Saturday’s preseason tune-up a sign of things to come for local football fans
by John Jastremski
Aug 29, 2017 | 869 views | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Preseason football should always be taken with a grain of salt. It’s one of the theories I’ve based my life and my football fandom on.

More often than not, it’s wise not to jump the gun. Unless of course the results you see on the field seem that obvious.

After Saturday, it was very easy to jump to conclusions with how the 2017 season is going to shake out for both of the local football teams.

There was not a doubt in my mind that Saturday’s regular season tune-up between the Jets and Giants was rather telling for what’s to come over the next couple of months.

Why? Well, because one team had all the makings of a playoff contender and the other had all the makings of a complete dumpster fire.

The New York Giants are far from a perfect team. They have their issues on the offensive line and their quarterback is no spring chicken.

That said, they have the “look” of a playoff team.

Their offense was able to move the ball at will and that was without the services of the outstanding wide receiver duo of Odell Beckham, Jr. and Brandon Marshall.

The Giants have the pieces offensively, and they should have a top-five defense in the NFL: a top-notch secondary, a terrific pass rush and a terrific rush defense.

It’s the sort of formula that allows you to dream about the postseason in August if you root for Big Blue.

If you’re a Giants fan dreaming about the playoffs and a deep run in January, it makes perfect sense.

On the other side of town, there’s only one thing Jets fans are dreaming of: the first or second pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

This isn’t breaking news.

The Jets have set their 2017 season up to be a failure, but my goodness was that on full display on Saturday night against the Giants defense.

The Jets have without question the worst offense in the NFL going into 2017.

Ask yourself, what exactly do the New York Jets do well offensively?

They can’t block, they can’t run, and their weapons at wide receiver are not up to NFL standards.

It doesn’t matter who lines up under center as the Jets quarterback this season, they’re not going to succeed.

You’ll hear about McCown, Hackenberg and Petty, but are any of these quarterbacks the guy you look towards the future with?

The answer is an overwhelming no.

The Jets season sadly has one objective. Lose as many games as possible so the quarterback of the future can be signed, sealed and delivered in the 2018 NFL Draft.

So even though it’s preseason, the expectations are clear for New York football in 2017. One team thinking playoffs, the other thinking draft.

Enough said.

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