The New York Jets were ghosted on Monday Night Football, no not by the New England Patriots, but by ESPN and NFL Films. Here are all the details.
The New York Jets have had quite an infamous history. Whether that be a butt fumble, embarrassing injuries, and now the latest viral sensation: ghosts.
In Week 7 the New York Jets welcomed the New England Patriots to MetLife Stadium for a primetime clash.
During the Monday Night Football broadcast, ESPN would occasionally go down on the field to play some clips from a mic’d up Sam Darnold.
One slice of audio made it to the air that has irked Adam Gase and the entire New York Jets organization as a whole:
“I’m seeing ghosts.”
That was what Sam Darnold uttered during the brutal 33-0 slaying by the Patriots.
Darnold went 11-of-32 for 86 yards, four interceptions (five turnovers including a fumble) and finished with a 3.6 quarterback rating.
Throughout the game, the Patriots just rushed Sam into some poor decisions. While technically per ESPN stats New England only registered one sack, he was pressured far more than the box score would indicate.
On Monday Adam Gase spoke to the media via the conference call and shared his thoughts on the comment being aired:
“We’ll be looking into that one pretty hard. It was really disappointing to hear about that after the game, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. A comment like that was allowed to be aired? That bothers me and it bothers this organization. Obviously we’re going to look into our cooperation moving forward.”
So how does it all work?
NFL Films has a rep who is on-site that decides what airs and what doesn’t air during a game. So it’s blind faith by the NFL teams that choose to cooperate with this that the films crew won’t air anything they don’t like. The New York Jets trusted them and didn’t okay Darnold’s remark for air.
Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, “people high on NFL Films totem pole aren’t happy that this comment was cleared for air.”
Originally Darnold was supposed to be mic’d up for the Week 2 Monday Night Football game vs Cleveland, but he got mono so obviously he didn’t participate in that.
ESPN apparently “doesn’t have any control over what gets aired and what doesn’t”, per Mehta, that’s up to the on-site NFL Films rep to decide. BUT NFL Films rep clears it, then ESPN decides on whether or not they’ll use it.
So long story short the Jets were ‘ghosted’ by both ESPN, NFL Films because they were left out in the wind and didn’t get a chance to approve it or not for air, which obviously they wouldn’t have allowed it.
Here’s the thing, people are overblowing this comment. Anyone who has played football before knows what Darnold was saying. When you get rattled by a defense you start thinking blitzes are coming when they aren’t or vice-versa and it forces you to get rid of the ball when you don’t have to or the other way around. That’s it, nothing more to it.