Jets quarterback Sam Darnold echoed the thoughts of his head coach Adam Gase on Monday, and though both were disappointed in the way the year began, pointed to a strong second half of the season as something the Jets can build on next season.
"I thought in the beginning of the season, I thought we were inconsistent, and I think that's really some of the reason why we lost games at times," Darnold said. "I thought I played inconsistent as well, towards the back half of the season I thought I played better, didn't turn the ball over as much, but again there is still room to be more consistent.
"But as a whole, I felt like the back half of the season as an offense we really felt more comfortable and played more consistent."
The Jets started the season 1-7 -- though Darnold missed three of those games while recovering from mono. But something started to click in Week 10 against the Giants, which began a string of three straight wins, and three straight games in which they scored 34 points.
"Big picture, I thought I grew, and I felt like I experienced good experiences for the most part," Darnold said. "Obviously, some of the bad games that I've played, bad plays that I had during the year I learned from, so from that aspect I thought I grew a ton."
The 22-year-old also pointed out that he didn't want to focus on the team's record, and feel there's plenty of positives he can take from the season.
"Did the season work out or end the way we all hoped it would?" Darnold asked rhetorically. "No, we'd liked to have a winning record and be going to the playoffs, but obviously there is a lot of room to grow, but we also learned from our mistakes and I thought we did that as an offense, and I thought I did that personally."