Sam Darnold: I didn’t play well enough for the Jets and that’s on me

New York Jets v New England Patriots
Getty Images

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold had a rough go with the Jets for three years.

There were several reasons why New York elected to trade him to Carolina in April, clearing the way for the Jets to select Zach Wilson at No. 2 overall. But now as Darnold prepares to face his former team to open the season on Sunday, Darnold isn’t blaming anyone for the way things turned out.

“I feel like, for me, every opportunity I’ve found a way to kind of take advantage of,” Darnold said, via David Newton of ESPN. “The Jets was kind of the first time in my life that I got something — and that was taken away from me, for multiple reasons. … I definitely didn’t play good enough in my stint there. And I put it on myself.”

Though some might say former head coach Adam Gase’s offense didn’t put Darnold in position to succeed, the 2018 No. 3 overall pick didn’t go there.

“We had a good system in New York,” Darnold said. “And there were countless plays where I messed up a read or I didn’t throw it to the open guy.”

In 38 games for the Jets, Darnold completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 8,097 yards with 45 touchdowns, 39 interceptions, and seven lost fumbles, compiling a 13-25 record.

But with weapons like running back Christian McCaffrey along with receivers Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore, and a system run by offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Darnold is in a good situation to craft a different narrative for the second chapter of his career.

11 responses to “Sam Darnold: I didn’t play well enough for the Jets and that’s on me

  1. No Sam,I think it was the ever revolving door of head coaches/coaching staff/offensive systems and front office. Sam Darnold never had a chance and was never placed in a position to succeed. And the common denominators in all this are owners Woody and Christopher Johnson.

  2. Darnold is right. The question is why did he deserve another starting job after such clear failure in NY?

    There is a distinct pattern of employment opportunities for failed QBs and certain ones are allowed to FAIL UP.

    Some with ability are sent packing. Depends on who you are.

  3. Definitely rooting for Darnold to turn around his career. Thought he’d be a big time NFL QB coming out of USC.

  4. Sam was never the problem with the Jets. Incompetent ownership was and probably will continue to the problem with the Jets. They can’t get it right because they hire bad GMs who in turn hire sub par coaches. The Johnsons don’t want to pay their own players and let the great ones walk. Hopefully hiring Joe Douglas will have changed all that.

  5. That’s the right thing to say but he’s still in the league while Adam Gase is not so that suggests others don’t hold him entirely responsible.

  6. Remember when all the experts said he way light-years ahead of josh allen Pepperidge Farm remembers

  7. Great kid says all the right things
    But if he doesn’t fix those turnovers(college and so far in the NFL) he will be a life long back up

  8. He’s right about the countless plays of missing open guys right away and checking reads. It ain’t hard to tell but Gase is just as much to blame as Maccagnan. He got what deserved, a second chance with the Panthers. All the bes

  9. how can you not like this kid? never complained or threw anyone under the bus. will be rooting for him. no hard feelings from this jet fan

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.