Sam Darnold
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Sabo Radio 32 dives into Sam Darnold’s NFL quarterback ranking while breaking down New York Jets offense through the film room.

Robby Sabo

Where exactly does Sam Darnold fit into the rest of the NFL?

At the very least, the “Darnold isn’t very good” crowd took a shot over the last two weeks. What looked competent in Week 1 against Buffalo turned desperate against Cleveland and in New England.

Of course, the ill-fated offensive line didn’t help Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk, but Adam Gase’s offensive output over his first three weeks with the New York Jets organization resembles Rich Kotite production.

Sabo Radio 32 examines just where Darnold fits with the rest of the league’s gunslingers while breaking down offensive film from the New England loss.

At the very best, young Darnold can be slotted into the middle of the pack. At the very worst, he’s a guy who possesses franchise-QB tools who sits in the 20-25 ranked range.

Interestingly, many of the quarterbacks who feel (or used to feel) like franchise-QB situations (Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derek Carr, etc.) no longer do so. Due to the pass-happy ways that dominate the league that plays for pay, the numbers racked up by Baker Mayfield a year ago come with the territory. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s the right guy for the job.

Part of assessing where Darnold fits in deals with the uncoachable attributes impossible to realize from statistics.

Plus, be careful when going all-in on head coach Adam Gase. While the man deserves criticism, the film tells an entirely different story. By far, the greater issue has been the players, the execution and the hand this current coaching staff was dealt prior to the start of the 2019 NFL campaign.

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