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New York Jets Are Setting Up Sam Darnold for Failure

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MIKE TANIER
JULY 27, 2020

Great news, Sam Darnold! The Jets are finally your team!

That awful, awful troublemaker Jamal Adams has been banished to the Seahawks for having the temerity to push for a new contract simply because he was the best player on the roster and was due for one. Adams took with him any expectation that the Jets will even be quasi-competitive this season, or in 2021, or probably even in 2022. The Jets' only goal this year will be to accelerate Darnold's development so he's ready to be an All-Pro once the team adds multiple first-round picks over the next two years, including the two it just received in the Adams trade.

Adams was not only far and away the Jets' best player, but he was also their only real star and the focus of much of the team's media attention. All of those burdens now fall on Darnold: face of the franchise, undisputed leader, sole non-draft-related reason for hope, only person in uniform to point a finger at when things go wrong. What an exciting opportunity for personal and professional growth! 

Most of the other third-year quarterbacks are moving forward with their careers. Lamar Jackson is polishing his MVP award, Josh Allen is preparing for a playoff run, and even Baker Mayfield has an upgraded support network and some blessedly realigned expectations after the Browns' gas-leak year. But Darnold gets to spend another season under the developmental microscope for a talent-destitute team whose defense is about to take a big step backward. J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!

This is not the way competent organizations develop quarterbacks, of course. Nor is it a sensible, coherent rebuilding plan. Instead, marooning Darnold in an offense with few playmakers and ridding the defense of its one difference-maker is setting Darnold up for failure.

In isolation, the Adams trade was a big win for the Jets. They traded a "malcontent" for two first-round picks, which will help a team that had little hope of reaching the playoffs this year rebuild for the future. But trades should never be evaluated in isolation, and an honest appraisal of the Adams deal leads to some unfortunate facts.

Adams was only a "malcontent" because head coach Adam Gase, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets went out of their way to cast him as one by briefly benching him early last season, dangling him during last year's trade deadline and, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported last week, waffling on what should have been slam-dunk contract negotiations throughout the offseason.

There's a big difference between a team trading one of its best players over a contract/personality dispute and trading its only Pro Bowler under such circumstances.

The Jets should not be in long-term rebuilding mode in Darnold's third year, Gase's second year and Douglas' year 1.75 or whatever. They should be adding pieces instead of subtracting them. Trading Adams means that the Jets are about to waste a third precious year of affordable, young quarterback play, which only seems like no big deal because the Jets have wasted most of the last 52 years anyway.

By the time the second of the first-round picks they received in exchange for Adams arrives in 2022, Darnold will either be playing on his fifth-year option, earning the future equivalent of Carson Wentz-Jared Goff money, or out of town because he never lived up to expectations. By pushing their attempt to get better further into the future, the Jets made that depressing third possibility even more likely.

As I wrote after the Ravens upgraded their defense in March, the quality of a team's defense can have a significant impact on a young quarterback's development. When leading, NFL quarterbacks complete 65.8 percent of their passes, average 8.0 yards per attempt and post a quarterback rating of 114.7, per Pro Football Reference. When trailing, their numbers dip to 61.8 percent, 6.8 yards per attempt and have a 79.6 rating.

Quarterbacks, especially young ones, look better when playing with leads and punching in short drives after the defense forces a turnover. That helps them gain the confidence that allows them to develop in other areas. 

Darnold's quarterback rating last year when leading was 97.2, with 10 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 62.9 completion rate in 167 attempts. That was the Darnold we saw in convincing Jets wins last year over the Giants, Raiders and the Team With No Name. His rating when trailing was 64.1, with five touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 56.3 completion rate in 192 attempts. That was the guy who saw ghosts against the Patriots and lost to bad Jaguars and Dolphins teams that jumped out to first-half leads.

The Jets' draft and free-agent moves at least made some sense if their goal was to finally propel Darnold past the prospect stage. Breshad Perriman's arrival offsets the loss of speedy-but-inconsistent Robby Anderson. Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims are fine rookie additions, though Darnold will be the one who feels Becton's rookie lumps at left tackle. The affordable veteran offensive line reinforcements (Connor McGovern, George Fant) were a step up from the team's usual plan for improving that unit: crossing its fingers and hoping things get better somehow.

The 2020 Jets were built to grind out a few close wins against mid-tier opponents, like they did when they beat the Steelers 16-10 and the Bills 13-6 late in the season. But with the defense depleted, they'll instead be heading into shootouts with a mediocre arsenal.

What the Jets did by trading Adams was hang a big Free Beer Tomorrow sign over their bar and announce that competitive football has once again been postponed until sometime in the future. Jets fans have seen the sign before and have gotten used to looking forward to mock drafts in early October.

Gase gets a mulligan year from playoff expectations—it's funny how often he procures those—and Douglas can cast himself as a draft guru for two more offseasons. Everyone gets to dream of how much fun the Jets will be once they draft two edge-rushers, two cornerbacks, two or three more offensive linemen, another wide receiver, a tight end, a running back to replace Le'Veon Bell, and (yes) a playmaking safety with their four first-round picks over the next two years. Don't think too hard about the math not adding up.

Everyone gets to wait for the future except Darnold, that is. He must somehow prove he's a franchise quarterback for a franchise that doesn't appear all that interested in winning games right now.

And if he doesn't succeed, well, we just learned how the team deals with its most important player when things aren't working out: one of those future first-round picks could end up being used to select a quarterback.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Mogglez said:

There wasn't a single knowledgeable point in this entire waste of bandwidth.  Bravo Mr. Tanier, that's impressive.

Can someone link me to Tanier’s column where he lambasts the Vikings for trading the exponentially more impactful Stephon Diggs? 

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I'm stumped by this notion that Jamal Adams is this transcendent god of a player that dragged the helpless jets to their limited success last year. I'm sure we'll be fine without his 3 garbage time splash plays per year and that there 'leadership' he brings.

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6 minutes ago, TheClashFan said:

I must have missed the part in the article where it says that Jamal Adams is a franchise left tackle....or Pro Bowl wide receiver...

 

Winning and losing matters when you’re the QB, especially a young one. Having a strong defense matters when you’re trying to win games. 
Knowing your franchise is tanking in your third and pivotal year matters. 
 

 

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9 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

Winning and losing matters when you’re the QB, especially a young one. Having a strong defense matters when you’re trying to win games. 
Knowing your franchise is tanking in your third and pivotal year matters. 
 

 

Dude how is this tanking?  Seriously, I would you to explain this.  Also based on what I have seen, is Macdougald THAT much of a downgrade from Adams?  Are we not getting back CJ Mosely and Avery Williamson?  Do we not expect Q Williams to take a big step up this year?  Is our overall secondary not much improved over last year?   Did JD not completely revamp the OL, which is MUCH more important to Sams development than Adams ever could be?  Could we perhaps go out and get a Clowney or trade for a YN with some of the assets from the trade and bolster a position of much greater need and value?  What was our projected record this season?   I am really not getting this idea of tanking. 

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22 minutes ago, FidelioJet said:

Winning and losing matters when you’re the QB, especially a young one. Having a strong defense matters when you’re trying to win games. 
Knowing your franchise is tanking in your third and pivotal year matters. 
 

 

Trading away someone who plays one of the most unimportant positions, and has 2 picks in 3 years away for 2 firsts is not tanking. He's never intercepted a starting quarterback as a safety for goodness sake. 

We were 0-9 in games where Jamal played, but we were missing our starting QB and 7-6 with Darnold last year. Could you even recall the 2 games Jamal missed?

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26 minutes ago, Grandy said:

Trading away someone who plays one of the most unimportant positions, and has 2 picks in 3 years away for 2 firsts is not tanking. He's never intercepted a starting quarterback as a safety for goodness sake. 

We were 0-9 in games where Jamal played, but we were missing our starting QB and 7-6 with Darnold last year. Could you even recall the 2 games Jamal missed?

JD just acknowledged he’s tanking.  It’s fine, I’m just not sure why everyone here is pretending like he’s not. 

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15 hours ago, Jets723 said:

How is trading a Safety “Setting Darnold up for Failure”?  If anything we are helping Sam by getting more draft capital to help the offense 

I think from Sam's perspective, those draft picks can't block for him / catch his passes / keep the opponent's scoring down. Future draft picks don't help a current player.

If we assume that the D is not as strong minus Jamal (regardless of whether you agree with this or not) then it makes the pressure higher on the offense - and mainly Sam as a result. So while not setting him up for failure, it's fair to say it puts more on his shoulders. IF - and this is open to debate - IF the defense is not as strong minus Jamal.

The one offsetting point is that we did spend much of our off-season specifically improving the supporting cast on offense. The o-line was quite heavily invested in; the key there will be how quickly they can start to perform as a single unit, especially with limited off-season time. Our WR corps should be better, but again the chemistry may take time to develop.

So I'd argue that there is more pressure on Sam's shoulders now - BUT we have taken reasonably strong steps to help him by strengthening the offense around him. Plus - this is Sam's third year, it's not unreasonable to expect your franchise QB to step up and start to take more ownership of the team.

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14 hours ago, FidelioJet said:

Winning and losing matters when you’re the QB, especially a young one. Having a strong defense matters when you’re trying to win games. 
Knowing your franchise is tanking in your third and pivotal year matters. 
 

 

I don't know who is more out of touch, you or Tanier.  Sorry fellow Jets fan but you've been way off base for a while now.  

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14 hours ago, FidelioJet said:

Winning and losing matters when you’re the QB, especially a young one. Having a strong defense matters when you’re trying to win games. 
Knowing your franchise is tanking in your third and pivotal year matters. 
 

 

But he would have to be stupid.  Only a moron would see what Adams did and what JD did and reach a conclusion that the Jets are tanking.  And I think Sam's a pretty smart kid.  

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17 hours ago, pdxgreen said:

I use Bleacher Report because it loads Twitter feeds better than CBS Sports.

My advice is do not frequent either of them. CBS has the absolute worst of the worst in terms of content.  They are dumber than a random number generator over there.  One guy ranked Mason Rudolph as the top QB in the 2017 draft, ahead of Mayfield, Darnold, Allen and Rosen, just a week ahead of the draft.

As for B/R, it's totally hit or miss, but Tanier appears to be a contributor mainly just to B/R which makes him nothing more than an armchair analyst.  There can be good content there but take it for what its worth.  I'm not sure there is any good source of reliable writing, but I would probably lean towards nfl.com writers for lack of anything better unless someone knows of something I'm missing.

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3 hours ago, LIJetsFan said:

I don't know who is more out of touch, you or Tanier.  Sorry fellow Jets fan but you've been way off base for a while now.  

So, you think Sam is happy that we’re tanking?

Maybe I’m wrong but I can’t imagine he would be.  I would think would rather we made an attempt at winning.

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