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Jets should sit Sam Darnold for rest of 2018

By Luis Tirado Jr.
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets reacts against he Miami Dolphins in the first quarter of their game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets reacts against he Miami Dolphins in the first quarter of their game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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As rookie quarterback Sam Darnold continues dealing with a foot injury, it’s best the New York Jets sit him for the rest of the regular season.

At 3-7 coming off their bye week, it’s hard to imagine the New York Jets being a playoff-contending team this season. They just got embarrassed 41-10 in Week 10 thanks to the Buffalo Bills and went into the bye week with a lot of questions but no answers.

Head coach Todd Bowles revealed that quarterback Sam Darnold is still dealing with an ankle injury and didn’t practice at the start of this week. He’s listed as day-to-day and week-to-week by Bowles as it’s unclear if he’ll suit up on Sunday for a home game against the New England Patriots.

The truth of the matter is, should the Jets risk further injury to Darnold by putting him back under center behind one of the worst offensive lines in football? Not only is there nothing to play for, but this will go down as another losing season by the Jets.

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In the grand scheme of things, it’s best to sit Darnold and have him spend the final six games of the season learning from the sideline. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown is more than capable of starting for the Jets and should be able to do his best to finish the season from here on out.

It’s not worth having Darnold continue to play and have him continue to run for his life or rush his passes due to the severe lack of talent around him. The Jets offense is an absolute joke and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will still be calling plays.

One can only imagine how frustrating things were for Darnold when he was starting as it’s best to shut him down now to avoid further damaging his confidence and well, his ankle. He’s already gotten a taste of being a starting quarterback as once the season is finally over, the next phase should be focused on giving him better coaching, development, and talent for the future.

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