By answering who is the best of the worst, you are also answering who is the worst of the worst. The Buffalo Bills are without a doubt the best football team in New York. Many will argue that this is the only football team in New York, but that’s a topic for another conversation. The New York Giants and New York Jets enter 2023 with serious question marks surrounding their organizations. Forget the excuses, which team will have the most wins at the end of the season?
The Jets are in the second year of the reign of Robert Saleh and the third year of the reign of general manager Joe Douglas. The Green Gang won 4 games last season and this year’s roster is definitely stronger than in 2021. Year two quarterback Zack Wilson looks destined to miss at least the first game of the season. Saleh and Douglas need Wilson to take a step forward in his growing up process if he’s going to be the franchise’s QB. Don’t hold your breath. Dynamic draft pick Garrett Wilson and running back Breeze Hall added to Wilson’s preseason arsenal. What he does with his improved offense is completely up in the air.
The Jets need to be better than the worst defensive team in the NFL, just like they did in 2021. Robert Saleh is trying to repeat what he had in San Francisco. He still has a long way to go. However, first-round picks, cornerback Sauce Gardner and cornerback Jermaine Johnson should bolster a defense that, when healthy, looks decent on paper. Edge rusher Carl Lawson and linebacker CJ Mosley both missed last season with injuries. They are back. Fifth year Quinnen Williams should have a great year if he can get help from some healthy talent. Long and short, AFC stacked. The Jets have a busy schedule. However, I see some improvements going forward and the Jets as a 6 or 7 win team in 2022.
On the blue side of MetLife Stadium is New York City’s other worst football team. Rookie general manager Joe Shawn and rookie head coach Brian Daball would have been preparing for Super Bowl LVII if they had kept their previous jobs at Buffalo. Instead, they took on the task of finding out if Daniel Jones is an NFL quarterback; if Saquon Barkley has anything left in the tank and if Kenny Golladay takes every penny from Big Blue, former general manager Dave Gettleman signed him before last season.
With an improved offensive line centered on former Buffalo Bills free agent John Feliciano, Daniel Jones should finally have the time he needs to control the Big Blues offense. A healthy Saquon Barkley should keep the defense honest, which should improve the Giants’ passing game. Kadarius Tony, Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard are a pretty decent host corporation. I see big offensive opportunities this season. It all depends if Daniel Jones can pull off his 3rd new offense in 4 seasons? If he can, it could be a pretty good season for the Giants.
New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale inherited the best part of the Giants’ roster. The Big Blue defense finished 23rd in scoring last season. Many of these points were obtained from a bungled attack. The Giants have some talent in ball defense. Joining defenseman Leonard Williams is first-round pick Keyvon Thibodeau. Linebacker Blake Martinez and defenseman Xavier McKinney will return from injury in 2021, and I can see the Giants defense improve a lot. They are still weak on the wing, but the expected pressure on the front line should help the defenders. I think the Giants will take a step forward with Brian Daball’s first season as head coach. In the weak NFC East division, Big Blue could win 7 or 8 games this season.
To be honest, which MetLife Stadium residents are better is really a coin toss. Both teams appear to be heading in a better direction, but regular season football matches will determine their fate. The Giants may actually have an advantage over the Jets because they aren’t tied to quarterback success like the Jets are right now. If Giants QB Daniel Jones fails this year, no big deal; the giants are pulling him; insert Tyrode Taylor and continue this season. Jones is a product of the former regime, and his future doesn’t matter to Sean and Duboll. If Jets QB Zach Wilson fails, Robert Saleh will be more hesitant to walk away from him because Saleh and Douglas chose Wilson. This should scare Jets fans. Everyone says Wilson has been the best in this camp, but so far he’s far from a quality quarterback. The Giants are better now, which is why the Gang Green is still the worst NFL team in New York.
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