“I simply maintain considering, ‘He is 23, none of this may be simple,'” Gase stated Monday, including that he spoke with Darnold on Sunday evening. “He is a man that did a lot good in school and gained a number of soccer video games. Issues have not all the time gone as easily as all people all the time hopes after they get to the NFL.”
The Jets have not gained any video games this season, as Darnold — anticipated to make an enormous bounce within the second yr beneath Gase — has proven indicators of regression. The hunch has fueled questions on Darnold’s future, with hypothesis the Jets may draft Clemson star Trevor Lawrence in the event that they land the highest choose.
In Sunday’s 18-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Darnold handed for less than 120 yards with two interceptions for a 31.1 passer ranking, the second-lowest of his profession. It was a horrible offensive efficiency by the Jets (0-7), who managed solely 4 yards within the second half — the workforce’s fewest yards in a half in 40 years.
Gase absolved Darnold of any blame, placing it squarely on the offensive line, which allowed six sacks. Gase stated “it was collapsing fast on him” and he “did not have a number of time to throw the ball.” When he did, the throws had been tight-window makes an attempt.
In 5 begins, Darnold has twice as many interceptions (six) as landing passes (three). His numbers have declined from final season in all the main statistical classes.
Gase, employed to develop Darnold, insisted his pupil is not going backward.
“Should you take a look at it statistically, we’re not good anyplace statistically,” he stated. “What I see in follow a number of instances, I see issues that had been higher than final yr. After we get to video games, we simply have to determine a option to shield him and let him get in rhythm. I noticed some actually good issues the primary half [Sunday]. Then it began getting actually muddy within the second half.”
Darnold stated he stays upbeat, though he admitted his interception on the finish of the primary half was “a horrible mistake, one thing I really really feel will not occur once more.” He referred to as it a “dumb determination,” a go into heavy protection.
He was beneath duress all through the sport, because the Payments cranked up their security blitzes within the second half. Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, calling performs for the primary time, had no solutions.
The rebuilt offensive line was imagined to be improved this season, but it surely has allowed 24 sacks.
“I feel everyone seems to be annoyed. I do not suppose it is distinctive to Sam,” guard Greg Van Roten stated. “We have to put him able to achieve success. If we, as an offensive line, are enjoying like we did [Sunday], we’re not giving him an opportunity to indicate what he can do.
“And that is not honest to him. That is not honest to the workforce.”