EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Emboldened by his terrific Week six efficiency, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold entered Monday evening playing and speaking like a accurate franchise quarterback. By the second quarter of the Jets’ 33- loss to the New England Patriots, he was speaking like a beaten man.
“I am seeing ghosts,” Darnold — mic’d up by ESPN — mentioned on the sideline soon after his third turnover.
It was an early Halloween gag, presented by the man who has haunted the Jets for two decades.
Confused and rattled by Bill Belichick’s suffocating defense, Darnold set a profession higher with 5 turnovers — and that involves his college profession at USC. He threw 4 interceptions and lost a fumble as the Jets (1-five) lost their eighth straight to the Patriots (7-).
Statistically, it was one particular of the worst passing days in Jets history. Darnold completed with a three.six passer rating the worst is two.7, set by J.J. Jones in 1975 (minimum 20 attempts).
“I just gotta see the field a lot far better,” Darnold mentioned of his “seeing ghosts” remark. “That is kinda what that indicates. It was a rough day out there, rough evening out there, and of course I gotta be far better and understand from the errors. But we will get far better.”
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy seemed taken aback when informed by reporters about Darnold’s remark.
“He did? Ooh, man, that is the boogie man,” he mentioned. “It is genuine.”
Van Noy added, “That is crazy for him to say that. That tends to make it genuine, you know what I am saying? That is crazy. … I believe it is just a testament to how nicely we’re playing, to be sincere. And we played genuinely nicely tonight.”
Darnold threw an interception on his 1st pass of the game, serving as a terrible omen. He was stunningly careless with the football, frequently throwing off his back foot into tight coverage.
“Of course, when we go back and appear at this, he’s not going to be genuine content,” 1st-year Jets coach Adam Gase mentioned. “He was almost certainly feeling like guys have been coming cost-free when they may not have been.”
Gase mentioned he regarded pulling Darnold, but he let the QB finish the game with the hope Darnold would do some thing optimistic to develop on. That never ever occurred.
Two interceptions came in the red zone, 3 came in New England territory and 3 came against a blitz. Ahead of Monday evening, he had only one particular profession interception versus the blitz, according to ESPN Stats & Info study. He also was involved in a security when he failed to catch a higher shotgun snap and batted the ball out of the finish zone.
Soon after the Jets’ loss to the Patriots on Monday Evening Football, Sam Darnold clarifies that his comment about “seeing ghosts” was about him needing to make adjustments in order to see the field far better.
In only 3 begins, Darnold has 3 red zone interceptions, tied with Baker Mayfield for the league lead.
It was certainly a brutal evening for the second-year quarterback, who showed so substantially guarantee in final week’s win more than the Dallas Cowboys — his 1st game soon after missing 3 games due to a bout with mononucleosis.
“We did not remain ahead of the chains,” Darnold mentioned. “We located ourselves in as well a lot of third-and-longs, and anytime that occurs, they are gonna bring it and place their guys covering our receivers 10 yards deep. For me, I just gotta spit the ball out and get completions.”
Facing the Patriots for only the second time in his profession, Darnold completed only 11 of 32 passes for 86 yards. He connected only nine instances with his wide receivers, who could not beat New England’s man-coverage schemes. The lone vibrant spot was Le’Veon Bell, who rushed for a season-higher 70 yards.
Darnold received small assistance from his makeshift offensive line, which began two players who started the season as backups — left guard Alex Lewis and rookie left tackle Chuma Edoga, who produced his 1st profession start out at the position.
The pass protection was poor at instances, as the offensive line did not communicate nicely against the New England blitzes, resulting in unblocked rushers.
Darnold’ 1st interception occurred when ideal guard Brian Winters did not block blitzing linebacker Jamie Collins. Darnold panicked and heaved a floater that was picked off by Devin McCourty, the safety’s fifth of the season.
“Of course, that 1st choose, it wasn’t a great feeling,” Darnold mentioned. “And ideal there, that is the one particular I’d like to have back. Mainly because if I do not throw that, I really feel like it is a diverse game. It is quick to say that soon after the loss like that, but I just gotta play a lot far better, and us as an offense and collectively as a group, we will need to get far better, and we will.”
On Darnold’s fumble, the offensive line slid to left, leaving linebacker John Simon cost-free on the ideal side. The Patriots tricked the Jets by faking a “Cover Zero” blitz, then rushing only 4. The outcome was a strip sack.
The Patriots converted the fumble, deep in New York territory, into a touchdown, creating it 24- in the second quarter.
And on it went.
“I am gonna place this behind me soon after tomorrow, and I will watch the tape,” Darnold mentioned. “The outdoors noise does not bother me at all. People today are gonna say what they want. But for us as a group, we just gotta continue to function tough.”
Through the run-up to the game, Darnold expressed supreme self-confidence, saying his offense will be “unstoppable” after tight finish Chris Herndon returns from a hamstring injury. He praised the New England defense but added, “Just like any other group, they are not unbeatable. So we just go out there, obtain the weakness in the defense and retain functioning it. That is what we’re going to do on Monday evening.”
The Patriots employed that comment as motivational fuel. McCourty described the quote in his pep speak to the defense for the duration of his pregame huddle on the field.
For Gase, it was one more embarrassing loss to the Patriots. In two games this season, the Jets have been outscored 63-14. In the 1st meeting, Gase had to start out third-stringer Luke Falk, who has because been released.
This time, Gase had no excuses.
“Of course, that was brutal,” he mentioned. “We just did not do something ideal. We have been terrible in all 3 phases.”