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Jets Move QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for Draft Picks

The deal that has been talked about for months finally took place on Monday, as the Jets moved quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.

The return loot for Darnold is a 2021 sixth-round pick and second- and fourth-round picks in 2022, according to reports.

Over three seasons as the team’s starting QB, Darnold amassed a mark of 13-25 under center. He also never threw more than 19 scores in a season, that coming two years back when the Jets went 7-6 with Darnold as their starter.

“I want to publicly acknowledge the commitment, dedication, and professionalism Sam displayed while with the Jets,” Jets GM Joe Douglas said.

“He is a tough-minded, talented football player whose NFL story has not been written yet.

“While all these things are true, this move is in the short- and long-term best interests for both this team and him.

“We thank Sam for all of his work on behalf of this organization and wish him well as he continues his career.”

With Darnold gone, look for a LOT of reports of phone calls and zooms with the Jets to try and get them a quarterback prior to the 2021 draft.

Teams Calling About Sam Darnold, What Can the Jets Get For the 3rd Pick in the 2018 Draft?

It has been a tough couple of seasons for Jets QB Sam Darnold since arriving as the third overall pick back in 2018.

He’s 13-25 for the Jets as a starter in 38 games, and many think it’s simply time to move on from him and go out and try and get superstar QB Deshaun Watson from the Texans.

Whatever the Jets wind up doing, it sounds like they do have a solid asset in Darnold, as reports say that “multiple teams” are calling the Jets about what it would take to get Darnold in a trade.

The Jets are likely storing away these trade ‘offers’ if that’s in fact what they are, as they may need chips if they are going to try and put a package together for the likes of a Watson before the start of the 2021 season.

Reports say that the Jets had interest in former Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was moved over the weekend to the Rams for former first-round pick Jared Goff and draft picks.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a team that needs a quarterback finally give in and make a call to the Jets to see what they truly want for Darnold.

If the Jets were wise they would have a deal for Darnold in place before they go out and acquire a big name QB like Watson.

Robert Saleh Taking the Job as Head Coach for the Jets

The Jets have a new head coach, as late Thursday the team announced they are bringing in San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new voice.

The 41-year-old is highly regarded as one of the brightest defensive minds in the game.

He has been the Niners’ defensive coordinator since 2017. Before that, he was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ linebackers coach (2014-16). He has also coached on the defensive side of the ball for the Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.

Despite being crushed with injuries, Saleh’s leadership and coaching helped the Niners to have the fifth-ranked defense in points allowed this past season.

The Jets fired former coach Adam Gase following a 2-14 season. They currently own the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bill Cowher to Coach the Jets? Boomer Esiason Hints at the Chance

The 2020 season has been a disaster for the Jets, as the team sits at 0-12 after Sunday’s stunning and shocking loss at home to the Raiders which took place in the final seconds on a blitz called on now canned defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

It’s almost a given that Adam Gase won’t be back as the team’s coach in 2021, and that means there will be an interesting vacancy for the slot of Jets head coach.

One name that has not popped up in while is now Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher, who has been on the sidelines doing television after retiring from being the head coach of the Steelers from 1992 to 2006.

Former Jets QB and current WFAN talk show host Boomer Esiason has worked with Cowher on CBS, and Monday said that he thinks there is a chance that Cowher could be on the Jets sidelines as coach in 2021.

“All I know is that yesterday, [Cowher] was showing me and Nate [Burleson] film of him coaching on the sideline where he was mic’ed up, and we looked at each other like, ‘Hmm, what does that mean?’” Esiason said.

“Is he sending a message? I’ve worked with him for 14 years and I’ve never seen that.

“He was saying to me yesterday, he’s the one that told me the Jets job is going to be really attractive, and they could hire whomever they want, and he told me he loves [G.M.] Joe Douglas.”

Cowher was rumored years ago to be up for the head coaching job of the New York Giants, but things never worked out and instead the HOF coach stayed on television.

Could the coach known as “the chin” be the next man up for the Jets? That remains to be seen, but if the franchise wants to make an immediate impact, bringing in Cowher is a quick way to do it.

Jets Fire DC Gregg Williams After Blitz Call Against Raiders

It was a massive risk that didn’t pay off, and for it, Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is out of a job.

The Jets canned Williams less than 24 hours after he called a blitz on the Raiders and QB Derek Carr in the final seconds, which cost New York a touchdown in their 28-24 loss to drop to 0-12.

The play that Williams called the blitz on cost the Jets a TD when Henry Ruggs got past single coverage for a perfectly thrown touchdown pass.

The play came from the Jets’ 46-yard line with 13 seconds remaining and no time outs. All the Jets had to do was keep the Raiders out of the end zone.

The Jets have four more chances to not end the season winless, and now they will go with a new defensive coordinator to do it.

Jets Put Cornerback Brian Poole on Injured Reserve

The Jets were hit with more injury woes on Tuesday, as the team has announced they have placed cornerback Brian Poole on IR.

The move means that Poole will be forced to miss at least the next three games. He left the loss last week with an injury to his knee.

Poole came back to the Jets this past offseason, and has started seven of the team’s nine games in 2020.

He’s appeared on 77 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. He’s also played 31 percent of the Jets’s special teams snaps.

This season Poole has 44 tackles, two interceptions, and a sack.

The move comes the same day the team has cut ties with veteran CB Pierre Desir, who was released after struggling in coverage.

Jets Release Struggling Veteran Corner Pierre Desir

The Jets have decided to part ways with cornerback Pierre Desir, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

The corner has three picks and a touchdown this season, this after inking one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Jets this offseason.

If you look closer, Desir has allowed 39 completions on 51 targets (76.5 catch percentage) and 525 total yards already over nine games (eight starts). His quarterback rate, according to Pro Football Reference.

Desir will go through waivers now, and if he clears, will become a free agent.

Jets Can’t Put Too Much Focus on Le’Veon Bell in Sunday’s Affair with the Chiefs

The Jets have a huge test this Sunday for a team that has yet to win a game in 2020, as the club will take on the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

The only loss for the Chiefs was a wild shootout loss at home to the Las Vegas Raiders a few weeks back. They rebounded last week with a road win against the Denver Broncos in the snow.

For the Jets, one of the more interesting storylines will be the “reunion” with former running back Le’Veon Bell, who is now a member of the Chiefs.

Bell had his first action as a member of the Chiefs last week, rushing the ball six times for a total of 39 yards, a healthy 6.5 yards per carry average.

In his last game with the Jets before his release, Bell ran for 60 yards on 13 carries, a 4.6 yards per carry average.

With all the weapons that the Chiefs have, they can’t just be focused on Bell.

“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be worried about just winning a game, period,” Jets coach Adam Gase said, via ESPN.

“That’s what most players are worried about. They’re worried about, ‘Hey, what do I have to do this week to help my team win?’ So, I’m sure that’s what he’s going to be worried about doing. We’ve got a lot of guys to worry about on that side of the ball against them.”

As a member of the Jets, Bell put up 80.2 scrimmage yards per game, way down from what he did in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, when from 2013 to 2017 he put up 129 yards per game from scrimmage.

The Jets just need a win, and while there will be some focus on Bell, they can’t forget about all the other playmakers on the Chiefs.