Sam Darnold played the worst game of his career on primetime television and (unknowingly) admitted to a national TV audience that he was helplessly flummoxed by the New England Patriots defense.

But at least the New York Jets have his back.

First, Jets head coach Adam Gase took ESPN to task Tuesday for airing a mic'd up Darnold saying "I'm seeing ghosts" after throwing an interception in Monday night's 33-0 loss to the Patriots.

Minutes later, running back Le'Veon Bell piled on, calling out the NFL for "screw(ing)" his QB over.

Bell makes a compelling point. Mic'd up players say plenty over the course of a three-hour game, and while Darnold bears some responsibility knowing he was "hot," you'd think either NFL Films or ESPN would protect him by not broadcasting soundbites that would make him look bad.

According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, Bell has the right culprit: An on-site NFL Films representative cleared Darnold's "seeing ghosts" comment for air without the Jets or ESPN approving it.

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