Sam Darnold
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Returning from Miami, Sam Darnold accepted the blame for the New York Jets’ offensive no-show in an ugly 13-6 loss to the Dolphins.

Geoff Magliocchetti

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY—If New York Jets fans are going to discuss the team’s recent offensive ineptitude, Sam Darnold believes the complaints should open with his name.

The rookie quarterback defended his unit during a Monday afternoon conference call, less than 24 hours after they put up only 275 yards and no touchdowns against a Miami Dolphins defense ranked 27th in the league. Darnold asked that any blaming fingers point at him, as he believed his Miami mistakes cost the Jets the game.

“I’m just not playing to the best of my ability,” Darnold said. “I thought I played stupid football yesterday. I just have to be better. I know that, the coaches know that, everybody knows that.”

Darnold’s four interceptions added to his league-high tally, which now stands at 14. One of the turnovers was taken to the end zone by linebacker Jerome Baker, the 25-yard return serving as the only touchdown in the 13-6 Miami victory.

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