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Adam Gase is feeling the pain Sam Darnold is going through

October 26, 2020 | 6:45pm

 

Sunday’s game was Sam Darnold’s 20th loss as the Jets quarterback in 31 starts. It was another dismal day at the office for the signal-caller with two more interceptions, no touchdown passes and more questions about his future.

On his postgame Zoom meeting with reporters, Darnold sounded and looked defeated. The losing may finally be getting to him. He looked like Mark Sanchez did in 2012, when he was tired of answering questions about losing, interceptions and Tim Tebow. For Darnold, it is losing, interceptions and Trevor Lawrence.

Jets coach Adam Gase, perhaps sensing his quarterback needed a lift, talked to Darnold on Sunday night after the 18-10 loss to the Bills.

“I just keep thinking, he’s 23, none of this can be easy,” Gase said. “He’s a guy that did so much good in college and won a lot of football games and things haven’t always gone as smoothly as you know everybody always hopes when they get to the NFL, this is what makes the NFL really tough. And it’s a mental battle the majority of the time, [it’s] can you survive the test? Can you get better through the adversity that you have to go through?

“You see a lot of guys going through it right now. There’s a lot of teams with good players that have poor records, that are fighting the same battle. My thing to him was, we got to stay the course. We have to keep finding ways to get better, we have to do a really good job of being great leaders and showing guys the right way to do things, keeping our focus. I mean, him and myself, getting frustrated and angry to the point where it’s unproductive is not going to work. We have to do things right, we have to show the right way, we have to act a certain way to where we can bring guys along with us and find a way to turn the corner.”

The Jets are 0-7 and it is not hard to imagine them going 0-16. If that happens, the Jets will end up with the No. 1 pick and a chance to take Lawrence, the Clemson star. Darnold answered questions about Lawrence last week and acknowledged he’s seen the chatter on social media.

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Darnold returned from missing two games with a shoulder injury on Sunday against the Bills and played well early, completing 10 of his first 11 passes. Then, he threw a terrible interception before halftime and completed just one pass in the second half. His 31.1 passer rating was the second-worst of his career.

On Monday, Darnold said he remains optimistic about the season.

“For me, I’m always optimistic about different situations, whether they’re good or bad,” Darnold said. “Obviously, we’re not where we want to be right now, we’re 0-7, it’s not ideal. So, for us, for me especially, it’s just about coming in here and going back to work. We watched the film today, we learned from it, and it’s just about getting better every day, learning from mistakes and not making them again.”

Darnold has clearly taken a step back this season. His numbers are worse across the board. His completion percentage is down to 58.4 from 61.9. His touchdown percentage has gone from 4.3 to 1.9. His interception percentage is up from 2.9 to 3.7. Yards per attempt (5.7 down from 6.9), and yards per completion (9.7 from 11.1) are down. His yards per game has dropped from 232.6 last year to 182.4. His rating is 65.0, down from 84.3.

The numbers are ugly. Gase put much of the blame for Sunday’s performance on the lack of time Darnold had in the second half as the Bills brought a ton of pressure and the Jets’ line had no answers.

“You look statistically, we’re not good anywhere statistically,” Gase said. “What I see in practice a lot of times, I see things that were better than last year. When we get into games, we’ve just got to figure out a way to protect him, let him get in a rhythm. I saw some really good things in the first half. Then it started getting really muddy there in the second half. Those guys started creating some pocket push and the windows were closing quick. He was trying to make decisions quickly. We didn’t have success doing tha

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Put the F'cker in pads and let him run for his life 15 times a game and then he might feel the pain.

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Well, when Gase is the quality control coach for the Jags next season he can put in a word for Darnold down there.

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Basically Gase is saying Sam struggles with pressure which is what the Steelers "adjustment" was in the second half.  Sam has to learn to deal with it with screens, draws, reverse, using his legs   or changing the play at the line of scrimmage.  Completing 1 pass in the second half is unacceptable.  This is big red flag if he continues to struggle with pressure and cannot counter.  He will have no success.  

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when thinking just about him as a person, and nothing to do with the team, it is important to remember this

kids been 21, 22, & 23 ... getting the $h*t kicked out of him ... both physically and mentally

I was still doing keg-stands and thinking that the ugly girls i got to come back to my place, after nights out getting wasted, were hot

(strange transition between comments time ... no, my wife is not one of those chicks)

my wife kept telling me in that second half how bad she feels for him

thinking about it, I do to

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hope he's able to have a successful rebirth after backing up somewhere next season

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What's painful is we are going to see the same thing next week and we are going to see no adjustments from the offensive genius. 

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1 hour ago, More Cowbell said:

What's painful is we are going to see the same thing next week and we are going to see no adjustments from the offensive genius. 

The only adjustment Gase can make is changing the quarterback.  The offense limits motion to keep it simple for Darnold and keeps its TE's blocking to give more time for Darnold and all he does with it is fail to spot open receivers, dance around, and either throw a bad ball or get sacked.

Sam is a bust.  As if we didn't have enough problems already with the rest of the injured disaster Maccagnan left us.

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6 minutes ago, SAR I said:

The only adjustment Gase can make is changing the quarterback.  The offense limits motion to keep it simple for Darnold and keeps its TE's blocking to give more time for Darnold and all he does with it is fail to spot open receivers, dance around, and either throw a bad ball or get sacked.

Sam is a bust.  As if we didn't have enough problems already with the rest of the injured disaster Maccagnan left us.

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27 minutes ago, SAR I said:

The only adjustment Gase can make is changing the quarterback.  The offense limits motion to keep it simple for Darnold and keeps it simple for Darnold

Ok, I got this far. It really amazes me how little you know about football. Motion helps a QB, of doesn't make it more complicated. It makes it easier to recognize zone or man coverage. 

Why don't you stop kissing Gase's ass and read a book about fundmental football. 

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7 minutes ago, More Cowbell said:

Ok, I got this far. It really amazes me how little you know about football. Motion helps a QB, of doesn't make it more complicated. It makes it easier to recognize zone or man coverage. 

Sure, motion can help a decent quarterback.  We've got one who apparently doesn't have the mental capacity to process what it's telling him, for him its just another variable of an equation he can't solve.  People complain that Gase is running an unsophisticated offense.  The porous offensive line, the lack of WR's, and Sam's limited brain is the reason.

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I dont feel bad for people who get paid millions to play a child's game for a living.  Especially when they suck something awful. 

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As the Los Angeles Rams rolled to a 24-10 victory, Griese made some eyebrow-raising comments at the end of the game.

“We were talking to Nick Foles [Sunday], and he said, ‘You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don’t have time to execute that play call. You know, I’m the one out here getting hit. Sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn’t know how much time there is back here,’” Griese said in the fourth quarter. “So that’s something that they have to get worked out.”

https://nypost.com/2020/10/27/brian-griese-stirs-up-bears-controversy-during-monday-night-football/

 

It sounds like Nagy and Gase may have the same types of issues.

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