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A New Era in New York Football?

Robert Dimuro

Posted on December 22, 2019 10:38

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Two new faces at quarterback are giving both the Giants and Jets reasons to be optimistic and hopeful for the future.

This decade had a very promising beginning for both the Giants and Jets. In 2010, the Jets made it to their second straight AFC Championship game with young Mark Sanchez, who was at the height of his career, at the helm. One year later, the Giants won their second Super Bowl in five years, and fans wondered how many more championships Eli and the Giants could muster.

As it turns out, the rest of the decade for both franchises went south. After 2011, the Giants and Jets collectively could only muster three winning seasons and one playoff appearance. The past three seasons have been particularly pathetic, as their combined records are 25-67 (not including week 16) since 2017.

However, two new faces at quarterback are giving both teams reasons to be optimistic and hopeful for the future. Sam Darnold, in his second year, is steadily improving and has shown the ability on multiple occasions to carry a young Jets team to victory. With a talented receiving corps and great run defense, the Jets aren’t too far away from being competitive next season and should be a team on the rise in the coming years.

His counterpart, Daniel Jones, burst onto the scene in Week 3 and carried the Giants to their best victory in years, coming back from an 18-point deficit to beat the Buccaneers. Although the Giants may still be a year or two away from playoff contention, Jones has given Giants fans a reason to tune in again and a sense that there’s a way out of the abyss.

This season, Jones and Darnold have posted very similar numbers. Jones has a 61.6 comp. %, 2,374 yds, 18 TD’s, 11 INT’s, and a QB rating of 84. Darnold has a 61.7 comp. %, 2,642 yds, 17 TD’s, 12 INT’s, and a QB rating of 84.3. Although these numbers are mediocre when compared with the league averages, they’re actually solid numbers for young quarterbacks playing on teams that are still in the process of building talent around them.

However, Giants and Jets fans couldn’t care less about stats. Just from watching Jones and Darnold play, something feels different and special. Both play with a confidence and poise that Jets fans haven’t seen in a long time and that Giants fans have been long accustomed to with Eli Manning. Although a lot of rookies or first-time-starters have been impressive at quarterback this year, many more fall by the wayside, and both Jones and Darnold have displayed enough talent to show that they are here to stay in the foreseeable future.

Arguably, Jones has bigger shoes to fill, as replacing a future hall-of-fame quarterback is no easy task. However, Darnold is saddled with the responsibility of trying to break his team’s 50-year spell of not winning a championship. If Jones and Darnold are to usher in a new era of New York football, they must fulfill these expectations in the eyes of fans.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on December 22, 2019 10:38

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Source: USA TODAY
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