Sam Darnold returned to his starting role as QB for the NY Jets last week after missing time due to mono. You know, “the kissing disease” that high schoolers get, not NFL quarterbacks.
Never the less he returned against the Dallas Cowboys, pulling off the upset that lead to new found confidence.
Darnold had some words for the Patriots
The Jets QB was in rare form on Thursday, saying “the Patriots defense wasn’t unbeatable.” Feeling good about his offense, Darnold went on to say “It’s just a matter of finding the weakness, and then attacking that weakness over and over.”
Good luck finding a weakness anywhere on this defense.
The comments aren’t anything controversial, but he’s talking about the leagues top rated defense. And we know that anything will fire this team up.
I’m sure Belichick has had the defense listen to these comments repeatedly as he is the master of motivation. The talk didn’t end there, when Darnold proclaimed the Jets offense couldn’t be stopped by any defense.
Jamie Collins and company will have something to say about that.
Monday night's game could get real ugly with guys like Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower all being game wreckers. They like to be called the Boogeymen, but it looks like Darnold isn’t buying into the hype.
More Bulletin Board Material for the Pats
Sam should’ve quit while he was ahead, but instead he doubled down. Darnold went on raving about his offense saying, “It’s really up to us how many points we score. I believe we are capable of scoring so many points, the sky‘s the limit for us.”
Really? Did his time away from the field make him forget who he’s going up against? The Patriots defense is going to be ready on each level.
The McCourty brothers along with JC Jackson, Harmon, Chung and the best corner in the game Stephon Gilmore will be locking everything down.
Having this confidence is actually a good thing for Sam Darnold, he knows you can’t play scared or be in awe of the Pariots to have any chance.
Unfortunately, that chance went out the window once Patriots players were aware of of the quarterback's statements.
Deatrich Wise may have put it best by saying, “Players should be confident. Some keep it to themselves, while others brag...sometimes to their detriment."
Monday night the entire country will be watching, and I expect the defense to dominate at every position. The Jets and their QB will have to wait for another game to display their “unstoppable offense.”
Watch for Kyle Van Noy to have his best game yet, he’s been this year's Patriots version of Rodney Harrison. Kyle doesn’t like the comparison because he’s his own player, but the way both could use any negativity to fire their teammates up is uncanny.