Once upon a time, and not long ago, the phone rang in the office of Jets General Manager Joe Douglas, and GM from another team might start a conversation that would go like this:
“Hey Joe, congratulations on the news of the gig. … Well, wondering if Sam Darnold might be free. (Nervous laugh) “
Fast forward now:
“Hey Joe, we are in the QB market, can we talk about Sam?”
“You can definitely do it! Our team is completely untouched after 2-14 seasons. We still love Sam, can’t be wrong in that. But go ahead and give me the best deal and let’s go see where it gets. ”
Sam Darnold, a Jets rescuer, past three short figures, is twisting in the wind today, resigning and lowering, waiting for Douglas to make the decision to switch the franchise in the defender̵7;s decision.
Douglas on Wednesday: “I’ll answer if I call.”
It means that Darnold is in a different boat than his fellow 2018 quarterback classmates, Bills will not answer if it was done with Josh Allen Browns, it will not answer the call if it was done in the Baker Mayfield Ravens. With Lamar Jackson Darnold was in the boat with Josh Rosen.
“Our position on Sam has not changed,” Douglas said.
Try your best, Joe
Yes it has
“He’s a very talented player, he’s very smart and strong. … We have no doubt that Sam will achieve his outstanding potential, ”Douglas said Wednesday.
That is, GM-speak, designed to increase his property value for a mate, as (wink, wink) that remarkable potential can be achieved in different uniforms.
“Obviously, we are in the process of getting as much information as possible through this free agency and draft. But our position on Sam hasn’t changed, ”Douglas said.
Again, GM-speak is designed to give poor children hope that he can revive his career with the franchise that has drafted him.
The NFL might have been a brutal business 11 months ago before the 2020 draft when Douglas said:
“When I first met Sam’s parents in the first preseason. [August 2019]I promise them I will do everything I can to take care of Sam with protection and playmaker. ”
Alas, despite making use of Mechi Beckton on the left, Sam needed more protection and despite injured defenders Denzel Mims and Brescad Perriman. But he wanted more playmakers. (And Adam Gas is less) and now he’s at:
It was suspected that Douglas would take a second overall pick with BYU’s Zach Wilson or Ohio State’s Justin Fields and reset the quarterback’s financial clock and trade Darnold.
Wondering if Douglas will enter Deshaun Watson’s sweepstakes if Texans caves and entertains his commercial needs and swaps him.
Wondering if Douglas will trade a second option and build around him with his first two rounds this year and six of the top 98 … not to mention a pair of the first round in 2022.
For Darnold, it had to feel like a nervous playing quarterback, knowing only that he would never be left without a chair. But it might not be his favorite chair.
It seems that all his life, former GM Mike Maccagnan and his crew took Darnold out to dinner in Morristown a week before the 2018 draft and let it faint as they believed the Browns would take the overall first choice with him.
It seemed all over his life when coach Todd Bowles named Darnold started his first night in Detroit and the cheerful Jets fans started “JETS, Jets, Jets, Jets! Chanting behind the Lions’ bench after the youngster shook off a sixth pick in his first NFL pass and designed a 48-17 victory, then proudly hugged his parents outside the visiting locker room.
Finally, Broadway Joe Namath’s Long-Lost Answer.
Sam the Man.
Mononucleosis won’t stop him.
Gase will be the one who whispered his quarterback.
Nobody thought he’d seen ghosts on national television with Bill Belichick.
Nobody thought he would reverse his third season. (Nine touchdowns, 11 interceptions, head-scratch decisions) and saw his career TD-INT ratio drop to 45-39 and his win-loss record down to 13-25.
Nothing offers more hope for a fan base than a young franchise defender.
Sam Darnold as the Golden Boy
He doesn’t know if he is still there or not.
Wilson’s Pro Day is March 26, Fields Pro Day is March 30, Jets will go into effect for both.
Douglas’s phone will ring, the GM will answer the call.
As well, he should
If Douglas had the same conviction as Wilson or Fields Maccagnan had for Darnold, he should draft him.
Watson will pay for the boat. But it’s worth it, and Douglas has a huge amount of funding and $ 80 million in the hotel room.
March Madness for Sam Darnold and maybe beyond.