Sam Darnold returned from a shoulder injury on Sunday, and finally had his full complement of 2020 receivers healthy and on the field for the game against the Miami Dolphins.
The result? He went 16-of-27 for 197 yards and two picks, and Miami won handily, 20-3.
And, to Brian Costello, that should be the punctuation mark on this sentence: Darnold is playing out the string as the Jets’ starting QB.
“There is no progress, and that’s the problem. I saw the same Sam Darnold I’ve seen the whole time,” Costello told Moose and Maggie on Monday. “There are a few games here or there where he’s been better or worse, but yesterday is pretty much what you get from Sam Darnold. He makes bad plays, and throws interceptions guys shouldn’t throw in their third start, let alone their 33rd.”
Darnold has thrown eight picks this season against just three touchdown passes, all of which came in September in losses to the Bills, 49ers, and Colts. He has 1,242 yards in his seven games, missing four games this season (so far) after three in each of his first two – and, to even reach his previous career-lows, he would need to average 325 yards per game (his season high is 230), and have a three-to-one TD to INT ratio or better, with at least three TD per game.
If he was Patrick Mahomes, maybe, but not happening in East Rutherford, says Costello.
“There are 100 reasons people give why Darnold is regressing – they might be reasons or excuses depending on your view – but it’s not working, and the idea Darnold can change how people think of him over these last five games is silly,” Costello said. “We know what Sam Darnold is, and you have to accept it. Yes, maybe he’d be a lot better if he had the Kansas City offense around him, but he’s not going to be the guy everyone thought he would be coming out of USC, that much is clear.”
Of course, earlier in the hour, Marc Malusis had a lot to say about the subject as well – you can listen to Moose’s rant in the Tweet below, and then listen to Costello’s entire segment on-demand below!