All this rationalizing bad QB play now. Let’s just hope that we aren’t losing 21-3 when the season starts. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen much from Rhule or Tepper to make me confident that they have any idea what they’re doing.
I am excited because Darnold is young and talented, but we've now seen him in the NFL for almost 40 games and his raw abilities have rarely generated steady, high-level play.
And many have pointed to the pressure Darnold faced with the Jets as a factor outside of his control when explaining why he flopped to start his NFL career, but he was actually much closer to league average under pressure than he was from a clean pocket in 2020.
The improved situation with us should show a more respectable Darnold than someone who was in the running for the worst starting quarterback in the league last season. He has too much natural ability as an anticipatory thrower to be that bad again.