FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The macro view of the Sam Darnold bombshell is that it is one other bad-luck blow for one of the star-crossed franchises in sports activities, the New York Jets. Darnold, sidelined indefinitely with mononucleosis, was — is — the one who’s supposed to alter all that.
The micro perspective is the Jets (Zero-1) have to determine a strategy to save their season with Trevor Siemian at quarterback. For a lot of causes, it will likely be tough.
Siemian’s résumé features a 13-11 file, which coach Adam Gase talked about to the workforce Thursday morning when he broke the Darnold information, however the former Denver Broncos starter hasn’t performed a regular-season sport since Dec. 14, 2017. He was Kirk Cousins’ caddie final season with the Minnesota Vikings, a fixture on the bench.
Now he is being requested to rescue the Jets in what most likely can be a multigame gig in opposition to a brutal schedule. He’ll begin Monday in opposition to the Cleveland Browns (eight:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), adopted by on the New England Patriots, the Week four bye, on the Philadelphia Eagles, at dwelling in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys and the Patriots (once more).
That may have been tough for a wholesome Darnold. It’s a huge problem for Siemian, who has the worst Whole QBR (42.1) among the many 30 quarterbacks with a minimum of 1,000 motion performs since 2016. Luke Falk, who can be elevated from the follow squad, will function the No. 2 QB on Monday evening.
The early bye will assist, however the Jets might be Zero-Three at that time. Monday evening can be an enormous sport for the Jets — as massive because it will get for mid-September.
Siemian was uneven in coaching camp, impressing together with his robust arm on some days however battling accuracy on others. His preseason numbers look good on paper (25-for-32, one landing, no interceptions), however he handed for 158 yards. He was Captain Checkdown in opposition to second- and third-string defenses.
Trevor Siemian (19) and Luke Falk have moved up the Jets’ QB depth chart following information Sam Darnold can be out indefinitely. Noah Ok. Murray/USA TODAY Sports activities
Gase must tweak his sport plans. Not like Darnold, whose energy is being able to make performs exterior the pocket, Siemian is a pure pocket passer. When his safety breaks down, he will not be capable to make improvisational performs the way in which Darnold can. When his protections maintain up, he has the potential to carve up a protection. The Jets know this primary hand. In 2017, Siemian accomplished 19 of 31 passes for 200 yards and a landing in a 23-Zero win in opposition to the Jets.
The Jets signed Siemian to a one-year, $2 million contract as a result of they felt assured he might be a short-term starter.
“He isn’t a panic man,” Gase stated. “He is received a calmness about him.”
Siemian could be calmer with Le’Veon Bell within the backfield, however there’s some query about that. Bell, coping with shoulder soreness, was scheduled for an MRI on Thursday afternoon. Gase did not appear alarmed, however gamers haven’t got MRIs until there’s some concern. If Bell is full-go for Monday evening, he will be the workhorse, taking the strain off Siemian. The offense must run by him as a result of he is the very best participant. If Bell is out, Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell will decide up the workload.
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Siemian will not have beginning large receiver Quincy Enunwa (season-ending neck harm) and the offensive line, which struggled within the Jets’ Week 1 loss to Buffalo, is a piece in progress. Middle Ryan Kalil, who got here out of retirement initially of coaching camp, spent the whole summer time practising with Darnold. Now he has to get aware of a brand new quarterback whereas persevering with to study the nuances of Gase’s offense.
Mainly, the Jets are a large number on offense.
A silver lining? Gase is not any stranger to quarterback calamities. In 2017, he misplaced Ryan Tannehill in coaching camp to a season-ending knee harm, prompting the Miami Dolphins to coax Jay Cutler off his sofa. That did not go nicely, however Gase realized how to deal with adversity.
“What’s our angle going to be?” Gase requested rhetorically. “Is it going to be woe is me, the sky is falling? Or is that this one thing we’ll embrace?
“We’ll look again at this and that is going to be an excellent factor for us,” he added. “I feel it may deliver the locker room even tighter.”
The morale can be examined, little question.