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#pounditSaturday, October 16, 2021

Sam Darnold seemed to find the Cowboys’ defensive scheme quite predictable

Sam Darnold

The previously winless New York Jets jumped out to a big lead against the Dallas Cowboys in Sunday’s game and never looked back in grabbing their first victory of the season, and it sounds like quarterback Sam Darnold wasn’t exactly shocked.

Speaking after the game, Darnold fairly accurately described the Cowboys’ defensive scheme, adding that “they do it every single week.”

“They just kind of did what they do,” Darnold said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “They do it every single week. They just play one-high (safety), occasionally two-high, and they like to stop the run. I knew that I had to throw the ball today to have success, and we did that.”

Obviously, the Cowboys aren’t going to throw wild looks at opponents just for the sake of it, but it’s not exactly a great sign that Darnold seemed to know exactly what he’d face and got it. Detractors will suggest that this is evidence that coach Jason Garrett’s systems on both sides of the ball are too easy to plan and prepare for. One former player certainly thinks that, though it’s admittedly a player with an ax to grind.

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