New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has set off every alarm bell and bright red warning light in his general vicinity with his shaky start to the 2020 season.
This was supposed to be a breakthrough year for Darnold, a 23-year-old who was expected to take the next step in his second season in coach Adam Gase’s offense and his third in the NFL. Instead, Darnold’s poor play Sunday against the Colts — he threw three interceptions, including two that were returned for a touchdown — was one of the biggest reasons the Jets were non-competitive.
Suddenly, optimism has turned to worry. And Darnold, who just a few weeks ago seemed a lock to be the team's franchise quarterback for years to come, faces a murky future.
But despite the poor play, Gase didn’t think about sitting him down on Sunday and he isn’t considering making a change going forward, with the Jets set to face the Broncos on Thursday night.