He doesn’t govern by public opinion polls.
And he’s not afraid to say things that other GMs might not say, like he believes the QB he just traded is going to be successful with his new team.
Joe Douglas was asked by Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer if he’s afraid he will look bad if Sam Darnold plays well for Carolina.
“Whether I look bad or not (for trading Darnold) I could give two [expletive] about that,” Douglas told Breer. “I know that he’s gonna have success. The timing didn’t really work out for him here. We couldn’t turn this around fast enough for him. And that’s not his fault. I root for good people, and that dude’s a good man, and he’s gonna do good things. I believe that.”
This quote made a lot of news. After all, why would he trade him if he’s going to “good things” and “have success” with Carolina? Why not keep him?
Because Douglas is taking the high road, and he probably does believe it, to a degree. Darnold should have “success” and do “good things” with Carolina, just like he did with the Jets, at times. The issue with Darnold is consistency. Can we have consistent “success” and consistently do “good things?”
But the bottom line is Douglas obviously thinks Zach Wilson is an upgrade over Darnold, and that is why he made the move.
However Douglas has no problem saying he’s okay looking bad if…