Johnson was quick to say that he won’t be making the decision about whether Darnold stays, the Jets draft a quarterback, or make some other move. General Manager Joe Douglas and whoever the team hires as their next coach will make that call.
“I’m a huge fan of Sam. I think he’s a great QB,” Johnson said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “I think he has wonderful talent and drive and leadership. I don’t think the book has been written on Sam. He has a very big future. And I personally hope it’s on this team. That’s what I told him after the game: I hope he is a Jet going forward. But that decision will be made by Joe Douglas and our new coach. That’s about as definitive as I can get on Sam.”
The Jets have the Seahawks’ first-round pick along with the second overall pick they earned by going 2-14 and ample cap space at their disposal. That creates a lot of options at quarterback and Douglas will have to make the right calls to end a decade-long playoff drought.