And just like that: How New York City made fun of the NFL | NFL

Pprofessional football in the metropolitan area of ​​new york has somehow become even gloomier in the over two years that have passed since the Giants and Jets last played against each other. The Jets (2-7) gathered to beat the Giants (2-8) on the gloomy November day in the Meadowlands in the so-called Toilet Bowl, with tailgates showing toilet seat lids with each team’s logo.

The NFL’s two NYC-based teams are each 4-11 on their way into the 2021 season’s home field. It’s likely that both will end the season with 13 losses, which has never happened since New York added an AFL team in 1960. In the last 10 years, only the 2016 Giants reached the playoffs (and they were promptly blown out of Green Bay in the wildcard -runden). Recently, they have been professional football’s biggest losers: none of the other 30 teams in the NFL have written a worse record than the Jets (21-58) or Giants (22-57) since 2016.

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There have been other barren stretches in the city’s football history: the Giants and Jets went through the entire 1970s, and neither team managed the off-season. The 1977 season ended with the Giants (5-9) losing in the snow and rain at home to Chicago, 12-9, and the Jets (3-11 for the third year in a row) falling in Philadelphia, 27-0, before 6 p.m. 19,241 fans.

This drought, like the toilet bowl, is a common misery around the metro area. Because the Jets and Giants play in different conferences and do not meet each other as often as the Rangers and Islanders in hockey or the Knicks or Nets in basketball, there is less anger between the local supporters. Baseball fans in New York are more likely to pick side, either Yankees or Mets, than football fans.

The NFL has, and will, survive with two miserable teams in the nation’s No. 1 television market, and it is possible that a team, if not both at the same time, will be well again one day. But what has unfolded this season in New York is making a turnaround for both teams to look like a long-term project, with brighter days not just around the corner.

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The Giants have only reached the playoffs once in the past decade and have continued to struggle under third-year quarterback Daniel Jones. Photo: Rich Schultz / Getty Images

“How can it be that the biggest city in the world has the two worst football teams? New York deserves better than the slop the Giants and Jets have served for most of the last decade,” said Gary Myers, author and former longtime NFL columnist for the New York Daily News, to the Guardian. “The really bad news: There is no end in sight. The NFL promotes parity, but somehow the Giants and Jets, despite consistently high draft picks, have combined for just one playoff appearance in the last 10 years.

“This 11-5 season of the Giants in 2016 was an aberration,” Myers adds. “They fired their coach Ben McAdoo, who was still learning on the job, in just his second year, 12 games inside the following season. The Jets are hoping they finally got it right with GM Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson “The Jets are expected to have some success. It’s over 50 years since their only Super Bowl season. This will be a big offseason for each team, but I don’t think any ticker-tape parades are imminent.”

Just consider, first of all, what happened last Sunday with the Jets. They held on to beat Jacksonville (2-13) at home, 26-21, but the Jaguars rolled to the Jets’ one-yard line with 12 seconds left. Only the incompetence of the Jaguars saved the hosts because Jacksonville, clearly confused, was called for an illegal shift before a hasty end.

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The Giants and Jets have been beaten by the local tabloids through their decade of incompetence. Photo: New York Post

“Good teams win those games,” said Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville’s rookie quarterback.

Had the Jags scored a touchdown, the Jets would have dived under Jacksonville in the NFL’s race for the worst record due to the head-to-head loss. With Tampa Bay and Buffalo to play, the Jets could have sunk under the team that would have had the worst record, Detroit (2-12-1), ending with the crumbling Seahawks and the perhaps resting Packers.

The Jets have not had the No. 1 overall since 1996, just before they would only win one of 16 games under the overmatched Rich Kotite. (The Giants, 6-10, were not that much better, and Dan Reeves was fired as their coach.) At least the Jets ran off six non-losing seasons after that, and the Giants came to Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001.

The historically poor form of form for both teams has turned up the heat on Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and to a lesser extent Jets GM Joe Douglas. The Jets have Wilson and the intense Saleh saying things like, “The guys played their absolute ass.”

The giants just have problems. With ESPN’s reporting over the weekend, citing sources that they plan to bring second-year head coach Joe Judge and third-year quarterback Daniel Jones back in 2022, speculation is well underway as to who can replace Gettleman, whose biggest bet as GM appears to have bomb.

Nearly four years have passed since Gettleman switched up to No. 2 position in the draft to select Saquon Barkley, the dynamic running back from Penn State, over a quarterback who will eventually replace the fading veteran Eli Manning. Barkley had a fantastic rookie season and a solid second year, but tore his knee up in the second game of the 2020 season.

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Paper bags have long been a staple of the Jets’ home games. Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

This season has been a tough blow for Barkley, who missed four games with an ankle injury that looks bad and he certainly looks like he has lost a step. The Giants were trailing Philadelphia in the third quarter on Sunday by just 10-3 as Barkley took a handoff and drove up the field – only to be caught from behind after a five-yard win by Eagles linebacker Genard Avery.

Barkley only had one more tow, without a win, in a 34-10 loss before Judge took him out, citing the knocking that Barkley has taken this season. In addition, Barkley was not made available to the media either after the match or on Monday, leading to speculation that he could be suspended for the season – just like Jones, who has a neck injury that has not gone away.

“In terms of shutting him down for the year, it’s more something our medical team has not approached me about,” the judge said of Barkley.

It would probably be nice with the fans if both teams just shut it down for the year and start over. Again, like the city itself, it is the renovation project without end.

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