The Case For Starting Sam Darnold
One could argue that Sam Darnold never got a fair chance to develop in the NFL. The Jets were nothing short of a mess during his time, from the top of the organization to the bottom. The same could be said about the Panthers in 2021 and 2022, as Carolina fired head coach Matt Rhule midway through Darnold’s second season with the franchise.
The Niners are the polar opposite, as the front office has established itself as one of the best in sports — not just football. Kyle Shanahan is a brilliant offensive mind, and if he can have Garoppolo performing at such a high level, Darnold can offer a more talented game manager at quarterback.
The Case Against Starting Sam Darnold
To put it mildly, Darnold has put very few positives on tape since entering the league. He is talented, to be sure, but the 26-year-old quarterback suffers from poor decision-making as he drops back. His career completion percentage is below 60 percent, and Darnold’s 55 interceptions in only 55 career starts are concerning, to say the least.
The Niners are built to win right now, so pushing the chips in on a journeyman like Darnold could blow up in their face. As a spot starter, the sixth-year veteran is serviceable. As *the* guy behind center? You are flirting with disaster.