Ahead of another matchup with an impressive defense, Adam Gase spoke about how Sam Darnold performed his last time out against the Ravens' stellar defense.
Darnold went 18-for-32 for 218 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Baltimore during Week 15's edition of Thursday night football, but the Ravens' offense was too much for the Jets to handle as they fell, 42-21.
The second-year quarterback connected with Jamison Crowder for both of his scores on the day, including a pinpoint pass that allowed Crowder to toe-tap in a touchdown on third and goal.
"That was about as a good a throw as I've seen live in a long time," Gase said during his Friday press conference. "I mean that was ridiculous. But when he sees it like that, when he starts explaining things like that to you, that's when you realize it's like slower, things have slowed down for him. Which is great to see because he's on the move, there's more than one guy trying to chase him, so for him to make that throw is pretty impressive."
After facing a Baltimore defense that is sixth in the league in yards allowed per game at 314.3, the Jets will now face a Pittsburgh defense that sits at fourth in the same category and are first in the league in sacks.
Facing great defenses like these in consistent weeks is considered a good thing by Gase for Darnold's progression as a quarterback.
"Both those defenses, they're both good," Gase said. "So it's about being able to get the ball out on time, all the things you know about the offense use those to your advantage, helping your guys get into a rhythm, that's where the quarterbacks -- the good ones -- really do a great job is getting their offensive line in rhythm. To when the defensive line doesn't really know when the ball is coming out, when you're holding on to it, kind of when you know 'hey, let me get to the check down. Can I hold on to it and take a shot?'"
"Just kind of those things, those are the type of things you learn going through these games."
The Jets could be entering the matchup against the Steelers -- who are still fighting for a playoff spot -- short-handed, as Gase also added that Demaryius Thomas will not practice Friday and that Jamal Adams, Robby Anderson, Kelvin Beachum, Arthur Maluet, Brian Poole, Bilal Powell and Quinnen Williams would be among the limited participants.