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Todd Bowles and his New York Jets continue to place young Sam Darnold in terrible situations during his rookie NFL season.

Robby Sabo

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY—Don’t allow the fact Sam Darnold played “weaponless” on Sunday distract you from the greater issue at hand. No Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson seemingly allowed everybody involved in the New York Jets porous offensive attack in Chicago off the hook.

That simply cannot happen. While, agreed, patience is wonderful from a long-term point of view, the way this organization is handling this young quarterback thus far needs no “patience is a virtue” pep-talk to come to a roaring, frightening conclusion.

New York is placing the youngster in bad situations that can very well be avoided.

The reason for this specific handicap is two-fold:

  1. The team doesn’t yet trust Sam Darnold.
  2. The team deploys an old-school, outdated conservative gameplan.

In Chicago, Darnold threw the ball just 29 times. The team rushed the football 24 times. In a game that saw the Jets trail for most of the afternoon, there’s no chance in the world those two numbers should be close. In fact, when throwing the team’s disgusting 2.4 yards per carry mark on the ground into the mix, the word “grave injustice” comes to mind.

Having your franchise QB throw just 29 times while trailing in today’s easy chunk-gaining NFL is a travesty. This is especially the case when 57 yards are gained on 24 carries. It’s a wasteful scenario that pins everything on the defense.

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