Boomer And Gio: Sam Darnold Can Learn A Trick Or Two From Kyler Murray


Sam Darnold can learn some valuable lessons from watching Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti said on Friday's show.

Murray, the top pick in this year's draft, was impressive Thursday night, albeit in a losing effort against the 49ers, completing 17 of 24 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Meanwhile, Darnold has tossed seven interceptions the past two weeks. He will try to lead the Jets to just their second win of the season Sunday against the 0-7 Dolphins.

"For Sam Darnold, this is a huge game in a sense of putting the previous eight quarters behind him," Esiason said. "And doing, like, what Kyler Murray was doing last night. Watching that kid play at his size and at his age and going up against one of the best defenses in football and taking a beating for sure but also playing really, really well and just throwing so many great passes. And he was on the money last night, out of the shotgun and looking great.

"For Sam Darnold, he's got to have a performance like that. Good thing about Kyler is he's not turning the ball over."

Not only does Darnold need to cut down on the interceptions, he must make quicker decisions, Giannotti said.

"If you watch Kyler Murray last night -- and I'm going to use Tom Brady here, as well, as a comparison -- if you watch Tom Brady with some of his offensive line issues, there's a similarity there ... where you made quick decisions, you got the ball out quick for one reason or another," Gio said. 

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"We saw that for a small amount of time in that Jaguar game early on, where he (Darnold) was confident, he was making those quick throws, guys were open, they go down the field, they score a touchdown.

"And then after that in the Jacksonville game, he was awful again," Giannotti continued. "It was back foot, it was scary, it was skittish, it was happy feet, and it just was a completely different player. And that is the thing that I will be looking at the most in this game is Sam Darnold standing in the pocket confidently, and is he throwing the ball like he is an NFL quarterback or is he throwing the ball thinking, 'Oh crap!" every time that it leaves his hand? And that right there is the first thing that needs to be fixed if he's going to progress this year and not regress this year."

Esiason said another area Murray is ahead of Darnold in his development is knowing when to throw the ball away after breaking the pocket. 

"Live to play another down," Boomer said. "You don't have to get the first down on every break of the pocket.  You just have to calm down."

To listen to the open from Friday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.