The Jets are 1-7 and haven't played their best football. The same can be said for quarterback Sam Darnold.
Most expected a step forward for the second-year pro this year. Many observers of the team say Darnold has actually regressed instead of improving this year.
But Darnold himself doesn't think so, though. And neither does his head coach.
"I would say it's not true. Obviously the wins aren't coming and everyone on our team is... frankly, pissed off about it. As professional athletes, we go out there and want to win games. For me, personally, I feel like I have gotten better," Darnold told The Michael Kay Show. "It's just about putting it all together and continuing to sustain drives."
"The last couple of weeks, we've put together really good first drives of the game. We just can't sustain that success. I think a lot of it is what I said before, it's just negative plays and penalties that kill us," Darnold added.
Darnold was 27-for-39 passing in the game with 260 yards. He did have a touchdown but added an ugly interception in the loss.
After having an extra day to review Darnold's performance, Adam Gase also backed his QB's thoughts on his positive play.
"After watching everything, it's just a couple of plays," Gase said. "There was a lot more good than bad."
Darnold, Gase and the Jets will get an opportunity to turn the tides of their season in Week 10 against the Giants, who face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.