Young Sam Darnold‘s message through these trying times remains consistent with something that could be labeled the “new Jets way.”
Mike Francesa once presented the question, “What exactly is the ‘Jets way?'” What does it mean to “Play like a Jet?” In the midst of a Mike Tannenbaum-Rex Ryan success story, the rabid WFAN afternoon host went as far as to publicly mock the organization’s messaging.
You remember… the messaging that saw the team describe organizational moves as “Jets decisions” or want players to “Play like a Jet.”
Between the Jets and Francesa, it had reached personal levels. No matter anybody’s single-most held thought or feeling on the topic, semantics had played a huge part in the WFAN host using the bluster en route to ratings and to his own benefit.
Today, after two AFC championship game appearances and a decade of struggling, the question remains, “What exactly is this Jets way and where has it been hiding?'”
Three general managers later, it appears we have a general answer, as backed up by Sam Darnold on a Tuesday conference call.
“For me, it’s about being as consistent as possible (and) taking it one day at a time,” Darnold said. “Right now, I think it’s safe to say we have a lot of potential, but we just have to put in that work.”