Once the talk of the Jets tanking to land the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft began, so did the talk of building around Darnold. Excuses galore came and were often rebutted.
Yes, Darnold has played behind a terrible offensive line. However, the line has improved this season, and he’s still “seeing ghosts.”
The biggest excuse for some contingent of fans is that he didn’t have his full complement of receivers. Well, that excuse goes out the window after the loss to the Dolphins. Darnold looked tentative all game. He hesitated to take shots downfield, and there were times where he should’ve. He also had two terrible interceptions.
In the end, the excuses are over. There should be six games left in Sam Darnold’s time in the Green & White.
It’s unfortunate for Darnold, because it’s not all his fault. There’s plenty of blame to go around, including to Darnold. There have been plenty of times — including against Miami — where he just flat out missed open receivers. He has also had reckless turnovers.
The time for the Jets to move on will be in the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s time to hope for the Jets to land the No. 1 pick and get Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence.
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