The Jets continue to be haunted by the New England Patriots. One day after being shutout by their division rival, a rogue comment by QB Sam Darnold is making waves throughout social media, and NFL locker rooms.
Le’Veon Bell expressed his thoughts on the leak, tweeting “The NFL screwed Sammy over…there’s not one player in the NFL who’s cool with having every sideline convo broadcasted to millions.”
Darnold was overheard on the sidelines saying he was “seeing ghosts” during Monday night’s 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots.
The comment was picked up by the NFL films microphones and used on the ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast.
Darnold threw four interceptions and lost a fumble in the disastrous loss, which sunk the Jets to 1-6 on the season and eradicated any hope of a playoff push. After the game, Darnold clarified his comment, telling reporters he just “needs to see the field a lot better.”
The Jets will try to regroup next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Luckily for Darnold, the Jags are not nearly as strong a defensive unit as New England, allowing 21.1 points per game this season and ranking 17th in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
According to Manish Mehta, NFL Films was the culprit behind how the “seeing ghosts” comment made it to air. “They had a rep on site,” Mehta tweeted. “My understanding is that people high on NFL Films totem pole are not happy their rep cleared this for air.”
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Patriots Players React
After the game, several Patriots were hilariously surprised by Darnold’s comment. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy joked “That’s the boogeyman, it’s real”.
Van Noy could not contain his curiosity, interrupting the next question to confirm what Darnold had said.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower said after the game it was “humbling” to hear what Darnold said. He also was holding back an ear-to-ear smile.
The Patriots defense has been scary good all season, leading the NFL in scoring by a wide margin, allowing just 6.9 points per game. New England has also shut out their opponents in three of their seven games so far this season.
Adam Gase Not Happy the Comment Was Aired
The Jets head coach showed frustration on Tuesday, speaking out about Darnold’s leaked comments which made it on to the ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast.
“Yeah, I think we’ll be looking into that pretty hard,” Gase said during a conference call. “That was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear about after the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that where somebody that was mic’d up was basically…a comment like that was allowed to be aired. It bothers me. It bothers the organization. I mean, obviously we’re gonna be looking hard into our cooperation (with mic’d up players) going forward.”
There is already merchandise available to commemorate the viral leak, you can currently purchase a “seeing ghosts” from RotoWear.
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