The New York Jets will start Sam Darnold on Sunday. Here’s why he finally will provide some hope for gang green fans in 2019.
What a crazy roller coaster ride it has been for the New York Jets. Through five weeks of play (and a bye week), the Jets are 0-4 on the season.
Although heading into the season, there were high expectations for a team with a brand new head coach, the most money spent in free agency, and some new additions through the 2019 NFL Draft.
It’s something New York Jets fans haven’t really had much of through the majority of the 21st century.
Although when the green and white drafted Sam Darnold with the third overall pick out of USC it permeated throughout the organization. It eventually spread to the fans once they saw him play for the green and white.
Here’s the thing, when you have a quarterback you have hope that you can win any football game.
For example, a typical exercise for NFL fans is to immediately take a look when the NFL schedule is released and judge how many wins or losses you’ll end up with.
When you’re a Jets fan and you have uncertainty at quarterback, you have little to no hope you can pull off close games or beat good opponents.
As opposed to a Green Bay Packers fan with Aaron Rodgers or a Seattle Seahawks fan with Russell Wilson, in any of those games you always have a chance with an elite quarterback.
When you have Luke Falk at quarterback, you have zero chance.
He’s been fired from his job multiple times (including the Jets) and was called off the couch to save the Jets and as expected failed.
When Falk has started games for the Jets in 2019, fans almost accepted the loss before it was even official.
With Darnold back under center, there’s hope.
Sam Darnold making throws ? pic.twitter.com/EWllydX9vf
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) October 2, 2019
“It’s about getting this stuff right and we’re going to get it right. It’s just a matter of time. We’re going to go on a little run here. It’s going to be fun, but it’s going to take a lot of work. I know a lot of the guys on the team are willing to put in that work.” – Darnold via NewYorkJets.com.
When Sam speaks, people listen.
New York Jets fans truly believe they can go on a run with Darnold under center, despite the issues that plague the team.
Will Sam solve all the issues? No, but he’ll mask a lot of them.
Physically his talent, ability to improvise, and his knowledge of the offense is far superior to Falk.
Emotionally it’s night and day to Luke. When Falk is in the game, the rest of the team knows that the chances are slim to do anything, even if they don’t admit it. With Darnold, the team has a legitimate chance to go on a run and Jets fans can feel it.
The first challenge is daunting with the Dallas Cowboys coming into MetLife followed by a Monday Night Football game vs the undefeated New England Patriots.