Ready For Some Football?
Sep 09, 2020 | 9116 views | 0 0 comments | 1003 1003 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The day after Labor Day in many ways is the start of the New Year for us in the sports radio business.

There’s the run up to playoff baseball and, of course, the return of the National Football League.

I've had many doubts about the return of some sports over the last few months, but I have to admit I've always been supremely confident that the NFL would find a way to play.

One of the reasons I felt that way is the fact that the offseason continued to operate in a business-as-usual type of fashion. After all, free agency and the draft went on without a hitch.

Will there be obstacles and challenges for the NFL just like every other sport? Of course.

That's the world we live in, but I am cautiously optimistic the NFL will be able to start and finish its season.

The thought of that is incredibly pleasant to football fans all over the country, but the reality for New York fans is that the 2020 season does not present much as far as legitimate expectations for the Jets and Giants being successful.

Vegas odds have both the Giants and Jets among the bottom third of teams around the league, and that shouldn't surprise anyone.

The Giants have not made the playoffs since 2016, which was also their only winning season since 2013.

The Jets have not been a playoff team in almost a decade, and haven't had a winning season since 2015.

So I guess if you're looking for good news, there's nowhere to go but up right?

The Giants first-year head coach Joe Judge is being dealt a terrible hand. It's your first time coaching an NFL team and you don't have a rookie minicamp, full training camp, or preseason.

Not exactly ideal.

I want to see the Giants grow as the season progresses. Will they learn how to finish games? Will Daniel Jones grow into the job? Can Saquon Barkley stay on the field and be a monster?

For the Jets, it's all about third-year quarterback Sam Darnold. He needs to play, and he needs to be productive. It's really as simple as that.

He's been put in a terrible position over the last two years, no one would deny that. However, the NFL is a results-oriented business, so fair or unfair, you have to play and produce.

The Jets will be a team trying to discover their identity in 2020. At the end of this season, you want that identity to be Sam Darnold.

For many New York football fans, there has been legit debate over weather you would rather have Sam Darnold or Daniel Jones?

Maybe by the end of Darnold's third year and Jones’ second year, there will be a definitive answer to that question.

It's been a strange, long and winding road, but folks we are days away from Week 1.

Ready or not, here comes the NFL. Buckle up!

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