Sam Darnold: ‘I played stupid football’ in loss to Dolphins

Sep 10, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold played poorly in Week 9’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. As the rookie signal caller was more than willing to share, he’s well aware of his struggles.

After watching the tape of Sunday’s loss, Darnold was highly critical of his performance. The quarterback said bluntly that he played “stupid football.”

He definitely struggled in a big way.

On the day, Darnold was 21-for-39 for 229 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. One of the interceptions was a pick-six while another gave the Dolphins a short field, setting them up for a field goal. Even with those mistakes, the Jets lost only 13-6.

Darnold has certainly shown a lot of promise in 2018. But games like this show that he has a lot of work to do. Recognizing his mistakes is a good sign. The next step will be fixing them.