“We [expletive] passed on Rosen.” The first words to come out of my mouth after the name “Sam Darnold” was uttered by the commissioner. My first thoughts revolved around what we all are scared of, picking the wrong quarterback and having the right one haunt us for years.
Since then, I’ve calmed down. We picked our quarterback of the future, my QB2, and my third overall fit for the New York Jets. I guess one can say I am content. However, in the grand scheme of things, one Jets fans’ feelings don’t matter. What does this mean for the Jets?
Welcome to the Big 🍎, Sam Darnold!
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— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 27, 2018
While we don’t actually know how soon, but Darnold’s impact will be felt. Behind Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown, it can be a while before Darnold sees the field. Part of this can be attributed to his turnover-heavy play that the Jets are certainly wary of. His mechanics are scary and his inaccuracy can be troubling at times. If Gang Green can keep him clean in the pocket, he will perform. His innate ability to create plays after they seem broken or lost will certainly be exciting to watch and scary to defend. Unlike Josh Rosen, he won’t have to face off against any elite pass rushes in his division.
From a schematic standpoint, new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates should have some fun with the USC gunslinger. Sam Darnold has the arm Bates covets and the escapability any offensive coordinator would love. Deep bombs to Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor Jr will be plentiful. A backfield of Crowell, Powell, Rawls, and McGuire would be intriguing in itself, and Darnold’s effect on their play and the playacts surrounding them will be much wider reaching. He opens up schematic opportunities and match-ups that simply don’t occur with Josh McCown under center.
In summation, the Jets took a risk trading up, and as of now it looks really good. As long as Darnold plays up to his draft slot, we will be satisfied. Unequivocally, the faint fear of passing up on someone better will always be there, but there is a lot to look forward to. It’s time to win some games in MetLife again.