New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold escapes the pocket to find wide receiver Braxton Berrios for a highlight-reel touchdown.
While it didn’t start well for Sam Darnold, he’s already bounced-back in Indy.
— Jets X-Factor (@jetsxfactor) September 27, 2020
When Darnold “just plays,” he’s oftentimes tremendous. When he’s overthinking things and trying to force something in his mind is when things go awry.
For example, that previously-mentioned pick-six featured Darnold trying to force one on the sideline while looking for a first down.
The Xavier Rhodes pick-6 (recorded prior to the Darnold touchdown, obviously). The Colts D is a Tampa 2 D a good chunk of the time, and yet, it's single-high press. Gotta allow Darnold to loosen it up. The Berrios score will help. #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/GSIBb9DZYS
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) September 27, 2020
The receiver really needed to come back and fight for the ball, but Darnold also could have put it in a better spot (low and away).
The bottom line is that the Colts defense is flat-out disrespecting Darnold and the weapons. Indy’s defense loves its Tampa 2 principles, yet every play thus far has featured a single-high look with plenty of press on the outside.
Adam Gase’s offense needs to take a downfield shot into one-on-one coverage to simply send a message. It’s reached that level.
After the Berrios score, the Colts have quickly marched down the field and threaten Gregg Williams’s defense inside the 5-yard-line.