Sam Darnold threw three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns, in a 36-7 loss to the Colts, another embarrassing loss that dropped the Jets to 0-3 and gave further proof that they are the worst team in the NFL.
This year, the worst team in the NFL will get the reward of the No. 1 pick and the ability to draft Lawrence, Clemson’s star quarterback.
There is not much left for Jets fans to dream about. This team is going nowhere. Adam Gase looks like a dead coach walking. His offense again stunk. The Jets have lost by a combined 57 points in these three games. If the Jets are terrible again on Thursday night against the Broncos, you have to wonder if the Jets make a change. Jets fans would take anyone other than Gase at this point.
As bad as Gase has been, Darnold also deserves plenty of blame for this one. Darnold made a few nice plays, including a touchdown pass after a scramble, but the mistakes outweighed the good moments, as they have for most of his career. Darnold had backups playing at wide receiver, but his decision-making still makes you wonder if he’ll ever be the quarterback the Jets hoped when they took him No. 3 overall in 2018.
On Sunday, Darnold became the first Jets quarterback to throw two pick-sixes since Geno Smith in 2013. Darnold finished the game 17 of 29 for 168 yards with one touchdown and the three interceptions for a QB rating of 47.0.
The Colts defense outscored the Jets offense, 16-7, with the two pick-sixes and a late safety.
As bad as Darnold and the offense were, the Jets defense nearly matched them. It had no pass rush and no pass coverage. That led to Philip Rivers (17 of 21 for 217 yards, 1 TD) slicing up the defense. Rivers got to watch the end of the game from the bench as the Colts put backup Jacoby Brissett in for mop-up duty