Buccaneers: Sam Darnold will not have fun in the NFC South

Sam Darnold, New York Jets, opponent of the Buccaneers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Sam Darnold, New York Jets, opponent of the Buccaneers (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers will feast on Sam Darnold.

It was about time. Everyone and their mother knew that the Jets were going to move on from Sam Darnold eventually. It was only a matter of when and not if. Darnold now has a much-needed change of scenery, but gaining the Buccaneers as a rival is a challenging prospect.

Darnold is not a bad quarterback. The situation was the main issue for the young quarterback. Adam Gase is quite literally one of the worst coaches in NFL history, and the track record of players leaving his system to find massive success is growing more hilarious by the day.

If Ryan Tannehill’s Renaissance with the Titans is any indication, Darnold can rise above the horrible situation that he faced with the Jets, but he can already expect two tough games on the schedule this year.

The Buccaneers will cause many problems for Sam Darnold

As it stands, the Buccaneers field one of the best defenses in the NFL. The final few games against some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL en route to the Super Bowl show a group that is ready to emerge as a top unit in 2021, and they are already licking their chops looking at Darnold.

While Darnold is not a bad quarterback, he also isn’t a great one either. Turnovers have been a major flaw in his game since his time in college at USC, and the Bucs are the type of team to make you pay dearly for each turnover. If Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers fell in Todd Bowles’ defensive trap, imagine what will happen to the less talented Darnold.

Darnold will get a better coach and team when it all boils down, but getting to play Tampa Bay twice a season is a prospect that no one wants to deal with. The Panthers already struggled against the Bucs in 2020 as Tampa was forming its identity, and Carolina wasn’t just a Sam Darnold away from finding success.

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From the Bucs’ standpoint, no move by the Panthers could’ve been better. Instead of having to face a trade option like Deshaun Watson or a priority draft pick like Justin Fields, Sam Darnold is a welcome addition to make the division somewhat easier.

Darnold better start practicing against a dominant pass rush now-its certainly coming soon.

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