This Sunday marks the NFL’s Final Four, and aren’t we lucky that the best two teams in each conference will be in action! A doubleheader stacked with story lines and some of the sports biggest stars. It’s all there, from Hall Of Fame quarterbacks to Hall Of Fame coaches. Established all-pros to new ones. The question I have is, will long suffering New York Jets fans and frustrated New York Football Giants backers really care to watch?
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The answer of course is, of course! The games should be REALLY good. So because of that, and because they are the only football games to watch, the ratings in Gotham should be big. Don’t be fooled however, even though they will be eyeballing the match-ups, their fan bases are preoccupied with some big moves that have already been made, and some that could be coming in a few months. Here’s a Cliff’s notes version, twitter style:
NEW YORK JETS
The Jets hired Adam Gase as their head coach, and conducted a creepy press conference for the ages. First and foremost, all anyone was talking about following the exercise was Gase’s demeanor, namely his bulging wandering eyes. Twitter destroyed him with meme’s immediately, and no paid attention to what he said. General manager, Mike Maccagnan sat on the dais with Gase and Jets owner, Christopher Johnson, but was not asked a single question! The whole dog and pony show reeked of three words, Same Old Jets!
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 17, 2019
Speaking of Maccagnan, he survived when Todd Bowles did not, and this off-season will have $100 million with which to rebuild his roster. Folks like Le’Veon Bell, Dee Ford, Demarcus Lawrence, Jadeveon Clowney, Golden Tate, etc. will all probably be discussed internally. Adding a few impact free agents and a collegiate star with their #3 draft selection to the likes of Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams, SHOULD make them a playoff worthy team next year. To go along with what will be a new look roster, the team will have a new look altogether…
Jets fans should be heartened by Gase’s first hire. The noted offensive guru, made an excellent move when he tabbed Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator. Williams is a larger than life figure who is as intense as they come. His track record is of running good, tough, no nonsense defenses. He is also someone who has blurred the lines, having been suspended for the entire 2012 season for “Bountygate”.
When Williams was announced, Gase had this to say about his DC’s checkered past, “Gregg was penalized for that (bounty gate) heavily. Football was taken away from him. He did his time. That’s what makes this country great, right? People get second chances all the time. He’s gotten a second chance. He’s done it right. He’s gone and worked extremely hard to do things right. For me or anyone else to hold that over his head, to me, is wrong. It’s like when we give players second opportunities. It’s the same thing.”
NEW YORK GIANTS
Have you heard the G-Men might be, could be, should be, probably will be, most definitely have to be, in the market for a new quarterback? This dance they’ve been doing with Eli Manning for the last year might finally be coming to an end. Ben McAdoo tried to move on from #10, but Dave Gettleman bought in big time on the now 38 year-old, 15 year NFL veteran. Having passed on a franchise signal caller with their #2 pick in last season’s draft (they did nab Kyle “Go Speed Racer” Lauletta in the 4th round), the Giants surely will draft one at #6 this April right? Well, if so, here is one interested party:
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 9, 2019
Dwayne Haskins, the quarterback from Ohio State, grew up a giants fan in Highland Park, NJ. The 6 foot 3 inch, 220 pounder dazzled in his one and only season under center in Columbus. You can Google the numbers yourself, but the 2nd runner up in the Heisman Trophy voting is/should squarely be in the Giants plans as they do their due diligence in draft prep. Unfortunately, as a result of winning some meaningless games down the stretch, they might have to pay handsomely to move up from six to get him. Of course this is all speculation, but where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Just take a look at Mel Kiper’s (ESPN) latest Mock Draft.
One QB that Gettleman would not have to trade up for is the Heisman Trophy winner himself, Kyler Murray. Is there really a chance Big Blue would go with the little Murray, adding him to a backfield that already employs diminutive dynamo Saquon Barkley? Not at #6 I wouldn’t think. Murray’s situation is also complicated by the aspect of baseball and how that will shake out.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 14, 2019
As you can see, there is a lot going on with both New York NFL football teams. Enough to keep them occupied well beyond this weekend’s dream doubleheader.
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