Sam Darnold addressed what he meant by ‘seeing ghosts’

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets talk after their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New England Patriots won 33-0. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Tom Brady and Sam Darnold talk after their game. –Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

No, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold didn’t spot actual apparitions Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

With the Jets trailing the Patriots, 24-0, the ESPN broadcast caught a mic’d up Darnold on the bench saying, “I’m seeing ghosts.”

After his team’s 33-0 loss, Darnold clarified he was referring to his field vision.

“I think, for me, when I talk to the coaches, I just got to be straight up,” Darnold said. “For me, I just got to see the field a lot better. That’s kind of what that means. It was a rough day out there, tough night out there. Obviously, I got to be better.”


It indeed was a tough night for Darnold. The 21-year-old quarterback threw four interceptions, was sacked once, and lost a fumble. He logged a career-low 73 passing yards.

“Obviously, that first pick, it wasn’t a good feeling,” Darnold said. “Right there, that’s the one I’d like to have back. Because if I don’t throw that, I feel like it is a different game. It’s easy to say that after the loss like that, but I just gotta play a lot better, and us as an offense and collectively as a team, we need to get better, and we will.”