New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold believes Adam Gase’s new offense will allow him and his teammates to be aggressive.
While towing the usual football-speak line, Darnold threw in the word “aggressive” while discussing Adam Gase’s new offense.
“First of all, we’re gonna be really aggressive,” via Olivia Landis of the Jets official website. “But we’re gonna do in the timing of everything that’s going on. Sometimes, during a game, the best thing to do is to run the ball. 3rd-and-long, if they’re not gonna load the box, if there’s just gonna be four or five guys in the box, then we’ll probably try to run it and get a big gain that way. But we’re definitely gonna try to push the ball, potentially see some tempo here and there, so it’ll be super fun. And we’ve got a lot of weapons to be able to utilize, which is gonna be a really fun part, as well.”
The “aggressive” label is a curious tag considering the conservatism of Gase’s offense. Calling plays for the Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill always boasted a tremendous completion percentage with very little else to write home about. The three-step concepts Gase dials up are already legendary within the NFL community.
Darnold, 22, currently has the weight of an entire organization on his shoulders. Thanks to the nature of the position and avenue the league took over the last couple of decades (in favoring high-scoring offenses by way of the rules), an entire fan base is looking at No. 14 as a savior.
In 2018, the young USC product threw for 2,865 yards and 17 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in 13 games played. Throwing behind a terrible offensive line, for the most part, held the kid back during his rookie campaign.
At the very least, this time around, he’ll feel more comfortable heading into a sophomore season.
“I think for me, not coming in here as the new guy, I was just really comfortable. The minute I stepped in, not really having to worry about building relationships. That’s definitely a part of it with some of the new guys we have, but for me, I think it was more just learning the offense, really going through that process a lot more, and really just grinding on that, and not so much head-spinning in terms of getting to know people. To be just super comfortable and know all the guys already, now I’m just focused on learning the offense.”
It all gets going for Sam Darnold and the New York Jets in a matter of weeks, late July, at training camp.