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New York Post column – “Jets must see can’t-miss QB at No. 2 to move on from Sam Darnold.”

I respectfully disagree.

They have three years of evidence on Darnold, and it’s pretty clear who he is at this point. He’s a tough kid, with a lot of moxie, who is good at creating extra time with his feet, but doesn’t go through his progressions well, and too often gets fixated on his first read.

It is what it is. After three years in the league, he’s not all of a sudden going to become Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers in terms of field vision.

“I think Sam Darnold going somewhere else, and starting fresh, is probably the best thing for him,” said CBS’ Jay Feely during the Jets-Seahawks game.


The Jets need to pick a QB in the draft, and perhaps bring back Joe Flacco as a bridge QB until the kid is ready. Also, maybe, they could look into a trade for Carson Wentz, but only if the trade price is right – do not overpay! Douglas knows Wentz really. They were together in Philadelphia from 2016-19.

But it would be best for Darnold, and the Jets, to go their separate ways. Hey, maybe Darnold could be included in a trade for Wentz, if Douglas is interested in trading for Wentz (I have no idea if he is. I’m just throwing it out there). Mike White should also be in the mix for the Jets at QB. He looked good last summer.

“My sense is you will see a new head coach and quarterback in New York next year,” said CBS’ Rich Gannon recently . . .

The Jets practiced inside today. I don’t want to be a parrot on this one. You know how I feel. They are playing outside in New England on Sunday. I would practice outside . . .

While some people are going crazy praising the Jets’ defense for the last two weeks, the team’s personnel decision-makers need to ignore the press clippings because they have major work to do on that side of the ball.

The Rams’ Jared Goff is a system QB, and Jets stopping the run (which they are pretty good at), really hurt his ability to sell the play-action and bootlegs he needs to be successful. When he’s forced to be a pocket passer, he’s skittish. And also, the Jets took advantage of a backup left tackle, who is more of a guard, and undersized, short-armed center. Similar to what happened a week later, when they took advantage of a backup left tackle and guard against the Browns. The Jets’ defensive front needs to show they can beat top-shelf offensive linemen, not just backups.

And let’s not forget the Browns were without their top four receivers.

Look, the Jets’ defense deserves some credit for the last two weeks, and also for always playing hard, but Joe Douglas has a lot of work to do on this unit in the off-season.

They need a game-wrecking edge-rusher and a #1, shutdown corner (Bryce Hall is more of a #2). They also need an inside linebacker with great range, because their linebacker play against the pass this year has been substandard too often. They will likely re-sign Marcus Maye, but they might need to find safety to team with him, unless they think Ashtyn Davis is better than he showed this year before getting hurt. Davis might be a backup safety/core special team’s player.

January 1, 2021

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
Publisher of Jets Confidential Magazine. Call 1-800-932-4557 (M-F, 12-4) to subscribe. Co-host of Press Coverage every Saturday on SiriusXM NFL Radio from 11-2.

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