‘Makes Sense’- Former NFL Man Understands Jets’ Decision to Move on from Sam Darnold

Published 03/27/2021, 8:35 PM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


Sam Darnold arrived in New York as the long-awaited messiah to guide the franchise back into the NFL Playoff conversation. But 3 years later, after making his league debut in 2017, the Darnold experiment has been a failure for the Joe Douglas-led New York Jets.

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Only 23, the former USC player has thrown for 8,097 passing yards with 45 passing TDs and 39 interceptions in 38 starts. The Jets’ overall poor display in 2020 saw Head Coach Adam Gase lose his job.

GM Douglas moved quickly to recruit San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator, Robert Saleh, as their new boss ahead of the 2021 NFL season.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, left, talks with quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The New York Jets currently own the 2nd overall pick at the 2021 NFL Draft. The latest reports indicate that it will be BYU prospect Zach Wilson, who will be the man to replace Darnold in the Big Apple. But is that the right decision for the organization?

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Sam Darnold edging towards an early exit from New York?

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Chris Canty featured on the latest segment of ProFootballTalk hosted by Mike Florio.

Here’s what he had to say about the situation the Jets find themselves in after the San Francisco 49ers traded up to number three in the upcoming draft.

He said, “That was the biggest surprise for me, Mike, that the 49ers didn’t have any communication between the Jets. It kinda felt like the Jets have tipped their hat to the rest of the league that they’re going to take a quarterback and it makes all the sense in the world because you have a lot of questions about Sam Darnold through three seasons.

Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“If you look at the landscape of the AFC East, it seems like a couple of years before the Jets are going to have the opportunity to compete so it makes sense to go a different direction at quarterback and it just feels like everybody around the National Football League already knows it,” Canty said on the show.

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Exciting young QB prospect Zach Wilson had a record-setting year with the BYU Cougars in 2020. He threw for 3,692 with 33 passing TDs against just 3 interceptions in 12 starts.

He has more or less moved ahead of Ohio State star Justin Fields, who is now expected to go and join coach Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.

This could be a crucial season for the Jets, who are banking on long-term success with whoever they bring in this summer.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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