Joe Douglas: Keeping Sam Darnold wouldn’t have been best situation for anyone

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Jets General Manager Joe Douglas met the media on Tuesday to discuss the decision to trade quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers for a 2021 sixth-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick.

Douglas said that the team may have made a different choice if they were picking “a little bit later” than second overall in the first round, but that’s where they landed in a draft with some highly regarded quarterback prospects. Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown suggested recently that Darnold would have embraced competing with and playing alongside a rookie, but Douglas said the team felt that would be more problematic than parting ways with their 2018 first-round pick.

“Ultimately we felt that wouldn’t be the best situation for Sam, the rookie quarterback, coach [Robert] Saleh, his staff and the locker room,” Douglas said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Douglas conceded that it is a “fair assessment” that the Jets will be taking a quarterback and noted that “this was an opportunity to hit the reset button financially.” The consensus opinion is that it will be Zach Wilson, but Douglas said the team is still working through their process with the draft a few weeks away.

9 responses to “Joe Douglas: Keeping Sam Darnold wouldn’t have been best situation for anyone

  1. I still believe Darnold may have a future esp. now with a fresh start but you can’t blame Jets for moving on. Darnold had a lower QB rating than Dwayne Haskins last year! He just didn’t show enough in 3 years regardless of what excuses you want to make about lack of support.

  2. This will be the Jets 3rd QB taken in the first round since 2009. If the Jets fail with this next one, would it be safe to say they are the new Cleveland Browns?

  3. The BYU kid with a billionaire uncle is going to quit on this franchise and football so fast when the going gets tough.

  4. In other words, if Sam didn’t want to be traded, he should have won more games.

  5. So they hire a defensive minded HC and immediately re-set the offense. This will be fun to look back at in 3 or 4 years when it inevitably does not work.

  6. The Jets didn’t want to deal with a “quarterback controversy” that would have began the second they drafted someone.
    It would have festered in the media, throughout the organization, and it certainly would have eventually split the locker room into factions.
    They saved themselves a lot of headaches and are able to give their new head coach a clean slate.

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