It’s a harsh fact to accept. But we live in a world where no one wants to take responsibility for their mistakes or shortcomings. The NFL is no different because athletes, coaches, and executives all play the blame game. They love creating scapegoats and forcing them to deal with the aftermath of their ineptitude.
So today, we’ll look at some of the most infamous scapegoats in NFL history. Some players unfairly bore the brunt of fans’ wrath. We have coaches who took the hit despite crazy problems behind the scenes. Then some people were at fault but were only a cog in a broken machine.
Darnold entered the league at an incredibly young age when the Jets made him the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They immediately installed the rookie as their starter but it was a disaster. He infamously ‘saw ghosts’ in a game against the Patriots and left for the Panthers with a cloud over his head.
Nonetheless, he remains one of the most notorious NFL scapegoats ever. Most people agree that the Jets threw him into the deep end too soon. They blame former head coach Adam Gase, a self-professed ‘quarterback whisperer’ thanks to his time spent as Peyton MAnning’s offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos. Gase broke Darnold’s confidence and completely misused the young man (via New York Post).