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Part I: Are the Giants even in the NFL anymore?
I mean, seriously, what are we watching out there? Is that the CFL? Arena League? XFL? College or maybe even high school football?
The 2023 New York Giants are a complete and utter disaster.
Sure, I totally understand that they are onto their third quarterback now – Tommy DeVito, with both Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor out – but still, that’s no excuse for what we saw yesterday. A 49-17 loss in a division-rivalry game against the hated Cowboys? Did the Giants even show up? I watched the whole game, and cannot think of a single Giant doing anything of note.
On the flip, what I do remember is teammates arguing on the sidelines. I remember middle school-level play calling. And I do recall Brian Daboll wasting a challenge and timeout right away, in the first quarter, on one of the easiest calls of all time.
This is the NFL. No one cares if your quarterbacks are hurt! Making millions to coach and play, you have to find creative ways to remain competitive. I mean, look at the Minnesota Vikings for chrissake! Kirk Cousins, one of the best quarterbacks in the game, goes down, and Kevin O’Connell and the gang immediately make the call for Josh Dobbs. They are truly one of the stories of the league right now.
That’s what it’s all about. Don’t get complacent. Don’t just accept losses.
As for the Giants? Well, they just went out there and accepted a loss yesterday. And you want my honest opinion? I truly believe the Cowboys eased off the gas, early. If they were turned up all the way, they could have won this game 70-0. No joke.
Daboll and his players should all be totally ashamed. The Giants have completely mailed in their season.
Part II: I’m retiring as a Jets fan
I mean, really, can you blame me?
Twelve seasons without a trip to the playoffs – the second-longest drought is only seven years – and Jets games are literally unwatchable. For the second straight week, in a primetime game, I turned off the Jets in the first half.
Last week, when they fell behind 14-0 to the hungry Los Angeles Chargers, I knew the writing was on the wall. Seventy-five percent of the bets were on the Jets that night, which is the kiss of death from the outset. Plus, overall, the Chargers are just on a different level than the lowly Jets.
Of course, that ended in yet another embarrassing loss for New York.
And Sunday night? Against the Raiders, with a rookie head coach and rookie quarterback? Well, for starters, why did Zach Wilson step out of bounds on a walk-in touchdown? Early in the game, he was running the sideline with no tackle, not even touched by a defender. So why the hell did he step out of bounds at the 3-yard line? I’m telling you, these things don’t happen with other teams. The Jets do every little thing wrong.
I really don’t even feel like a Jets fan anymore. I’m not excited to watch the games. I cannot STAND the owner, head coach, GM, offensive coordinator or quarterback. So what, exactly, am I doing here?
It’s time to stop the madness. It’s time to stop the pain. I’m done with the New York Jets until they get a young, offensive-minded guru as their head coach. Until that day comes, I’m sticking to fantasy football and betting.
If ‘your’ NFL team is looking for an extra fan this season, don’t hesitate to give me a call.
John Frascella is a published sports author who has been covering the NFL for 19 years. Follow him on Twitter @LegendSports7 for all things NFL, NBA and MLB throughout the year.