The New York Jets might regret trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater too soon. Especially if things go horribly wrong to start the regular season with a rookie quarterback.
The New York Jets traded Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints for a third-round pick, proving that they are way too early in love with Sam Darnold. The bad thing is if he fails, the Jets will indeed be very heartbroken.
The reason this trade is very risky is that Darnold should be given time to watch the other quarterbacks around him, not the other way around. Suppose Josh McCown is down and out with an injury for the entire season? Guess who won’t have time to sit back and learn by watching and have to carry this struggling and historically awful franchise alone?
The Jets have a terrible reputation with developing quarterbacks and this just proves it. Rather than be patient and give Darnold some comfort room, they apparently think he is going to lead them to two or more Super Bowls in the next four years. It’s just not realistic.
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Darnold has the potential to be a very good quarterback, however, it’s way to early to fully tell what he’s all about in a meaningful football game. It’s great that he looks sharp out there and is already getting high praises from people like Tony Romo and some others around the league but let’s face it, the season has not started. I’m not one to get so hype over preseason games. That’s because they do not mean anything.
Trading Bridgewater created a huge gaping hole in the Jets quarterback department. They made it a ton weaker just as they had it up to almost full strength and full power capability. That is life, I guess. Just as something is looking great we make a dumb decision and regret it sooner or later.
Rushing Darnold and making him carry this team may affect his playing abilities and have a deeper impact on his career. The Jets should have been so much more patient when they had all of the pieces they needed. Needless to say, this decision may definitely haunt them in years to come, possibly even this season if Darnold is not fully ready.
All in all, the Jets erratic ways of handling quarterbacks is proven and it’s going to be difficult for them going through with just an aging quarterback and a highly appraised rookie whom should not be rushed into anything regardless of what they think he can do for them.
The Jets need patience and they better hope Darnold is exactly as good as they think he can be. Mostly because they finally got their quarterback they needed after all these years but now they are rushing him. It’s just a little unfair and it’s a desperate move for a team that is still missing a lot of pieces to be a playoff contender.