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https://nypost.com/2022/04/19/panthers-ben-mcadoo-walks-back-sam-darnold-starting-qb-talk/

Call him Ben McAd’oh.

On Monday, former Giants head coach and current Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said in a press conference that Sam Darnold is Carolina’s starting quarterback.

But McAdoo quickly admitted he had spoken too soon.

“One of the things I’ve been working on is being better talking to you people,” said McAdoo, who was fired by the Giants after the 2017 season. “So, announcing the starting quarterback here, I just put my foot in my mouth. That wasn’t something I should have said.”

McAdoo further walked back his comment adding that Carolina coach Matt Rhule has a say over the quarterback decision — but “the way it is in the building right now, Sam is our starting quarterback.”

McAdoo, whom the Panthers hired in the offseason, went on to say that Darnold was partly the reason why he took the job with Carolina.

“Sam was one of the people that intrigued me to the job, to be honest with you. I think Sam does have some magic in his game. I think he’s got some athleticism to him,” he said. “I’m excited to work with Sam, and we’ve been working the last few days here to kinda get up to speed on the offense. And he’s shown flashes of being a good player in this league. And working together, hopefully we can get that to show up more consistently.”

Darnold, the third overall pick by the Jets in the 2018 draft, and P.J. Walker are the only quarterbacks under contract in Carolina for 2022. But that could change sooner than later, as the Panthers have the No. 6 pick in next week’s draft.

The Panthers have had a heavy presence around the quarterback Pro Day circuit, and were in attendance for Kenny Pickett (Pittsburgh), Malik Willis (Liberty) and Matt Corral’s (Ole Miss) workouts.

Carolina has been reported as a potential landing spot for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield — who requested a trade out of Cleveland when the team pursued and later signed Deshaun Watson.

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If he hadn't reversed course this would have actually looked like a new coach just giving a vote of confidence.  Heck, McAdoo was even unknowingly putting out a little bit of a Draft smokescreen by saying Carolina has a starter.  But man, when you turn around this quick it's like putting out the, "Now Hiring: Quarterback" sign on the franchise.  He just waved a big flag that QB is absolutely under consideration for Carolina at #6 (or earlier ;) ).

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Little do we know, Darnold has been working really hard at being a nice kid, and will blossom into a wonderful QB if he doesn't get mono again. The Panters are the only ones who have caught sniff of it, and McAdoo has regretted letting the secret slip!

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Offensive gurus who’ve gotten the Darnold Axe. Macadoo better thread lightly or he will get darnold.


Morton: Fired after 1 year

Bates: Fired - sent to live in the forest

Gase: Fired - now coaching HS football

Brady: Fired - was an offensive genius until he had to work with Darnold

Macadoo: TBD

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16 hours ago, johnnysd said:

When all is said and done Sam may hold the record for the most offensive systems he has had to learn.

Add it to the excuse list!  

More accurate perspective:  Darnold is going to set a record for HCs/OCs he gets fired his first 5 years in the league. 

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2 hours ago, Joe W. Namath said:

Sam Darnold sucks, but hes a really good kid.

Why people care so much about the latter part of that statement remains a mystery to me.

Lots of winners in the NFL are total a$$holes.  Sometimes you kind of have to be a d*ck to achieve great things.  If my QB has to be a jerk to win the Jets some games, so be it.  

Darnold being “nice” is another way to call him “soft”, which he is.  No mental toughness, no ability to stay healthy, and he’s a boogie boarder rather than a surfer.  All marks against him.  

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44 minutes ago, Jetsfan80 said:

Why people care so much about the latter part of that statement remains a mystery to me.

Lots of winners in the NFL are total a$$holes.  Sometimes you kind of have to be a d*ck to achieve great things.  If my QB has to be a jerk to win the Jets some games, so be it.  

Darnold being “nice” is another way to call him “soft”, which he is.  No mental toughness, no ability to stay healthy, and he’s a boogie boarder rather than a surfer.  All marks against him.  

I am not so sure Darnold is nice to be honest. He comes across as someone that would be a bit of a twat in social situations. Sanchez seems like a good guy.

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