For much of the Jets season, observers were left scratching their heads and wondering why head coach Adam Gase wasn’t playing to the strengths of quarterback Sam Darnold. Yes, Darnold missed a chunk of time after week one, but even after his return, there weren’t any rollouts, very little play action, no run-pass options. Well, not enough to make an impact anyway. For some reason, many of the things that had Darnold playing like a franchise quarterback late last season were no longer present. It seems Darnold noticed, and he took things in to his own hands.
It all started changing for Darnold when, after the Jacksonville disaster, he met with Gase and started telling him how HE wanted the offense to run.