New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has admitted that so far he has failed to groom quarterback Sam Darnold but he hopes that will change and the 23-year-old will start fulfilling his talent. The Jets, who selected Darnold at No.
3 in the 2018 NFL draft, hoped he would turn into a franchise quarterback and lead the franchise to a much better days and success. Unfortunately for the Jets and Darnold, that hasn't been the case so far as the Jets have had one of the worst offenses in the NFL over the last two seasons.
The Jets, who are the only winless team this season with a 0-11 record, have posted a 7-20 record over the last two seasons. "I came here to help him, help him develop his career, and we haven't been able to do that," Gase said of Darnold, per ESPN.
Darnold missed four games this season due to a shoulder injury but he returned to the lineup this past week against the Miami Dolphins. Darnold and the Jets offense in general struggled as the Dolphins claimed a 20-3 win.
"That's why every game is so important," Gase said. "Keep trying to help him grow, keep trying to help him develop and see things the way he needs to see them and play the way I've seen him play in certain games."
Gase not blaming Darnold
The Jets lost each of the seven games which Darnold started but coach Gase didn't want to blame his quarterback for the bad record. "We need to do things well around him, but at the same time, it's on me to get him to play better than what he's played," Gase said.
"I haven't done a good enough job." Darnold has orchestrated only six touchdown drives this season and he has gone four consecutive games without a drive that resulted in a touchdown. "Yeah, it's frustrating," Gase said of the touchdown drought.
"For him personally, I'm sure he's bothered by it, knowing things like that. "I look at it as we've got to do a better job as a staff. We've got to put these guys in the best position possible, and those guys have to go execute.
It's on all of us. We have to find a way to do a better job. We have to find a way to put the ball in the end zone."