MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Sam Darnold is not taking any second-year leap. He has tripped instead.
“My confidence is never gonna waver,” Darnold said after the Jets’ humiliating 26-18 loss to the previously winless Fish Tankers, otherwise known as the Dolphins. “I’m very, very confident in myself and in this team.
“I mean, we show flashes of going down there and scoring. We just gotta do it every single drive.”
Well, that only seems to happen on the game’s first drive, as it did on an 11-play 75-yard drive that lasted the first 5:23 of the game.
“After that, too much inconsistency. It starts with me. I gotta be better,” Darnold said.
His interception at the Miami 1 on a sprintout left was a killer.
“Once I saw everything was crowded, I just tried to throw it away, and it didn’t work out,” Darnold said.
Neither did a snap from center Jonotthan Harrison that sailed over his right shoulder before Darnold expected it and went for a safety.
“It was just a miscommunication,” Darnold said.
Guard Brian Winters was seen shouting at him on the sideline.
“That stays between us,” Darnold said.
Darnold blamed himself for a 2-yard TD pass to TE Ryan Griffin that was overturned.
“A better ball it would have been a for-sure touchdown,” Darnold said.
What a season. First mono. Now this.
“It’s not fun,” Darnold said.
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