Since the turn of the century, there have been some constants in New York sports. The Yankees are most likely to be pretty good and make the playoffs. The Giants will win a Super Bowl every decade or so. The Mets are bad, ok, good and then will collapse and now seem really good. The Jets are terrible and yes, they won on Sunday but have a long way to go before that classification is lifted. I will provide Robert Saleh a receipt for that statement for his files.
The Robert Saleh era, as head coach of one of the most inept sports franchises in history, the New York Jets, started with the motto, "All gas, no brakes." OK, pouring more "gas" on the Adam Gase (former Jets coach) created dumpster fire wasn't the worst thing. But, Saleh seems to need the "brakes" to stop his terrible team from losing. Now the fiery coach of Gang Green is "Taking Receipts" on the vocal fans and media. Uh-oh.
New York Jet's defensive end, Carl Lawson will have an emotional game on Sunday. The 27 year-old signed a free agent contract with the Jets prior to the 2021 season and was hurt during a non-contact drill during training camp. He has never played a regular season snap for Gang Green. That's special but Lawson has been in the NFL since 2017. Something else will make Sunday an "emotional" game for him.
2022 is an important year for 3rd year general manager, Joe Douglas and his trusted 2nd year head coach, Robert Saleh. The honeymoon of following a disaster like Adam Gase is over and forgotten. It's time to show some results. Douglas and Saleh are banking on second-year quarterback Zach Wilson to take the next step. They have complimented him with protection and weapons. The chips are in the middle of the table. Let's see what kind of Gang Green hand Joe Douglas has built. The seat will get hot quickly this season.
By answering who is the best of the worst, you are also answering who is the worst of the worst. The Buffalo Bills without question are the best football team in New York. Many will argue that they are the only football team in New York but that is a discussion for another day. The New York Giants and the New York Jets go into 2023 with major question-marks surrounding their organizations. Forget the excuses, which team will have the most wins at the end of the season?
January 23, 2011 was the last time that New York Jets fans sat around watched their beloved Gang Green in the playoffs. This season the retooled Jets look to make a similar turnaround to the the Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl run last season. Now the Super Bowl may be a long shot but the playoffs could be more realistic than some fans or ever experts think. These 10 players can get them there.
As we reported last week, 4th grader Lazar LaPenna, of Long Beach, New York, suffered a fatal seizure after hitting a baseball and running to first base. There was no injury caused by a baseball. Lazar suffered from epilepsy for several years and was on medication for seizures. LaPenna loved baseball and the Mets. His dad was his coach. The baseball world and others took notice of this awful tragedy and even took to Twitter to recruit everyone to pay tribute to the little boy from Long Island.
Fans of NFL gossip and rumors love mid-April. The Draft is next Thursday and the New York Jets, with 2 picks in the top 10 in 2022, are in the midst of many of those whispers. Wednesday afternoon, within a few hours of each other, ESPN reported that San Francisco 49ers All Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel and Arizona Cardinals All Pro quarterback Kyler Murray were both tied to the New York Jets.
NFL free agency began on Monday. New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas had 48.5 million reasons to be excited. That's how much salary cap space that the former New York Titans franchise has this year. Only the Indianapolis Colts have more money to spend. Gang Green head coach Robert Saleh is hoping that spending some cash can buy at least a half dozen more wins in 2022. It was a good start on day one.