49ers should trade for Sam Darnold and let Kyle Shanahan fix him

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets might get rid of Sam Darnold, and the San Francisco 49ers would make ton of sense.

The Sam Darnold era appears to be speeding towards an undignified end, as the Jets look prepared to deal Darnold in a trade if they are able to select Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

With Darnold having more interceptions than touchdowns on the season, he hasn’t done much to convince Joe Douglas he is a franchise quarterback.

However, as Ryan Tannehill has proven with the Tennessee Titans, sometimes getting away from Adam Gase is the best way to rebuild trade value. If the Jets decide to part ways with Darnold, look for Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers to be among the teams interested in resurrecting the former USC star’s career.

Kyle Shanahan has enough offensive wizardry to get the most out of Sam Darnold

Shanahan, who is so frustrated with Jimmy Garoppolo that he benched him against the Miami Dolphins and wouldn’t let him hold the ball for longer than two seconds against the Los Angeles Rams, has become one of the best offensive play-callers in football because of his ability to adapt to his personnel.

When he was with Matt Ryan in Atlanta, the Falcons were a vertical offense that went down the field frequently, and that ability to change things up will serve Darnold well.

Darnold’s strengths are throwing on the run and going deep, but it seems like there is nothing Gase wants to do less than either of those two things, instead opting for runs up the middle with what’s left of Frank Gore on 2nd and 27.

Gase’s offensive ingenuity is a fraction of Shanahan’s, and San Francisco would be a much better situation for Darnold.

Darnold’s confidence is clearly shot, as playing under Gase has beaten some of the talent out of him. In Shanahan’s creative offensive mind, Darnold might’ve finally found a coach who can properly accentuate his talents.

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