Giants vs. Jets: Who’s The Best of The Worst?
By Maya Gomes and Abe Rothstein
As every New York sports fan knows, the past few years have not been ideal. New York football especially has been caught lacking: the Jets have not made the playoffs in 10 years, and despite their 2 Super Bowl wins in 2008 and 2012, the Giants have had trouble making the playoffs since. Yet, despite the common disappointment, these two teams are not the same.
“Winning is such a cultural thing,” said Ari Horwitz (‘21), a long time Giants fan. “You can’t teach that. In order to have a winning team, you need a group of players that are willing to sacrifice for each other. I think [head coach] Joe Judge [and the Giants] have that. The Jets don’t have that hope or that optimism. There’s no reason to.”
At 3-7 [now 4-7], the Giants do not have a lot to brag about. However, according to Ari, this record is a little misleading.
“The Giants have the pieces they need. They just need to put them together. Even this year, being 3-7, it doesn’t feel like we’re 3-7. We’ve been in every game. We’ve been close. Joe Judge is a great coach. To have Jason Garrett as an offensive coordinator is a blessing. These guys will lead us to something great if we can just put a team together on the field. That’s what the Jets have none of.”
After the hiring of Head Coach Adam Gase in the offseason of 2019, the New York Jets organization and fanbase were optimistic, especially with the exciting play of QB Sam Darnold in the last four games of the 2018 season. That offseason, the Jets signed All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, Pro Bowl linebacker CJ Mosely, and others. The Jets also drafted defensive lineman Quinnen WIlliams third overall, and for the first time in a long time, the future seemed bright. But then Sam Darnold got mono and everything went downhill. CJ Mosely only played 2 games, Le’Veon Bell did not have the big year everyone was hoping for but the once 0-5 Jets finished the year 7-9.
“I don’t think the Jets have a future,” Ari continued. “If they get Trevor [Lawrence, the projected first overall pick in the 2020 draft,] and they fire [head coach Adam] Gase, who knows. But the problem is they are trading away all of their young talent. What kind of message does that send if you draft people, only for them to request a trade. You can’t win when no one wants to be there.”
“You love your team regardless of how well they do, but it doesn’t mean you love what the team is doing. The Giants fans, regardless of who is there, they’ll always support their team, their organization. Jets fans hate Gase. They hate [owner] Woody Johnson. They hate the owners, they hate the team. It’s terrible.”
“It almost feels as if the organization doesn’t care about their fans” agreed Jets fan Owen Smith (‘21).
“The underdog, gritty toughness, that’s who the Giants are. That’s our identity. The Jets need to find who they are as an organization, and then build around that. I feel so bad. You want to say something mean, you want to have that rivalry, but you can’t kick someone when they are already down. I know whatever I say, [Jets fans] already know. I can’t do it.”