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Friday, July 10, 2020

Articles tagged: Sam Darnold

Adam Gase angry with ESPN over Sam Darnold’s mic’d up comments

In a 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots on “Monday Night Football”, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was caught on an open mic talking about how he was “seeing ghosts” out on the field.

The comment immediately went viral with Twitter users absolutely unloading on the sophomore gun-slinger, and members of the Patriots openly laughing at the fear they had instilled.

However, after the amusement of the moment wore off, the reality of Darnold’s embarrassing comments set in. It was a bad look for him, a bad look for head coach Adam Gase and a bad look for the Jets organization. And as a result, Gase may no longer allow his players to be mic’d up during games — especially those on prime-time.

During a Tuesday afternoon conference call with members of the New York media, Gase took aim at ESPN for exposing the vulnerability of his young quarterback

Objectively, it’s easy to understand Gase’s frustration, but there’s also a level of personal responsibility that needs to be taken into account. If you know you’re not only going to be picked up on a live mic but are carrying said mic, you have to know that whatever is said could be played live on the air.

That’s a tough lesson for a young quarterback like Darnold, but one he’ll need to learn.

As it relates to Gase’s issue with ESPN, what does he expect them to do? They caught something interesting and knew it would generate clicks, reads and viewers — that’s the entire point of putting live mics on players. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they let something like that slide.

Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy amused over Sam Darnold ‘seeing ghosts’

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Did New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold really say that?

Even New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy couldn’t believe it, but Darnold, while mic’d up during a 33-0 loss to the Patriots on Monday, admitted to “seeing ghosts” out on the field.

The comment resulted in endless mocking of Darnold on social media, and perhaps rightfully so. It also resulted in the shock of many professional players around the league who had never heard a quarterback utter such words.

Being haunted does seem fitting with Halloween just around the corner, especially since “The Boogeymen” on defense for the Patriots are genuinely beginning to scare just about everyone. Through the first seven weeks of the season, they are comparable to some of the greatest NFL defenses ever assembled.

Still… Telling your teammates and coaches you’re seeing ghosts? That’s a low point for Darnold in his young career and something that undoubtedly has Jets fans cringing.

Twitter mocks Sam Darnold over ‘seeing ghosts’ comment

Sam Darnold played a horrific game on Monday night at home against the New England Patriots and was literally spooked by the No. 1 defense in the league. The New York Jets quarterback admitted during a horrendous first half that he was “seeing ghosts.”

As the game wore on, Darnold only got worse. He was 11/30 for 86 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions, leading to plenty of ridicule. Take a look at the way those on Twitter mocked Darnold about his ghosts comment.

Do you think Darnold would have agreed to be recorded on a microphone by ESPN if he knew this would be the result? Probably not.

The jokes will persist until Darnold gives them a reason to go away. He needs to respond with some improved play.

Sam Darnold admits he is ‘seeing ghosts’ against Patriots

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Sam Darnold had a rough time facing the No. 1 defense in the NFL on Monday night and even admitted he was “seeing ghosts.”

Darnold was wearing a microphone for ESPN’s telecast of the game between the New York Jets and New England Patriots. The network showed a clip during the first half of Darnold sitting on the bench after a possession and admitting he was “seeing ghosts.”

The stats seemed to match his admission. Darnold was just 6/13 for 34 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half. He also lost a fumble.

Darnold’s Jets went into halftime down 24-0 and struggled to move the ball against the Patriots’ top defense. Maybe this brought Darnold back down to earth after he found Dallas’ defense so easy.

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

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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.

Sam Darnold to play with custom padding to protect his spleen

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Sam Darnold has finally been cleared for contact after he missed several weeks while recovering from mononucleosis, but the New York Jets quarterback will still be taking extra precaution when he suits up against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network explained Friday that Darnold has been fitted with custom shoulder pads that will provide added protection for his spleen, which is an organ that becomes enlarged when you have mono. The pads are similar to ones Cam Newton wears.

Darnold has been feeling better for quite some time, but doctors could not clear him to play until his spleen returned to its normal size. Otherwise, there would have been a risk of it rupturing during a game, and Darnold already spoke quite openly about the worst case scenario.

The fact that Darnold has been cleared means doctors are confident he is not at risk, but it can’t hurt to have added protection. After they were forced to start Luke Falk in their previous two games, the Jets are hoping Darnold can give their offense a major boost.

Sam Darnold cleared from mono, will play in Week 6

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The New York Jets will be searching for their first win of the season when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and their starting quarterback will be back under center to help them try to accomplish that.

Sam Darnold was examined by doctors on Tuesday, and he has been cleared to return after battling mononucleosis for several weeks.

Darnold had been practicing in a limited capacity and said he felt good, but he had not been cleared for contact prior to Tuesday. That was because mono results in the spleen becoming enlarged, and Darnold had to wait for his spleen to return to normal size. Otherwise, there would have been a risk of having it rupture, which can be life-threatening.

The Jets were forced to start third-string quarterback Luke Falk the past two games, as primary backup Trevor Siemian suffered a season-ending leg injury during Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. While Darnold may have to shake some rust off, he will almost certainly be an upgrade over Falk.

Darnold recently shed some light on just how dangerous it would have been for him to play before doctors cleared him, which made it seem like he could still be several weeks away. He should give the Jets a boost on offense, though they are facing a solid Cowboys team that will be hungry to get back in the win column following a tough loss to the Green Bay Packers.