Adam Gase praises Sam Darnold despite sideline spat during loss to Ravens
Adam Gase and Sam Darnold had a heated confrontation during the New York Jets’ 42-21 blowout loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night, but that did not stop the head coach from praising the second-year quarterback afterward.
Footage has surfaced of Gase and Darnold getting into it on the sideline late in the fourth quarter of the game. The nature of the confrontation is difficult to discern, but the reaction from backup quarterback David Fales to ti speaks volumes, as a look of shock passes over his face, seemingly after something Darnold said to Gase.
Near the end of last night’s game, Sam Darnold and Adam Gase exchanged some words on the sideline. Not sure what was said, but backup QB David Fales’ reaction says a lot. pic.twitter.com/m0cdCBOcxF— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 13, 2019
While neither Gase nor Darnold appear to have weighed in on the words exchanged between the two, the head coach only had good things to say about the quarterback after the game.
“It’s coming. He’s improving every week, the entire year,” Gase said of Darnold, as shared by Eric Allen of Jets 360. “Every week he gets better and better. There is going to be a point where he’s going to be a really good player.”
Darnold finished the game having completed 18-of-32 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns to one interception. Advanced metrics also show that Darnold had a so-so game against an outstanding Ravens defense.
Darnold registered a 48.6 TotalQBR last night, which is average, per @ESPNStatsInfo. Did well in red zone (85.6), third down (67.6) and under pressure (64.7). Not so well vs blitz (28.3) and no pressure (20.9). Mixed bag vs very good defense. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 13, 2019
Regarding what occurred between Gase and Darnold on the sideline, it’s hardly the first time a head coach and quarterback — or any other player, for that matter — have exchanged not-so-pleasantries during the stress of a game.
It won’t be the last time, either. Odds are both parties will downplay the situation. After all, Gase did give his young quarterback a solid endorsement only a short time after the incident.