Former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin explained on The Jet Stream podcast Wednesday why Sam Darnold will be a great fit for the Jets.
"Sam is a great fit," Martin said. "Just going back to how he was recruited, when we first got to know him -- he was a guy that was a linebacker and played some wide receiver. Point guard on the basketball team. When he dropped back and started throwing a few passes, we were like 'this kid can throw the ball.'"
And the way Darnold threw the ball changed how USC viewed him.
"We shifted from recruiting him as a linebacker to recruiting him as a quarterback," Martin explained. "He got it the hard way. He wasn't a big-time recruit coming out of high school. He wasn't one of the guys that everyone knew about. He was a kind of a kid who just could play the game. And we noticed that every team he would play on, they would win. And when he wasn't in, they would lose."
"There was a factor we wanted to have, which was winning and competitiveness," Martin concluded. "And he just continued to do that during his time at USC."
Click below to listen to the entire podcast, which includes a discussion with Martin about how Darnold compares to Peyton Manning. Sam's best friend and former USC teammate, Jake Russell, also joins the show to discuss what Darnold is like off the field and his competitiveness on it.