Sam Darnold confident he can be one of the best QBs in the league

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Sam Darnold is currently the No. 1 quarterback for the Panthers, but the team has not been shy about looking around at other options and there’s still a chance that they could make a move to change the makeup of the depth chart before the season gets underway.

That hasn’t done much to shake Darnold’s belief in himself, however. Darnold said on Tuesday, via David Newton of ESPN.com, that he is “confident I can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league” despite four years that have provided little evidence to support that feeling.

Darnold also said that he’s working to improve his footwork, which got “chaotic” during the 2021 season. That effort fits with Darnold’s overall approach to preparing for the season amid chatter about his short- and long-term future in the NFL.

“Everyone, including myself, knows the situation. . . . For me, it’s focusing on what I can do right now,” Darnold said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s website.

Unless the Panthers make a move for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo, it seems likely that Darnold will be under center in Week 1. How long he stays there will likely come down to how much improvement comes from that self-directed focus.

53 responses to “Sam Darnold confident he can be one of the best QBs in the league

  1. This poor kid. He’s tough, smart and a good dude. He should stop saying these things publicly.

  2. Give him good, stable coaching, a decent offensive line, a healthy Christian McCaffrey, receivers without the dropsies, and his own good health, and he will prove to be prophetic.

  3. The Jets can really pick em. Mark Sanched, Geno Smith, Darnold and now Zach Wilson.

    Yikes!

  4. I love the kid! whats he supposed to say? I’m still seeing ghosts? I hope Sam has a great season he’s still young and he has plenty of skills.

  5. He’s a nice likeable young man but lacks the skillset to be a successful NFL QB. Maybe he can work with Peyton and Eli on Monday nights.

  6. When you’ve had 6 offensive coordinators in 5 years – Bates, Gase, Loggains, Brady, Nixon and now McAdoo – success is nearly impossible.

  7. First round busts are normally that. In four seasons in the NFL, he has proven nothing. It is what it is.

  8. It really doesn’t matter what he says or doesn’t say. He has to play well enough they either win games or at the very least lose games for a reason other than him. Generally, not many QBs that keep their jobs have losing records on the season unless it’s statistically clear they played well. So far in his career Darnold is 17-32 as a starter and has 54 TDs and 52 INTs. Not nearly good enough to keep a job.

    Stafford kept his job in Det in his first 4 years after going 17-28 because of his numbers.

  9. He was a fun watch at USC and seems like a pretty down to earth guy. I keep hoping he (and Marcus Mariota) can somehow turn it around.

  10. Darnold got off to an unfortunate start, being drafted by the woeful Jets, but he did nothing in Carolina last year to breed optimism. He should be glad his 5th year option got picked up, as this year will likely be his biggest payday for the foreseeable future.

  11. An obvious excerpt from the book “How To Become One Of The Best QBs In The League” by Tim Couch.

  12. jimjets says:
    May 24, 2022 at 2:28 pm
    This poor kid. He’s tough, smart and a good dude. He should stop saying these things publicly.
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    Can’t be that smart if he is saying these things publicly

  13. “Confidence. It’s the food of the wise man but the liquor of the fool.”

    -Vickram

  14. The Jets can really pick em. Mark Sanched, Geno Smith, Darnold and now Zach Wilson

    The Same Darnold J E T S

  15. I guess technically as long as you aren’t the single worst QB in the league, you are “one of the best”.

  16. I mean, he has to believe this. If he doesn’t at least believe that he can be the best than he can never get to that point. So it’s understandable.

  17. courbettheman says:
    May 24, 2022 at 2:34 pm
    Give him good, stable coaching, a decent offensive line, a healthy Christian McCaffrey, receivers without the dropsies, and his own good health, and he will prove to be prophetic.
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    Really? Even Joe Flacco coming off the bench in his 13th season was better than Darnold in his third season while both were on the Jets. New team now, same excuses. I’m sure bad coaching was to blame for Darnold tossing an interception on his first pass of the game against the Vikings. Right? Interception in three consecutive drives against the Patriots. Poor coaching once more? How about poor decision making and over throwing the ball. What will a healthy McCaffrey do? Teams already stack the box for the run, because Darnold has a high probability of missing a receiver, even if they are wide open.

  18. It just goes to show how hard it is to rate and draft a top QB.

    In that Draft darnold was near the top of the draft boards. There was some concerns about his throwing motion, but in general most thought he was the better prospect than Josh Allen.

    I think some even thought Josh Rosen was a better prospect than Allen.

    Picking a QB is more of a crap-shoot than an established science. That being said, the only reason why the Jets took Darnold is that the Giants thought they should take a running back with the #2 overall pick.

    Which makes me wonder if the Jets would have taken Josh Allen instead? Allen should be really happy how it worked out!

    In the bigger picture, Rosen landed with the Cardinals, the coach got fired and he got traded. In Cleveland, Baker got it going it seems once they had fired the OC and head coach, then had a rough second reason, got a NEW coach and OC for season 3, and then got hurt. Hard to develop a good QB when the organization was so unstable.

    And same for the Jets. They took Darnold, but still had a lousy line and limited offensive skill players. They opted to draft more defensive lineman an offensive line or people that could help Darnold sooner. Then, everybody got fired, another coaching staff, lots of instability, and it no way to develop a QB.

    I don’t know what the future will hold for Zack Wilson, but at least they brought in OL, TE, WR, RB to see…much better plan. For Justin Fields in Chicago…who knows?

  19. Dude trains with Josh Allen and they share an off-season QB coach. If he’s making the throws Josh is , then why not? Protect the man and let him do his thing. He’s away from the Jests so he is ready to begin his career.

  20. Sam Darnold has good size, great mobility, great arm but can’t play QB. So much for high ceiling on a QB.

  21. footballismybusiness says:
    May 24, 2022 at 2:43 pm
    Don’t count him out. He’s been mired in bad coaching.
    —————
    What’s changed?

  22. People would have laughed at Steve Young if he would have made that claim while he was on a bad Tampa Bay team. In fact, Darnold looks a lot better than Young did back then.

  23. courbettheman says:

    Give him good, stable coaching, a decent offensive line, a healthy Christian McCaffrey, receivers without the dropsies, and his own good health, and he will prove to be prophetic.

    *********************************************

    I think you misspelled pathetic.

  24. after 4 years… I think you would have already showed it by now
    OR
    Matt Leinart thought the same thing

  25. Even the Philadelphia Eagles proved you could be a dream team and still lose more than you win

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