The New York Jets have invested a lot in grooming Sam Darnold to be their next franchise quarterback as he’s everything they could ask for and then some. Mainly because he keeps everything strictly about football and nothing else.
If you close your eyes for just a moment, think back to all the quarterbacks that came before Sam Darnold. It’s a rather long list of players that either brought distractions, below average play, or a lot of frustration to the most important position on the team.
Luckily for the Jets, it looks like they might have finally gotten it right when they drafted Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Not only does he bring a lot of talent to the table but has a history of winning in clutch moments and well, keeping things strictly around football.
Ideally, the Jets know that if they groom Darnold now and give him a solid supporting cast over the next few years, he could finally be the answer to their dreams. You know, a quarterback that can deliver winning results consistently and not have his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
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The biggest reason why Darnold is everything the Jets can ask for and then some in a quarterback is that he’s well, pretty laid back and boring. No, not boring in a bad way but rather, he reminds me of how the Manning brothers handle themselves on and off the field. You know, always studying up on playbooks, honing their craft, and developing ways to improve on the gridiron.
Darnold is a professional and already looking like a class act that sticks to focusing on the task at hand and that is all about being the best football player he can be. Darnold won’t be one to get caught up in the New York nightlife drinking and partying, but rather, studying his playbook and doing everything he can to win football games.
This is a refreshing change from what the norm has been at quarterback for the Jets over the past decade or so. A quarterback that looks like a football bookworm that in every conversation with the media, refers back to all the little things to get better. If Darnold keeps things the way they are, there is no doubt that he’ll be a very good quarterback for many years to come.