New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold saw ghosts in Week 7. Here’s why the team has to prevent those ghosts from haunting his future.
History often tends to repeat itself.
So many ghosts have haunted players throughout their careers for different reasons.
One prime example would be David Carr eating 76 sacks his rookie year for the expansion franchise Houston Texans and thus creating an illusion of ghosts that would haunt him forever which affected his psyche and never allowed him to fulfill his own potential.
The New York Jets No. 1 task after the Monday night massacre, is making sure that history doesn’t repeat itself with their most prized possession quarterback Sam Darnold.
While he wasn’t nearly as battered as Carr was, Darnold only took one sack on the stat sheet vs the New England Patriots, it was the worst game of his collegiate or professional career.
Sam coughed up five turnovers, completed 34 percent of his passes, and finished with a 3.6 total quarterback rating.
A game like that could affect a young impressionable developing Darnold. Adam Gase mentioned that during his post-game press conference on Monday night:
“When Sam (Darnold) looks back at this tape he isn’t going to be happy. It’s tough if you don’t pick up some of their stuff (New England) early, you’re in for a long day. That thought of this game could have a lasting impact always creeps into your head, especially when you have a young quarterback.”
Sam Darnold played against the No. 1 defense in the NFL in most major categories and struggled, so has everyone else in the league.
Remember this is only Darnold’s second career start vs the Patriots and he’s in the midst of his second season. New England is very good against young quarterbacks historically.
Was Darnold terrible? Absolutely. Can he bounce back from this? Of course, he can.
As Le’Veon Bell said after the game, you can only go up from here. The New York Jets face a much easier task the rest of the way (the easiest schedule remaining in the NFL).
The New York Jets need to take what it salvable from the film then burn the rest. It’s time to get ready for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.