Sam Darnold Todd Bowles
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles provides a priceless reaction to what he saw from rookie Sam Darnold on Friday during rookie minicamp.

Meet New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, a man of very few faces. A man of very few emotions. A man who’d remain tight-lipped and serious during a comedy club routine if his job depended on it.

Now meet the new Todd Bowles, the very same stoic character who’s now been gifted with a legit, young face of the franchise who plays the all-important quarterback position.

In response to the question regarding how Sam Darnold looked in his first official practice with the organization, Bowles’ response was loud yet not extremely clear.

“He was great. I want him to play right now!”

Folks, that’s an average performance coming from a terrible actor in Bowles.

What is apparent is that the sarcasm is dripping wet. He hears the rumblings surrounding young Darnold. When will he play? Will he start Week 1? Will he even have a chance to play?

Therefore, Bowles comes in with the “I want to play him right now!” answer while slamming his hand on the press-conference podium.

Regardless, this kid is good. It’s obvious he’s far and away the best talent the Jets have secured at the position in decades and heads and shoulders better than anyone else at the spot—including Josh McCown.

Day 1 of New York Jets rookie minicamp is officially in the books with Todd Bowles going nuts, a brand new team motto, Sam Darnold speaking confidently and Nathan Shepherd breaking it down to wrap it up.

It’s time for Jets football again.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]