Another week, another struggle for New York Jets quarterback, Sam Darnold. With the 2019 NFL season just over the halfway mark, the former USC quarterback’s performance so far has been a disappointing one to say the least.
The Jets have now lost seven of their last eight games after a loss to the previously winless Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Darnold understands that his inability to perform well on a weekly basis has hurt the team’s chances of winning.
“Too much inconsistency,” he said in a postgame press conference following the Jets loss to Miami. “It starts with me. I’ve got to be better.”
Despite their inconsistencies, the Jets are not necessarily as bad as their record suggests. Rather, Darnold has been unable to finish games as strongly as he starts them.
Darnold put on a show against the Dallas Cowboys with 338 passing yards and two touchdowns for a 24-22 win during Week 5 after he missed three weeks due to mono. However in the following game against the New England Patriots, Darnold finished the blowout loss with just 86 passing yards and four interceptions, tying his career-high.
While these inconsistencies have certainly been a prevalent issue with Darnold and the Jets this season, Darnold has continuously struggled with his passing.
Since being drafted third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, Darnold has shown hardly any improvement between his rookie and sophomore seasons.
In the first five games of his rookie season, Darnold threw seven touchdowns and six interceptions. However, in his five games played this season, he has thrown fewer touchdowns and more interceptions. While his rookie stats are far from elite, the fact that Darnold’s numbers have dropped is troubling.
It is worth mentioning that New York’s struggles shouldn’t solely fall on Darnold’s shoulders. The Jets offensive line ranks second worst in the league and has allowed an absurd 37 sacks and 65 quarterback hits this season. Additionally, head coach Adam Gase, in his first year with the team, hasn’t been much help this season with his poor play calling.