When it comes to a rookie prospect about to begin his career with a pro football team, every little bit of coaching, training, and mentoring helps. Luckily, Sam Darnold was able to spend some time with former New York Jets head coach, Bill Parcells to learn a lot from a legend.
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is about to enter an amazing and surreal part of his life. Drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by the New York Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft, Darnold now embarks on a huge journey to get ready for a tough transition into the pros.
Luckily, he’s entering a great situation with the Jets who have veteran quarterbacks and leadership in place to give him everything he needs to succeed. Before April’s draft, there was a meeting set up by the agent that represents both Darnold and Josh Allen to sit and meet with legendary head coach, Bill Parcells.
It was a three-hour session in which both young quarterbacks undoubtedly learned a lot from a head coach that has seen major success throughout his Pro Football Hall of Fame career. When it comes to Parcells, to get compliments out of him is usually extremely hard and he doesn’t give them out like candy.
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In an article written by Brian Costello of the New York Post who confirmed this meeting between Parcells and both quarterbacks, here’s Parcells big compliment on Darnold:
“I really think he’s interested in winning,” Parcells told The Post on Sunday. “I say this in a complimentary way, I don’t think he’s ready to be a star, if you know what I mean. Some of these guys come out of the draft and they’re ready to be a star. I think he’s ready to be a football player.”
A lot of times rookie quarterbacks that get drafted so high in the NFL Draft start to let all the instant fame get to them. Where they feel they’re untouchable and that it’s an easy ride towards success. Luckily for the Jets, they picked a quarterback in Darnold that for just 19-years-old, is calm, cool, and collective in his approach to playing in the sports media capital of the world.
Darnold knows that he must continue doing what made him famous at USC and keep the focus on football, honing his craft to become better, and making sure when his number is called, he’s as ready as he can be. Having a meeting with Parcells will undoubtedly be something Darnold remembers for a very long time, especially since he took two pages of notes to reference in case he needs it as he gets ready for his rookie season.