An 0-4 start is bad enough, but the Jets were beyond bad; they were unwatchable.
It was a team playing with a quarterback who was on the street in mid-August. It was a team that was incapable of moving the football with Luke Falk at the helm.
A Jets season that was so full of promise and hope saw those feelings immediately turn to despair.
But the narratives among some fans took a ridiculous turn: “Adam Gase is Rich Kotite Part 2” and “The Jets Should Draft a Quarterback in 2020” were some of the ridiculous storylines brought to my attention over the last few weeks.
An 0-4 start - combined with the fact that your starting quarterback was MIA for three games with mononucleosis – will do that.
So it was a sight for sore eyes for Jets fans to see the return of Sam Darnold on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Considering Darnold was recovering from his illness and hadn’t taken part in much football activity over the last month, I for one was very curious to see how he would handle his first game back.
Well, it couldn’t have gone better.
In just one game, Darnold reminded Jets fans of how special a talent he may be while leading his team to its first victory of the year.
Slingin’ Sam threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard bomb to Robby Anderson, but his impact goes beyond just the statistics.
Darnold’s presence lifted the entire spirits of the Jets franchise. QB1 was back, and back in a big way.
The talent is there, but by no means do I suggest that Darnold is a finished product. That said, Sam Darnold provides legitimate hope for this Jets franchise and its fanbase.
It will be difficult for Darnold to turn the Jets into a playoff contender after an 0-4 start, but there’s a big difference in the Jets from September and now.
They’re at least watchable again. Slingin’ Sam is back, now let’s see how he grows.
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