The video only told part of the story.
During the final minutes of the Jets’ 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night, Sam Darnold appeared to show frustration with first-year coach Adam Gase, with the quarterback’s heated comments seemingly leaving backup quarterback David Fales in shock.
“David always has that weird look on his face,” Darnold said as an explanation on Friday.
After the second-year franchise quarterback failed to convert a fourth-and-1 pass with 4:06 remaining in the blowout, Darnold exchanged words with Gase on the sideline. Darnold’s body language hinted at feelings which fail to align with the endorsements he’s consistently given the unpopular coach this season.
However, while both were angry, Gase said Friday they were complaining in agreement about a mistake that another player made.
“We were both in the same mind frame where somebody didn’t execute their job and basically I was b–ching about that and he was doing the same thing,” Gase said.
Darnold finished the night 18-of-32 with 218 yards passing — his fewest since Oct. 27 — while throwing two touchdowns and one interception.
Though the Jets fell to 5-9, the team is 5-6 with Darnold in action. Through 11 games, his numbers have slightly improved from his rookie season, and he now has 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while completing 61.7 percent of his passes, under the guidance of the supposed quarterback whisperer Gase.
“I think where we were at in the game, especially not executing, especially on a fourth down, a really key down, I was just frustrated about the circumstance,” Darnold said. “It wasn’t anything more than that. We were just having a conversation about not executing the way that we were supposed to and that was it.”
— With Brian Costello
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