Signs started pointing to Sam Darnold as the Jets starting quarterback a while ago, but head coach Todd Bowles did not go public with that choice until Monday.
Bowles said at a press conference that the team did not rush Darnold, their first-round pick in this year’s draft, but that he “kept his head down and he earned it” over the course of the summer. Bowles said he felt that the team could also win with Josh McCown in the lineup, but noted “it’s good to have a quarterback that can throw and move his feet” while discussing the things that pushed him in the rookie’s direction.
Darnold will be the youngest opening day starting quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and Bowles was asked about the inevitable growing pains that the rookie will experience.
“I understand that, but we are going to play Detroit with 52 other guys, it’s not just him by himself,” Bowles said, via the team’s transcript. “The pains he gets that he needs to see,…