I've been traveling and out of action, so excuse me if this has been discussed already. But I just rewatched every Sam Darnold completion from week 1 to see if it was as bad as I remember, from a schematic standpoint, and my god, I can't believe this is what "offensive genius" Adam Gase has drawn up for today's NFL. A breakdown of Sam's 28 completions:
Behind the line of scrimmage: 8
Within 0-5 yards of the line of scrimmage: 16
Between 5-10 yards of the line of scrimmage: 2
Longer than 10 yards: 2 (let the record show, the two longest completions were throw that traveled 11 yards past the line of scrimmage).
I know the protection sucks and all that, but how about drawing up some rollouts or getting Sam on the move to buy receivers time to get downfield? Jeremy Bates looks like Bill Walsh when comparing his offense to Gase's, and Jeremy Bates is a granola eating loser who is rightfully out of the NFL.
I know it's early, but I have exactly zero faith in Gase and I've seen no evidence that he's an offensive guru who will get the best out of Darnold. I don't care that he's playing with backup QBs. His week one game plan blew donkey balls, and the tape below proves that.