The New York Jets are still holding out hope for a miraculous playoff run, and it’s because of a renewed confidence in Sam Darnold.
The New York Jets have won three games in a row and are building a nice groove with quarterback Sam Darnold. The former USC Trojans star is fully healthy after a mono scare that held him out a few games earlier in the season.
Darnold has reignited a once dormant offense this season with great performances against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders. The Jets were at one point in the season laughable at the quarterback position while Darnold was out of action and is now fun to watch. Darnold has converted seven touchdown passes and only one interception over the past three games and has fans thinking playoffs could be a reality.
Darnold started this rallying cry two weeks ago while speaking with reporters regarding the team’s future. “We still have a chance to make the playoffs,” said Darnold defiantly at a group of reporters who weren’t convinced the then two-win team could become contenders.
The impressive play from Darnold has started to change the mindset of commentators around the country. Former NFL safety and current CBS broadcaster Adam Archuleta commented on Darnold’s bounce-back season during an interview with the NY Post.
"“It’s that he didn’t let that ruin him. His ability to bounce back from negativity is a great quality. He hit a point where it wasn’t looking good. He was making some real bad decisions, turning the ball over, couldn’t handle pressure really well, the offensive line was breaking down around him. The No. 1 thing that gives you hope is that he didn’t let that spiral out of control. He really rebounded and turned that around.”"
The Jets are facing a daunting task trying to make the playoffs in a very competitive AFC with several teams battling for one wild card spot. The team needs to win out just to be in the playoff picture and get lucky with specific teams losing along the way. The result of this season needs to be positive morale wise for the team culture and hopeful for a dedicated fan base happy to see their franchise quarterback playing well.