Carolina Panthers’ OC Ben McAdoo said that QB Sam Darnold is their starter

CHARLOTTE (N.C.) — New Carolina PanthersWhen asked Tuesday if he was the offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo responded emphatically “yes” Sam DarnoldHe was his starting quarterback, and he added the third pick in the 2018 draft to make this job possible.

Seconds later, the former New York GiantsThe head coach tempers his no by saying that coach Matt Rhule can have a say in the decision. “The way it is now, Sam will be our starting quarterback.”

Darnold P.J. WalkerThe Panthers have signed only one quarterback for 2022. They are currently vetting potential candidates for the No. 6th pick in the draft

“One of my goals is to be better at talking to people. [media]McAdoo said McAdoo was fired after the 2017 season.

“It wasn't something that I should have said.”

McAdoo likes parts of Darnold’s games since the 1980s. New York Jets drafted him No. 3 from USC. In 2018, he told the New York Post that Darnold was “a lot of magic in his game,” but he wondered if Darnold would ever be the franchise-saver Jets needed.

He couldn't see past Darnolds flaws in his throwing mechanics or ball security at the time.

McAdoo said to the Post, “I believe he's exceptional.” He's clearly a talented player, and he can make plays using his feet. I would have trouble drafting someone in the first round who doesn't like the way he throws.

“He can overcome them, guys have. However, that's something that is a challenge to me. Because it's fundamentally flawed, I'm going to be trying to fix that. His number one job is to pass the football. The quarterback's number one job is to pass football. “If I don't like his way of throwing the ball, it is difficult for me to pick him.

McAdoo chose Darnold in a way when he came to Carolina to work as a consultant last season. Dallas Cowboys.

McAdoo stated that “Sam does have some magic” in his first interview since January 24, when he was hired. “He's athletic. Sam is a great guy to work with. We have been working together for the past few days to improve our offense and he has shown glimpses of being an excellent player in this league.

The Panthers won't take a left tackle at No. 1, but they are more likely to do so than a quarterback at No. 6. They have spent the past few weeks evaluating quarterbacks and have used seven of their 30 official visits to the position. The Panthers hosted visits with — Liberty‘s Malik Willis, Pittsburgh‘s Kenny Pickett, Ole MissMatt Corral, Cincinnati‘s Desmond Ridder, North CarolinaSam Howell, Western KentuckyBailey ZappeAnd Nevada‘s Carson Strong.

According to draft analysts Pickett, Corral and Willis are the most likely to get in the first rounds. Pickett is considered the best-prepared to be a Day 1 starter for the NFL.

McAdoo does not place much importance in being game-ready.

He stated, “I'm a big swingfor the fences type of guy.” “Just because you are ready doesn't necessarily mean that you will be the best. Some situations may require you to be ready. It is obvious that experience is a great asset. Some guys may benefit from the system they were part of.

“But, at the end you need to choose a player that will make you happy at that position, hopefully for the upcoming decade.”

McAdoo was the inheritor of Eli Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP with the Giants. He helped Manning have two of his best seasons towards the end his career. He was also fired one day after Manning was benched, ending Manning’s string of 210 consecutive starts.

Darnold will be his inheritor. This is a quarterback that the Panthers had so many concerns about after he went 4-7 last year, that they were willing give him the opportunity to address them. Houston TexansThree draft picks in the first round, players and other draft choices Deshaun Watson.

Shortly thereafter Watson was traded the Cleveland BrownsScott Fitterer, Carolina general manager, stated that Darnold was “in-the lead” for a position he declared open after the season.

McAdoo is open to Darnold becoming his starter, despite reports from the Panthers that they are interested in trading for Browns quarterback. Baker Mayfield. ESPN has been told by league sources that the team has not done any research on the position, and that if there was to be a trade it would be after draft.

McAdoo stated in the 2018 Post article, that Mayfield had an edge but didn't see a lot of pro style football in his tape.

McAdoo refused to speak about Mayfield Tuesday.

McAdoo stated, “I would love to comment on the question, but it isn't mine first rodeo.” “I'm going keep the comments to players in our roster right at this time.”

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