Joe Douglas rooting for Sam Darnold, even if QB’s success makes him look bad

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For Joe Douglas, the hardest part of the Jets’ trade of Sam Darnold to Carolina was the phone call the General Manager had to make to the quarterback.

“The swallow-hard moment for me was just making that call to Sam,” Douglas told Albert Breer of “You know how much work and dedication he’s put in the last three years here, how many rough situations he’s been through, and never wavered with his confidence. Still, when we had the call, I know in his heart of hearts that he feels he was the right guy to turn this franchise around. I just have so much admiration for how he carries himself.

“So yeah, when that phone’s ringing, you know it’s going to be a difficult conversation. But at the same time, you know it’s not, because he’s such a first-class guy.”

The Jets, under former General Manager Mike Maccagnan, drafted Darnold with the third overall choice in 2018 to be their franchise quarterback. Darnold lasted only three seasons in that role in New York.

The Jets will replace Darnold with the second overall choice later this month, with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson their expected choice. Darnold will get a second chance to make good in Carolina.

Douglas insists he will root for Darnold even if Darnold’s success makes him look bad.

“Whether I look bad or not [for trading Darnold], I could give two s—s about that,” Douglas said, with a laugh. “I know that he’s gonna have success. The timing didn’t really work out for him here. We couldn’t turn this around fast enough for him. And that’s not his fault. I root for good people, and that dude’s a good man, and he’s gonna do good things. I believe that.”

Darnold is only 23 and will have better weapons and get better coaching in Carolina than he did with the Jets. So this is his best last chance to prove he’s a franchise quarterback.

12 responses to “Joe Douglas rooting for Sam Darnold, even if QB’s success makes him look bad

  1. As I’ve Bills fan I’ve watch Sam Darnold and Josh Allen’s careers very closely. The Jets are going to regret shipping Darnold off. They’ve done nothing but actively sabotage his development as an NFL QB.

    Surround him with even mild competency on offense and he will show great improvement. Every time Sam Darnold flashed, the Jets quickly put it out.

  2. If they honestly thought he had the talent, he would have been the guy moving forward.

    He’s a bust as are the Jets. Rinse and repeat.

  3. The phone call might have been hard for Douglas to make, but the guy on the other end was smiling from ear to ear. That’s the best call he’s ever received in his life. Getting traded away from the Jets. Geez, that’s like a dream come true. Darnold probably wakes up every morning and pinches himself to make sure he’s not dreaming. I’m sure Steve Young wasn’t too upset when the GM from Tampa Bay called him to inform him he’d been traded to the 49ers.

  4. What a classy send-off. Joe Douglas has been well respected in the league. To hear that from him makes me want to root for Darnold going forward.

  5. Sam had NOTHING to work with..but he is inconsistent and sometimes inaccurate..I think Fields and Wilson May have higher ceilings

  6. Bringing in Adam Gase as coach is the kiss of death to any QB who isn’t already a locked-in Hall of Famer who can just call all their own plays like Peyton did. Darnold could see a huge leap once exposed to real NFL coaching.

  7. As a Jets fan, I wish him luck too. I really feel he could’ve elevated more guys around him if he had a more firey personality. I have no doubt he can become a successful QB post Clifboard Gase.

  8. classy. sam is going into a great spot. this trade just made the panthers a very intriguing team.

  9. The contract situation will be so much easier with a new qb. But I’m otherwise sad to see Darnold go. Talented and a good guy. I’ve been guilty over the years of believing new GMs and coaches too easily. So I hope I’m not doing that again but I believe in Douglas and his approach. Go Jets!

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