Sam Darnold, 12.14
J.P. Pelzman, Forbes: I’m just wondering, mentally, how are you getting through this? Is your family helping you get through this, support-wise? What is your support system like these days? You just look so – understandably so – so downcast obviously after these games. How are you getting through this mentally and emotionally?
I have great teammates, great coaches to be able to talk to when things aren’t going well, and I have great friends and great family and obviously a great support system in other ways. I have really good people around me. Again, things haven’t gone necessarily the way that I envisioned them, or many people envisioned this year going, so it really is just one day at a time. That’s how we’re taking it and I’m going to continue to use the support system around me to continue to lean on.
Greg Joyce, New York Post: The idea of potentially going 0-16 and fighting that, is that that in the back of your mind at all?
No. Like I just said, we’re taking it one day at a time. That’s where we’re at right now, today we watched the tape, we tried to get better in certain areas that we felt like we could improve on and we’re just going to continue to take it one day at a time.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Obviously, there’s been a ton of speculation about the future the quarterback position for the Jets with the Jets having a high pick next year. How do you take that? I mean do you take it personally? Insulting? How do you take that speculation?
I’m not worried about speculation or what others are saying outside of our locker room. For me, I’m just worried about playing good football down this stretch and really taking it one day at a time and one game at a time.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Just to follow on that, I’m just wondering do you see yourself as like part of the long-term solution here and if so, why?
Yeah, I do. I believe in myself as a quarterback and as a player in this league. Obviously, that decision isn’t up to me, but I’m always going to believe in myself and have the utmost confidence in myself to be able to go out there and play good football on Sundays.
Connor Hughes, The Athletic: Sam, I was wondering how you would evaluate your three years here with the Jets to this point, not necessarily team wise or coaching wise or what they do – I mean, how would you evaluate yourself through these three years?
I mean, I don’t know. Like I just said, I’m taking it one day at a time, one game at a time right now. I think that’s a big-picture thought that I could maybe answer a week or two after the season.
Al Iannazzone, Newsday: You just said that you believe in yourself as a quarterback and as a player, understandably so. Can you say how much you’ve been tested by that this year? At times you go home, and you watch the film or do whatever, and you see some of your struggles, how much has this tested you?
It can be tough at times, but like I said I have a great support system around me. And again, I believe in myself and my abilities, so that’s never going to waver.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Sam, when you look around the league you always see examples of guys who thrive when they move to another team. I mean you see Ryan Tannehill even going back, Drew Brees had a rough go with the Chargers and then he became a Hall of Famer with the Saints. So, I’m wondering, in your case specifically, do you want to be back here with the Jets next year or do you think maybe sometimes a change of scenery might help?
No, I love it here, all the people around here, I love living here. I’ve always said it, I want to be a Jet for life. That decision isn’t necessarily up to me, but that’s how I feel.
Greg Joyce, New York Post: Sam, obviously there’s not a lot of guys who have been through a season like this. Has there been anyone in particular that you’ve leaned on kind of for advice as to how to kind of navigate this stretch?
No, not really. Again, it’s just picking the brains of different people who have gone through something similar, but this is a little bit different. So, I’m just talking to people who can possibly help, but it really is just taking it one day at a time and making sure that we’re focusing on getting better every day and doing what I can to help this team win a game and continue to move the ball down the field and ultimately score touchdowns in the red zone.