Sam Darnold New York Jets
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New York Jets quarterback called the team’s Monday night defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots a “rough night.”

Nothing went particularly well for the New York Jets on Monday night in their defeat to the New England Patriots. They were shut out, quarterback Sam Darnold was held under 100 yards and had five turnovers, and ESPN decided to controversially air a comment from Darnold that he was “seeing ghosts.”

While it was a bad game for Darnold, he isn’t shying away from it. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, he told reporters that it was a “rough night” and that he knows he needs to be better.

“I just got to see the field better. It was a rough night. I definitely think I was pressing too hard, trying to get a 24-point score in one play. I just got to take it one play at a time and continue to play the game the way it’s meant to be played.”

It was a brutal night for Darnold and the Jets, but there’s no reason to panic about Darnold yet. He’s only a week removed from showing just how good he can be, and he’s just another in a long list of young (and old) quarterbacks that Bill Belichick has flummoxed over the years.

Additionally, the rest of the team wasn’t great. You don’t lost a game 33-0 without issues beyond just the quarterback, and there were still major issues with pass protection.

There were numerous times that Darnold was dealing with a free rusher, which was one of the main reasons he was so jumpy and nervous in the pocket. Head coach Adam Gase acknowledged that it was a bad all-around effort.

“Obviously, that was brutal. We didn’t do anything right. All three phases were bad. Just a bad performance. You can’t play like that against these guys or it will look like that. It’s just not good. We got a lot of work to do.”

The Jets will need to shower this one off quickly, as they have a short week before their Sunday afternoon date with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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