Darnold off the mark as Jets maul Lions

11 September, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Amy Huff
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The best storylines are written after the game. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that's some really poor defense.

And from the personal archives, there are lessons to be learned about going overboard in either direction on one game.

- Matt Patricia made his head-coaching debut with the Lions on Monday night and it did not go very well at all. The rookie quarterback thought he played "pretty well", but you saw more than that, and so did the players who suited up next to him, who cheered him on from the sidelines, who told him they weren't anxious after he threw a pick-six on the very first play of his first-ever National Football League game.

When the Lions hired general manager Bob Quinn two-plus years ago, the former Patriots executive chose to keep Caldwell in 2016 and gave him a contract extension the next year.

As for running back, Isaiah Crowell's bruising running style is a compliment to Bilal Powell's elusive rushing and pass-catching abilities.

On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn't hard to see or hear Patricia.

"There's not a lot to be happy here, as far as that's concerned", Patricia said. "He gave us the rules and he came in with energy". (Those are) a couple of pretty good defenses.

Darnold earned the right to start in Week 1 over journeyman team favorite Josh McCown because he showed good leadership qualities and a feel for defenses beyond his years.

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But this was more about Darnold and the Jets than it was about Stafford, Patricia and the Lions.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted four times.

There doesn't appear to be much help around Darnold.

"We watched (his) college film, obviously", Bowles said of the 24-year-old, who spent two years out of football after a brief stint earlier this decade at the Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. "I hope I never have to say that again. That's where I always start", Patricia said. "I have to do a better job and that's always where I'm going to take it".

Darnold was 11-of-15 for 122 yards and generally stuck to shorter stuff outside of the big throw to Anderson.

In the game, they scored three touchdowns of over 40 yards, and Roberts' 78-yard punt return was the pick of the bunch. Kenny Golladay racked up 114 yards on seven receptions, and Golden Tate caught seven passes for 79 yards and a TD.

The game continued, and the Jets outplayed the Lions in every phase.

There was nearly nothing for the Lions to feel good about. It was the first time the Jets had scored 40 points or more since the opener in 2012 against the Bills. His cool and calm ways were respected and they appreciated that he cared about them off the field.

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