The New York Jets suffered yet another defeat on Sunday, falling to the Buffalo Bills in an ugly 18-10 affair. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had another poor showing in Week 7, and the third-year QB was clearly disheartened as he spoke to the media after the game. This prompted Jets coach Adam Gase to offer some consolation for his struggling quarterback.

Despite a rough start to the season, the Jets coach remains confident in Darnold, as he expressed his belief in how he should eventually get over the hump:

“I just keep thinking he’s 23. None of this can be easy,” Gase said, via Al Iannazone of Newsday. “My thing to him was we got to stay the course, we got to keep finding ways to get better, we have to do a really good job of being great leaders and showing guys the right way to do things, and keeping our focus.”

Gase admitted that the situation can be disappointing at times, but also reiterated that now is the time for them to exhibit the type of leadership needed in these types of circumstances. The Jets duo simply can’t get too down:

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“Him and myself getting frustrated and angry to the point where it’s unproductive is not going to work,” Gase added. “We have to do things right. We have to show the right way. We have to act a certain way where we can bring guys along with us and find a way to turn the corner.”

Darnold went 12-of-23 on his passing against the Bills for 120 yards with two interceptions. The former third overall pick actually looked like he was going to have a good game with a fine first-half performance. It all came crashing down for him after the break, as he was sacked four times in the second half as the Jets managed a meager four yards of offense after halftime.

Things only get tougher for the Jets, as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8. Hopefully for him, Darnold is able to somehow bounce back against the defending champs.