I am fully aware that young passers do dumb things that they are told, ad nauseam, not to do. Sam Darnold isn't the first, nor will he be the last rookie to get under center and immediately forget everything he ever learned once facing the fire of NFL competition for the first time in which it actually counts.
That being said, I just had a hard time believing that Sam Darnold's very first play would have resulted in him breaking the cardinal rule of quarterbacking in such inexcusable fashion had that snap been taken in any other jersey (minus that of the Cleveland Browns). Interceptions get delivered in all forms and fashions, but a late, off-balance throw traveling all the way back across to the far side of the field is, without question, the one most guaranteed to result in the gift wrapping of six points to the defense. For that reason, that dumb of a decision, made that promptly in his debut, just reeks of the type of self-fulfilling prophecy that's been known to creep up and smack New York Jets' quarterback prospects in the face faster than the ass of their own offensive lineman.
I personally think Sam Darnold is going to develop into a good player and a quality leader. In fact, as his team currently leads by a touchdown at halftime, he's already shown some damn good glimpses into how bright his future may be. However, the fact that he started off by looking as though he was playing the position in the dark is just too damn fitting of the franchise that drafted him for its past not to be at least partially responsible.
Only fair I sneak in the first touchdown pass too...