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Sport Sam Darnold benched in loss, but Panthers coach Matt Rhule said QB will remain starter

01:30  25 october  2021
01:30  25 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Rhule said that he thinks Sam Darnold will be a “great quarterback ” and that the team is not working on anything else. “I’m bought in on Sam ,” Rhule said , via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News . “My biggest thing is making sure that me and [ quarterbacks coach ] Sean Ryan and Darnold is signed for next season as a result of the Panthers exercising their fifth-year option on his contract, but that probably wouldn’t preclude a move if the Panthers aren’t sold on him as the long-term answer at the position. Based on what Rhule said Thursday, that decision will be made over the next 11 games.

The Carolina Panthers benched Sam Darnold in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 25-3 loss to the New York Giants amid the fourth-year veteran's continued struggles.

Darnold was replaced by P.J. Walker, the former XFL standout, in the fourth quarter with the Panthers trailing 15-3.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule has insisted since the beginning of training camp that quarterback Sam Darnold doesn’t have to focus on being a leader, only on “playing quarterback .’’ In other words, Rhule wants Darnold to focus on getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers and not “For me it’s really just learning from last year and understanding when to get the ball out,’’ said Darnold , who didn’t have star running back Christian McCaffrey last night. “The biggest thing is finding completions when the defense does a good job of covering guys.’’ Best of NFL Nation.

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Darnold completed 16 of 25 passes for 111 yards with one interception before being sidelined. Walker connected on just 3 of 14 passes for 33 yards. Each quarterback took three sacks.

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Carolina entered Sunday's game on a three-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0. Darnold had thrown four touchdowns with six interceptions during the losing streak while completing just 54.7% of its passes.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Darnold would remain the team's starting quarterback for next week's game at the Atlanta Falcons, adding that the did not expect to acquire another quarterback before the Nov. 2 trade deadline.

Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers is sacked by Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants during the first half in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. © Al Bello, Getty Images Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers is sacked by Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants during the first half in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

"I could feel like it was at the tipping point, it was now or never," Rhule said in a postgame news conference. "The last thing I want to do is embarrass somebody because I know that’s going to be the story this week.”

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While the Panthers traded for and picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Sam Darnold this offseason, he has still yet to prove that he's a franchise quarterback . With the Watson rumor mill again beginning to spin, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News asked Panthers head coach Matt Darnold 's recent decline has contributed to the losing streak, as he has thrown four touchdowns and six interceptions in the past three contests. During the 34-28 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week, Darnold completed just 17 of 41 passes. It remains to be seen if Darnold is the answer in

Quarterback Sam Darnold was getting a lot of credit , getting off to a strong statistical start in his first year away from Adam Gase after the Jets traded him to Carolina this offseason. So what now for Darnold and the Panthers ? The struggles coincide with star running back Christian McCaffrey’s hamstring injury that was suffered in a Week 3 win over the Texans. McCaffrey is expected back soon and a consistent playmaker in the backfield will certainly help Darnold .

Said Darnold of the benching: "That’s up to him. Whatever he thinks is the best decision, ultimately that is his decision.''

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer acquired Darnold from the New York Jets in an April trade in exchange for second- and fourth-round draft picks in 2022 and a sixth-round selection this year. The team subsequently dealt incumbent starter Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos and elected not to select a quarterback in the NFL draft despite owning the No. 8 overall selection.

Darnold is owed $18.858 million fully guaranteed in 2022 after the Panthers exercised his fifth-year option.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sam Darnold benched in loss, but Panthers coach Matt Rhule said QB will remain starter

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