New York Jets: It’s Time to Move on from Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold, New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Sam Darnold, New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Sam Darnold had yet another bad game as the New York Jets fell to 0-3 on the season with a 36-7 loss to the Colts.

When the New York Jets selected Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jets fans thought they had found their franchise quarterback and they no longer had to worry about filler quarterback after filler quarterback.

Unfortunately for the Jets and their fans, that no longer looks as if it is the case as Sam Darnold continues to have poor performance after poor performance. Through three games this season Darnold has completed 59 of his 96 passes for 562 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.

In 2019, Darnold started only 13 games, and yet he finished 10th in the NFL in total interceptions, and in 2018 he finished in a tie for second with 15 interceptions. Now, we are only three weeks into the 2020 season and Darnold has already thrown four interceptions and is tied for fourth in the NFL in total interceptions.

It is clear that Darnold has a problem with interceptions, but that’s not his only problem. Darnold is 27th in the league in completion percentage, 26th in touchdown passes, and 29th in passing yards, do you see a trend here?

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Well if you think maybe he’s just having a bad start, you’d be wrong. In 2019 Darnold finished 24th in yards per game, and in 2018, he finished 26th. As much as Jets fans might hate to admit it, they were wrong about Sam Darnold, and they have put up with his poor performances for far too long.

Darnold is simply not the answer in New York, but the problem then becomes; who is?

With an 0-3 record and not a whole lot of winnable games in their near future, the Jets have a very good chance at securing the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft where they would have the chance to pick Clemson standout, Trevor Lawrence, or Ohio State quarterback, Justin Fields.

In addition to that, quarterbacks such as Cam Newton, Jamison Winston, Dak Prescott, Mitch Trubisky, and others might be available following the 2020 season.

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Nonetheless, Sam Darnold is not the answer for the New York Jets, but they will have the opportunity to replace him in the very near future.