Sam Darnold’s future remains a mystery, per new Jets coach Robert Saleh
The New York Jets have a new head coach. Whether they will also have a new quarterback has yet to be determined.
New Jets head coach Robert Saleh deflected when asked Thursday about Sam Darnold’s future, instead saying management needs to have a number of conversations:
“There are a lot of discussions that need to be had,” Saleh said, via Connor Hughes of The Athletic. “To give you that answer right now would be a bit premature.”
Saleh offered a number of other revelations on Thursday. The former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator said he will not call plays on that end this season, instead delegating that responsibility to new Jets DC Jeff Ulbrich.
Saleh also confirmed Mike LaFleur is his offensive coordinator. LaFleur, the brother of Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, previously served as the passing game coordinator for the 49ers. He now follows Saleh to the Big Apple.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports Jets owner Woody Johnson — who had been serving as President Donald Trump’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom — is returning to the U.S. to resume ownership.
There is quite a bit going on for Gang Green these days, but the quarterback situation is still the most pressing.
Adam Schefter previously reported the Jets were likely to keep Darnold and entertain offers for the No. 2 overall pick. But that report came just prior to the Deshaun Watson saga heating up significantly over the course of the last week.
Saleh, his new staff and Jets general manager Joe Douglas have some key decisions to make in the next few months.