Sam Darnold has had an up and down season for the New York Jets but he’s recently been on the upswing in recent weeks. After having three straight notable games, Adam Gase praised Darnold’s growth since making the embarrassing “seeing ghosts” comments.
“This is the first time I’ve been through a rough spell like that with a really young quarterback,” coach Adam Gase said Wednesday. “I thought he handled it really well, considering that was one of those games you want to burn the tape. You want that thing eliminated from your résumé.”
Of course, the game that Gase is speaking about came in Week 7 against the New England Patriots. In that game, Darnold completed only 11 of his 32 attempts for 86 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions. The young signal-caller also lost a fumble as New York was blown out 33-0.
Above all, during the game, Darnold exclaimed that he was ‘seeing ghosts’ while he was mic’d up on live television. As a result, many people on social media began to ridicule the second-year quarterback for uttering those words.
Without a doubt, it was a game that Darnold wanted to quickly forget about it and move on from. The following week, Darnold proceeded to throw another three interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But over the past three weeks, Darnold has responded, leading the Jets to three straight victories. At the same time, the USC product has combined for 838 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception in that span.
Considering that New York’s playoff hopes are essentially nonexistent, the main focus for New York is to have Darnold finish the season strong.