Unlike the Giants, the Jets have hopes for next season

The teams have identical records. Both are 4-12.

Yet the outlook for each couldn’t be more different.

One team can’t wait for their season to come to an end, with Sunday’s 2021 final in sight, as there is nothing to excite or look forward to.

The other team are keen to get their season just started, with tangible improvements from the weekly young players starting to show in recent weeks.

A team has no idea who their head coach will be next season.

The other knows exactly who will lead him in 2022 and beyond.

A team has significant uncertainty in the quarterback.

The other thinks they’ve found the quarterback who will run the franchise for the next decade.

For a team, the arrow is pointing down.

For the other, the arrow is pointing up.

There you have the respective vibes surrounding the Giants and Jets right now.

The Giants’ fate is currently hopeless, with general manager Dave Gettleman on the verge of being replaced and the future of head coach Joe Judge and quarterback Daniel Jones at best blurry.

Robert Saleh and Zach Wilson
Robert Saleh and Zach Wilson
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Conversely, the Jets and their fans are hopeful, greatly bolstered by the fact that the Jets nearly beat defending Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and Buccaneers last Sunday as they prepare to play. the Bills this Sunday in Buffalo.

This season, with a rookie head coach in Robert Saleh and a rookie quarterback in Zach Wilson, was never going to talk about the Jets’ record of wins and losses in the end for the Jets. But they have doubled their winning tally from 2020, when they went 2-14 and replaced Adam Gase with Saleh.

The Giants, who went 6-10 in 2020 (Judge’s first season), entered the year with property playoff expectations and won two games less than a year ago . They are currently leading a five-game losing streak in which they were beaten by double digits in each in Sunday’s season finale against Washington.

It’s possible that the Giants, who have already used three quarters this season due to injuries, will play a fourth this Sunday depending on whether third player Jake Fromm is replaced by fourth player Brian Lewerke, who has never played in one. NFL game.

The Jets, meanwhile, can’t wait to get Wilson back on the field this week after his eye-opening performance against Tampa Bay (19 of 33 for 234 yards and one touchdown) to see if his improvement continues. Wilson, after throwing 11 interceptions in his first eight starts, hasn’t thrown any in his last four starts.

The Jets are hoping to recover rookie running back Michael Carter after being eliminated from Sunday’s game with a concussion, given that in 13 games this season, he has amassed 620 yards and four touchdowns with an average of 4. , 5 yards.

Again, there’s an outside chance they’ll salvage rookie wide receiver Elijah Moore from his quads injury for the final. In 11 games, Moore has 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns and has looked like a dynamic skill position weapon the Jets have lacked for what seems like an eternity.

These reasons are why the Jets are seeing the light, reasons they want to see more of these players before the end of the season.

Saleh was asked if he had allowed himself to think about the future with some of the building blocks in place combined with an offseason of two picks in the first round of the draft and two in the second round as well as some 48 million. dollars of salary cap space (according to overthecap.com) to spend.

“You do it, but you also have to control yourself pretty quickly, because there’s still this week to worry about,” Saleh said. “I promise as soon as the evaluations are completed and this game [at Buffalo] check it out and we wrap up and dive into our gang as far as the auto-scout and the research go, that’s where all the focus is next.

“Are you letting your mind drift?” Sure, but at the same time as a coach you can’t let yourself go too far because … there are still a lot of guys who have an opportunity who not only want to show that they belong to a roster. the NFL, but they should start in that league. And because of that, it’s our absolute commitment to give them every ounce of energy. ”

That energy has created hope for 2022. It’s an energy that the Jets’ MetLife Stadium roommates are completely lacking as this season draws to a close.


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