Sam Darnold was feeling confident after leading his team to their second win of the season.
The New York Jets quarterback threw for 230 yards and collected two scores (one passing touchdown and one rushing) in Sunday’s 34-27 victory over the New York Giants. After the game, Darnold said that the team still had a shot at the playoffs if they win out, per Brian Costello of the New York Post.
Of course, the Jets are still 2-7, even with the win, and have looked like one of the worst teams in the league all year, making this a pretty absurd statement. But they do have a fairly easy remaining schedule (facing three teams that are actually lousier than they are in Washington, Miami, and Cincinnati), so you can’t blame Darnold for keeping the faith.
At least this isn’t the worst thing that the 22-year-old has said this season.
The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins appeared to be battling on Sunday for the right to call themselves the worst team in the NFL, and the Jets may have captured the “crown” on one single play late in the second half.
Trailing 24-15 and trying to somehow get back in the game, the Jets gave up a safety on a miscommunication between Sam Darnold and center Jonotthan Harrison. Harrison snapped the ball before Darnold was ready, and it went right out the back out the end zone.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) November 3, 2019
Miami took a 26-15 lead on the play and went on to pick up their first win of the season.
While that wasn’t quite the most embarrassing play in Jets history, it definitely sums up how disappointing New York has been this season.
ESPN has faced a lot of criticism for airing a personal moment from the New York Jets’ Week 7 game against the New England Patriots, and it appears there could be some consequences for the network.
Sam Darnold wore a microphone for ESPN during his team’s 33-0 loss to New England, and he admitted at one point that he was “seeing ghosts” on the field. The Jets quarterback has been mocked relentlessly over the comment, including during last week’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After ESPN decided to air Darnold’s remark, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was among those who said he is not a fan of players and coaches wearing microphones during games and that “there’s things that get said that should be internal.” With the Giants facing the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football this week, Shurmur said he will not wear a mic if ESPN asks him to. He is hoping his players will decline as well.
Pat Shurmur says he will not wear a mic Monday night and he would prefer his players follow his lead. ESPN MNF has not asked Giants yet.
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 31, 2019
Networks typically do a good job of capturing moments that show fans a perspective that they do not get during the broadcast of a game, but there are responsibilities that come along with that. The mic’ed up moments we see every week on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” and other programs are cleared through teams first, and several members of the Jets ripped ESPN for embarrassing Darnold. If other coaches and players follow Shurmur’s lead, that will hurt ESPN’s production on some level.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is playing hurt, and it appears he will be for the rest of 2019.
Darnold is dealing with a sprained left thumb, which the quarterback said was an issue of pain tolerance. Coach Adam Gase admitted that the thumb was likely to bother him for the remainder of the season.
Jets QB Sam Darnold called his sprained left thumb a "pain-tolerance thing … I should be fine." Coach Adam Gase said the injury will bother Darnold for the remainder of the season, but "it looks like he's going to play through it." https://t.co/C6kGqXgiku
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 28, 2019
Darnold suffered the thumb sprain Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He threw two touchdowns and three interceptions in that defeat, and the thumb injury rounded off a thoroughly miserable day for him. It remains to be seen how much the thumb injury impacts his play going forward.
We are more or less at the halfway point of the NFL season, meaning the most meaningful games are right around the corner. That makes this week’s action all the more intriguing. Add in the fact that the trade deadline is looming, and there’s a lot of incentive for teams to show their best selves this week to enable front offices to select the best course of action.
So who stood out and who fell short? Here are ten big disappointments from NFL Week 8.
The Bills faced very real questions about how legitimate they were as a 5-1 team. They failed to answer those questions on Sunday with a very poor performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, who had a lot to prove themselves. The Bills were gashed on the ground, giving up 218 rushing yards, while the offense barely surpassed 250 yards. The Bills have had a lot of success leaning on their pass defense and doing enough on offense, but when Philadelphia ran so successfully, that gameplan was blown up. It’s not easy to replicate, but the Bills definitely look more vulnerable now than they did before.
Absolutely dreadful in every aspect. It was no secret that the Panthers would be in for a tough day against San Francisco’s defense, and that played out. Kyle Allen threw for only 158 yards and was picked off three times, while Christian McCaffrey was basically the only player who could do anything on offense. Defensively, it was even more embarrassing. The 49ers aren’t really known for being a dominant offense, but they put up 388 total yards and 51 points on the helpless Panthers. This was bad all around.
The New York Jets probably made a mistake in making such a big deal out of Sam Darnold’s “seeing ghosts” comments, because he’s now being constantly trolled over them.
Jets coach Adam Gase was furious that ESPN broadcast a mic’d up Darnold’s comments, which only further amplified the young quarterback’s viral remarks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took full advantage, and after Darnold struggled in a loss, the stadium PA started trolling.
They're playing "Ghost Busters" song in the stadium. That's cold. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 27, 2019
Darnold was sacked eight times and threw three interceptions against the Jaguars. It’s fair to say that the problems that he had against the Patriots carried over, and the young quarterback looks rattled right now.
The music wasn’t the only reminder Darnold got about his comments in Jacksonville. This one may be haunting him for a while — no pun intended.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold made an unfortunate remark on the sideline while he was wearing a microphone during Monday night’s blowout loss to the New England Patriots, and fans are not going to let him live it down anytime soon.
Prior to New York’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, a banner flew over TIAA Bank Field that read “Gardner Minshew ain’t afraid of no ghost! #Duuuval.”
Airplane banner over Jacksonville trolling Jets QB Sam Darnold this morning pic.twitter.com/KmraIeVB0O
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 27, 2019
Darnold had a miserable game against New England’s dominant defense. He completed just 11-of-32 passes and had four interceptions and a lost fumble in the 33-0 loss, and a clip aired by ESPN showed him admitting he was “seeing ghosts.” Some of Darnold’s teammates have expressed anger over ESPN and the NFL allowing the comment to air, but that doesn’t help the quarterback now.
Darnold probably didn’t need any added motivation coming off his horrific performance, but that banner might provide some.