahan needs to do something at QB over this off-season because right now the 49ers have the worst QB situation BY FAR in their division which is a problem considering how tough & competitive the NFC West is as arguably the best division in the NFL.No body fears the 9ers QB, especially deep because Jimmy G can’t go deep which infuriates Kyle Shannahan driving him crazy because the deep game off play action is a big part of the Shannahan offense.

  32. It’s JOSH mcdaniels and Frank Reich is the head coach, not the OC
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    i was trying to figure out who sean mcdaniels was and was thinking the EXACT thing u were about frank as i read it lol. heck i even went on to try and figure out if OC was shorthand for something since he hasnt been a OC since he left philly

  33. this jackwagon is a COMPLETE TOOL that just cant seem to fully accept his responsibility and always seems to make excuses or deflect blame to someone else. also when will these nfl execs realize that just because you breathe the same air as a alltime great player or really good coach thst doesnt mean that you too will be great?

  34. Hasn’t done a good enough job developing Darnold? How about, hasn’t done a good enough job in building a team.

  35. Adam Gase was TRASH with the Bears…. and even worse with the JETS… Trevor Lawrence should stay at Clemson to avoid the horrific NY Jets…

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