The Jets and Sam Darnold did everything they possibly could to get him ready to play this Sunday, but Darnold’s spleen had a mind of it’s own. As Darnold so eloquently put it during the week, “my spleen is going to do what it’s going to do,” and what it did was not shrink enough for Darnold to be cleared to play.
“He tried to do everything he could,” Gase said. “He did everything he was asked to do. He did everything the doctors told him to do. It just didn’t work out for him.”
The idea of Darnold playing this week always seemed overly optimistic. Obviously they are disappointed that he can’t go this week but now the team will turn their attention to the Eagles and Darnold can hope to be ready for the Cowboys next week.
With Darnold officially ruled out, Luke Falk will get the start. The Jets also re-signed David Fales so he will be the backup. Falk will get his second straight start for the Jets and realistically he will give the Jets little chance to win the game. But realistically the Jets would’ve had a difficult enough time beating the Eagles with Darnold and they’re not beating anyone without Darnold.
Gase and the Jets will face criticism for preparing Darnold all week on a long shot hope and prayer instead of preparing Falk more as the starter, but that ignores the fact that it’s still Falk starting. A full week of prep would of course help Falk better prepare for the Eagles but it still would’ve been preparing to lose. The only chance they had to win this week was the off-chance that Darnold could play, a full week of starter’s reps for Falk wouldn’t have gotten this team any closer to a win on Sunday. With Darnold out, regardless of how the reps were split up the only chance the Jets have is the Eagles completely self-destructing and beating themselves.