New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold speaks on the live airing of his “seeing ghosts” comment in the midst of Monday night’s loss.
The New York Jets have fallen to 1-5 on the season after finding themselves on the losing end of a Monday Night Football blowout. The visiting New England Patriots entered MetLife Stadium and torched Gang Green for 60 minutes, leading to a 33-0 victory.
New York quarterback Sam Darnold performed arguably worse than anyone, completing 11 of his 32 throws for 86 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions. Having been mic’d up during the game by ESPN, Darnold was caught at one point claiming to see “ghosts.”
It’s become a notable story, as the second-year pro responded to the live airing of the quote on Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show.
Darnold addressed "seeing ghosts" fallout during spot on @TMKSESPN: "“I’m not embarrassed by it. It is what it is. Worse things have happened to me. But at the same time, yeah, it’s just a bummer that it was live. It’s a lot more common a phrase than it’s being made out to be.”
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) October 22, 2019
We don’t know how common a phrase it is in the NFL. However, what we do know is that whatever Darnold was seeing didn’t help the Jets win the ballgame.
The loss comes at a bad time as well. New York had just gained great momentum in Week 6 with a 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys. It was Darnold’s first game back from mononucleosis, where he went 23-for-32 for 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Now, the Jets will head into their Week 8 road matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. At 1-5, they’re sitting in third place in the AFC East.
Only the Miami Dolphins (0-6) are keeping the Jets from finding themselves in the basement of the division.