Ryan Kalil: Jets didn’t let Sam Darnold evolve or make decisions on his own

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Sam Darnold did not perform as hoped during his three seasons with the Jets and the quarterback is now with the Panthers after they sent three draft picks to the AFC East team in a trade.

That move is a bet that Darnold’s troubles were based more on the situation he was in rather than shortcomings of his own. A longtime Panthers player who closed out his career as Darnold’s teammate with the Jets thinks that’s a good wager.

Center Ryan Kalil played for the Jets in 2019 and said that he believes former Jets head coach Adam Gase’s scheme bears a lot of responsibility for the lackluster results.

“It was a system that didn’t allow a lot of individual freedom. It was very, ‘You do it this way and that’s it,'” Kalil said, via Joseph Person of TheAthletic.com. “A lot of the scheme was pre-determined based on what they thought they were seeing from the sideline. It didn’t give Sam a lot of room to grow, in my opinion, to make decisions on the fly. It worked in some instances, but it handicapped him in the long run. It wasn’t a system that allowed him to evolve and make decisions on his own. I think that was the hardest thing. And I think that’s why ultimately the Jets made some [coaching] changes, too.”

Coaching isn’t the only external factor cited for why Darnold flopped with the Jets. The lack of talent around him has also been a major talking point, which leaves the Panthers hoping that their situation will solve both problems and allow him to break out.

25 responses to “Ryan Kalil: Jets didn’t let Sam Darnold evolve or make decisions on his own

  1. Everyone inside and outside of NY new that the Jets didn’t give Sam Darnold the proper opportunity to develop and succeed; so they got rid of the coach and then they got rid of the player…..

    Meanwhile, the Bills draft Allen 4 spots later and move heaven and earth to build a team around him and he went from project QB to an Aaron Rodgers shy of NFL MVP.

    The Sam Darnold I’ve watched will be far better under competent coaching and roster building in Carolina.

    God help the next Jets QB they draft.

  2. The Jets dropped Darnold into the middle of the ocean, gave him no help, then wondered why he didn’t thrive. If they don’t come up with a better plan, they’ll ruin whoever they draft the same way they ruined Darnold.

  3. Just shows how incompetent Gase and the Johnson’s truly are. The amount of hubris in that organization at one time nearly made it crumble. Hopefully, Douglas’ steers this ship in the right direction,

  4. Darnold isn’t the first player who has floundered under the Jets. Gase was a horrible coach & some organizations are destined for doom. I bet Darnold ends up as a solid QB for yrs to come, for the Panthers.

  5. As a Panthers fan I hope this works out, but of course Ryan also told the Panthers that his brother Matt was healthy and would be a good signing…..

  6. Ryan, thanks for stating the obvious. Or at least it’s obvious if you’ve been paying attention.

  7. QBs like Darnold get thrown under the bus so often we’re all used to it (also, Trubisky, Goff). Coaches and GMs are mainly concerned about keeping their jobs and it’s always easiest to just blame the QB they didn’t develop.

    So now the Jets are gonna give things a try with a head coach who seems to have his head on straight – hopefully they’ll fare better with their newest high-draft pick QB.

  8. Ryan kalill’s lack of ability To block didn’t help Darnold’s career either..I wish the jets traded the pick and surrounded Sam with talent..Carolina will have a two year window to see what Sam can do..I think with some coaching,blocking and some open receivers he will be a very good qb

  9. Same with Tannehill at Miami. Looked awful in Gase’s scheme then flourished with the Titans. Darnold has got some talent- let’s see if the Panthers can use it properly.

  10. Same with Tannehill at Miami. Looked awful in Gase’s scheme then flourished with the Titans. Darnold has got some talent- let’s see if the Panthers can use it properly.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________Gase was and is a complete buffoon but how does Mac not get any blame for assembling rosters with zero playmakers ,horrible drafting and NEVER drafting an offensive lineman earlier than the 4th round??
    BTW Tannehill was pretty damn good in Miami he just couldn’t stay healthy

  11. Gase had better hope Darnold doesn’t look great on a different team, or his NFL future is looking bleak after what happened with Tannehill.

  12. Why does anyone think the Panthers are any more competent than the crew with the Jets?

  13. They had a 4th and 1 with nobody lined up over the center where Darnold could have just fallen forward for the first down yet he STILL wasn’t allowed to audible into that. That there says it all.

  14. Gase was bad with the bears, but he got the Dolphin’s jobs. He was bad with the Dolphins, but it didn’t stop him from getting the jet’s job. It must be nice to be that mediocre but keep getting hired. I am sure all the black assistants waiting to get an opportunity are watching and wondering how someone like Gase got so many opportunities. I think we all know-how.

  15. Peyton Manning comes to Denver and Gase becomes a genius QB whisperer? GAse then gets two different jobs specifically to develop young QBs and they do not develop.

    Tannehill moves to Tennessee and immediately realizes his potential. I am very interested in Darnold’s progression. It all speaks to just how great a player Manning was.

  16. Shanahan, McVay, Stefanski, Kubiak all strongly limit QB options at LOS. LaFluer tried same with Rodgers and ARod just laughed and told him that ain’t happening, Mike adjusted.

    This is more reflective of Gase (and Jets talent) than it is that process. Kind of amazing how far a Peyton Manning rec gets you.

  17. 12brichandfamous says:
    April 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Peyton Manning comes to Denver and Gase becomes a genius QB whisperer? GAse then gets two different jobs specifically to develop young QBs and they do not develop.

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    THIS is a point worth looking at more closely regarding Gase. When Peyton got to Denver he was already a legend. He was already considered to be his own coach & coordinator.
    Gase certainly didn’t develop Manning or make him any better than he already was. Peyton won’t say anything, but I wonder how much he actually listened to or followed Gase’s scheme’s.
    It’s ridiculous that Gase got so much credit for Peyton Manning being Peyton Manning.

  18. loldeepball says:
    April 16, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Gase had better hope Darnold doesn’t look great on a different team, or his NFL future is looking bleak after what happened with Tannehill.
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    Gaes future has been bleak for a long time.

  19. How much do you people think a QB that see’s ghost’s in his 2nd season is going to evolve and is this a guy you let make decisions?

    Darnold is going to struggle to be a mid tier QB, the game is just too fast for him at this level, that’s not a totally bad thing though as it is too fast for a whole lot of QB’s! That’s wwhy the bust rate for 1st round QBs since 2000 hovers between 65-70%, this is the best of the best and a lot will fail.

  20. mackcarrington says:
    April 16, 2021 at 1:25 pm
    12brichandfamous says:
    April 16, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Peyton Manning comes to Denver and Gase becomes a genius QB whisperer? GAse then gets two different jobs specifically to develop young QBs and they do not develop.

    ————————-====================————————-

    THIS is a point worth looking at more closely regarding Gase. When Peyton got to Denver he was already a legend. He was already considered to be his own coach & coordinator.
    Gase certainly didn’t develop Manning or make him any better than he already was. Peyton won’t say anything, but I wonder how much he actually listened to or followed Gase’s scheme’s.
    It’s ridiculous that Gase got so much credit for Peyton Manning being Peyton Manning.
    __________________________________________

    EXACTLY, YOU ARE 100% CORRECT!

    That reminds me of the pre-game show with Jim Brown, Bradshaw, Strahan, Johnson and Howie Long when Jim Brown asked if the Broncos offense was going to miss John Fox because he had a heart procedure and wouldn’t be at the game. Well Bradshaw, Johnson and Strahan beat around the bush and gave their nice answers and Howie Long say’s “OK it look’s like everyone here is just being nice or they’re to scared to tell the truth, hell no the Broncos offense isn’t going to miss Fox because you don’t coach a Peyton Manning offense, Peyton leads and coaches the offense and a few times a week when you’re the OC or HC you just walk by the meeting room and stick your head in and ask Peyton ‘how’s it going’ and when he says ‘great’ you just give him a thumbs up and continue on your way, you don’t interfere” and I thought Strahan was going to pee his pants he was laughing so hard!

  21. He will grow and be given the keys to the car in Carolina. I think the sky is the limit for him in Carolina. If that happens the owners will be trying really hard to hire Brady as a coach after next season.

  22. Getting hurt his second season didnt help his development, not to mention hardly any weapons to help him. Bell was a bust when he realized he couldnt tip-toe through defenses like he did with a much better Steelers offensive line …

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