The Jets have many decisions to make in the offseason. One was made when they fired head coach Adam Gase. However with the second overall pick, many have the Jets selecting QB Justin Fields. To throw a wrench into these plans current QB Sam Darnold told the press during an interview that he “wants to be a Jet for life”.
I said it once I got here, I want to be a Jet for life. I love the people here, I love living here. I want to turn this thing around and I believe that we can. There’s going to be a lot of work involved in that. We all know it’s a process. We’ve got great people in the organization, great people in the locker room. It’s a work in progress, but I definitely want to stay here hopefully for the rest of my career.”Sam Darnold on his future with the Jets
This season Darnold finished dead last in quarterback passer rating this season with a rating of 72.7. He threw only nine touchdowns to 11 interceptions as well as 2200 yards. However, he did this while missing several games and being benched for veteran Joe Flacco.
Adam Gase was brought to New York to help Darnold grow into a franchise quarterback for the Jets. Obviously, that did not work. However, Darnold placed most of the blame on himself and not his former head coach.
“Personally, I didn’t play consistently enough. I think that’s one thing that I can pin it on. I think that’s the one thing I’m going to stick to because it’s true, I didn’t play well enough. I didn’t play consistent enough. I had flashes. I had stretches where I was playing well. Last year, we had that 6-2 stretch where I played well and a couple of games this year, but [I] just haven’t been able to put it together for a whole season. I know I will in the future. I think that’s where I didn’t do well enough for Adam.”
Sam Darnold very much so places his team’s failure on his own shoulders. He also believes that he can be the one to carry them out of the slump they are in. Sam Darnold wants to be a Jet for life and prove himself. However, with a career 13-35 record and a second overall pick, the Jets may not give him that chance.