Zach Wilson's Jets Spiral Helps Daniel Jones' Giants Future

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Some Jets and Giants fans, to be sure, are tribal even in their New York football-watching habits. They saw the green team lose (pathetically) on Thursday or the blue team (tragically) lose on Saturday, but not both, by no means.

But if you’ve watched both – you’re a pan-New York fan, you’re unaffiliated, you’re curious, you’re the kind of omnivorous sports consumer or NFL junkie who will watch, say, a pointless Rams-Broncos game booked right in the middle of a holiday (hey, no judgment) – the double feature left a distinct impression: Zach Wilson made Daniel Jones look good.

Wilson stumbled, stuttered and lost clues as the overworked actor at open mic night who is kicked offstage – except there were thousands of people booing, millions more watching via his paper towel delivery service and he got a payment of six figure checking game your problem. With the Jets’ season on the line in a final 19-3 loss to the Jaguars, Wilson was replaced by the fourth-string coach guy after two and a half quarters… and it took a long time. He was cringe-worthy.

Jones’ performance two days later in a 27-24 loss to the Vikings, in the vacuum, was admirable (30 for 42 for 334 yards, a third-down pressure shot that Richie James fouled to force a fourth-quarter field goal , a guaranteed touchdown in the final minutes, a perfect touchdown pass for the game-tying 2-point conversion) if not elite (an interception and a brutal three-and-out on two other chances to retake the lead in the fourth quarter). . The Giants offense rarely looks better. But when you compare the city’s young quarterbacks? There was no comparison. When do you rate Jones on the Zach Wilson Curve? This was All-Pro stuff.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones #8 throwing a pass against the Minnesota Vikings on December 24, 2022.
Daniel Jones completed 30 passes for 334 yards and led a fourth-quarter comeback in the Giants’ last-second loss to the Vikings.
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Wilson’s downward spiral should remind us: Do you want to replace Jones with a younger, cheaper, better-functioning QB model? Good luck. You’re not even rolling the dice with Bryce Young, CJ Stroud or Will Levis – the Giants currently project to get the 23rd pick. This is the Anthony Richardson/Spencer Rattler zone. The Jets had second pick and a GM in Joe Douglas, who has enough of a lead on what he’s up to to select the year’s favorite offensive and defensive rookie of the year the following spring, and it looks like they still got it wrong.

This stuff is tough! There’s a list of 2020 franchise quarterbacks that goes something like: Mahomes, Allen, Burrow, Herbert, wholesome Lamar Jackson… Hurts, Lawrence, Prescott… Brock Purdy (just kidding, maybe). The Browns plugged their noses to employ alleged serial sex pest Deshaun Watson, only for him to stink at the quarterback part of the job as well. The Dolphins were calling “did you go up?” texting Tom Brady again after Tua Tagovailoa (a brain injury or two later, to be fair) spent most of Sunday throwing the ball to the other team.

So if the Giants wanted to line up this offseason for a Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo or Aaron Rodgers(!) from the pigskin world, they’d have plenty of company, likely including their motivated neighbors at MetLife Stadium and the back pages of The Post.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) struggles with the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium.
Tua Tagovailoa’s struggles in Sunday’s defeat of the Dolphins again underscore the difficulty of developing an NFL-grade A quarterback.

Twenty months after casting Wilson, days after Chris Streveler and “We want Flacco!” and CHRISTMESS JEER, the Jets are essentially back to the drawing board in the most important position in professional sports. It’s the worst place to be.

The giants know this. If they don’t, Jones’ agent will remind them.

Jones has at least two games left on his contract at halfback for the Giants. He also has up to six, including the playoffs, which would make this whole conversation pretty moot.

The Post’s Steve Serby says Jones has already shown enough to deserve a comeback, writing, “Jones has proven to be a worthy successor to Eli Manning.” And if Giants decision makers and Giants fans can still dream of replacing Jones, they need look no further than what happened Thursday night at Meadowlands for the downside of the nightmare.

Today’s back page

The back cover of the New York Post on December 26, 2022.
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carlos danger

The Mets and Carlos Correa were still working to consummate a free agent contract, The Post’s Jon Heyman reported Sunday night, the day after news broke that the Mets had flagged a problem with Correa’s physical.

The issue, according to Heyman, “is believed to concern ankle surgery done in 2014 and a subsequent MRI,” supposedly the same concern that scuttled Correa’s previous deal with the Giants.

Heyman wrote, “Ultimately, the sides may need to agree on language to protect the Mets at the very least. It’s unclear whether Correa is motivated enough to agree to any kind of reworking of terms” — that’s $315 million over 12 years, in case you’ve forgotten or just enjoy watching Steve Cohen in your pocket — “or even if the Mets suggest anything along those lines.”

Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins tags Ryan Kreidler #32 of the Detroit Tigers at second base in the seventh inning at Comerica Park on October 2, 2022.
The Mets’ hurdle in completing a free agent deal with Carlos Correa will make the questionable health of his right ankle a shadow over his potential Queens tenure.
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Let’s say this is done. Still, what a bummer! It’s a bummer for Correa, who now has to wear that damaged-goods tag and answer questions about the metal on his ankle, rather than about his baton bursting and his glove’s magic (or, for that matter, about trash cans). 🇧🇷

And it’s a bummer for Mets fans, who might be distracted by the ticking time bomb sounds of being totally excited about adding one of the best baseball players on the planet to their favorite team.

Because now questions about Correa’s ankle will arise. Every time Correa slides hard to base or fouls a shin ball, every time he throws a pitcher down the third base line and plants hard to his right leg to punt first, the collective breath of Citi Field will catch . Is it when the infamous ankle gives way?

That’s a buzzkill, however, as Correa’s contract and possible Queens spell eventually runs out.

Not a jolly Knicks-but

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) checks his hip during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Sunday, December 25, 2022.
Jalen Brunson grabs his hip during the Knicks’ Christmas Day loss to the heavily favored 76ers.
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The Knicks (18-16) wake up Monday morning in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, three games behind fifth – held by the 76ers, who edged them out slightly at a Christmas matinee 119-112 – and three games away from #11 and out of the postseason play-in position. There is a certain clarity to this.

Remember: these Christmas games are TV decorations. The Knicks are a fixture because they are one of the NBA’s glory franchises and can fill the Garden at noon ET on holiday. Does not make the game count more in the rankings; it’s one of 82. Last year at Christmas they beat the Hawks, Kemba Walker hunted a feel-good triple-double, and two guys named Tyler Hall and Matt Mooney apparently got minutes – a lot of good that did.

So there’s no shame in losing to the Sixers with Joel Embiid (35 points) and James Harden in form (29 points, 13 assists). It’s a shame they lost Friday night, also at home, to the 11th-ranked Bulls after missing a late hundred free throws and letting DeMar DeRozan take his place. The Knicks’ playoff aspirations will hinge on winning more than losing against their middle-class teammates.

Oh, and making sure Jalen Brunson – who departed in the fourth quarter after grabbing the hip – remains on his feet.

Quentin Grimes of the New York Knicks tries to check James Harden, guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, during an NBA game on December 25, 2022.
The Knicks’ defense, so stingy of late, allowed James Harden to have 29 points and 13 assists.
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Other Christmas Scores: Mavericks 124, Lakers 115; Celtics 139, Bucks 118; Warriors 123, Grizzlies 109; Nuggets 128, Suns 125 (OT).

Three points:

• Is Harden “seriously considering” a return to the Rockets? Do the Rockets know about this? Is Harden also seriously considering trying to leverage a new contract with the Sixers?

• Did the Hornets and free agent Miles Bridges – who recently pleaded not guilty to an allegation of assaulting his then-girlfriend in front of their children – just start “gaining steam” on a new deal the Friday afternoon before Christmas?

• Putting a fake trade in the universe: Draymond Green, on an expiring contract, post-punch, with the Warriors in neutral, to the Nets, needing a playoff-ready defender.

happy boxing day

A week after the World Cup, we are all still interested in football, right? Right? RIGHT!?!

Well, Monday is Boxing Day in England, traditionally one of the highlights of the Premier League calendar, and in this year of a peculiar autumn World Cup, it’s also when the world’s most competitive league restarts after a break. of six weeks. Plus a chance to chat with some of your new favorites.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates his fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on April 19, 2022 in Liverpool, England.
Liverpool, starring Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, will take part in the Premier League’s Boxing Day season restart.
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The USA Network will broadcast a treble between Brentford-Tottenham (7:30am), Leicester City-Newcastle (10am) and Aston Villa-Liverpool (12:30pm).

• Tottenham have England captain Harry Kane, South Korea’s masked hero Son Heung-min and Brazilian striker Richarlison, the injured bicycle kick scorer, as well as French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

• Newcastle are a surprising third in the standings and will be hoping to maintain their Champions League position (top four qualify).

• From Liverpool, you may remember the Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson or the Spanish midfielder Thiago; not-so-Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, whose national team missed the World Cup.

• Arsenal v West Ham, arguably the best game of the day, is shown at 3pm on Peacock. Arsenal top the Premier League and now face the dual challenge of regaining the momentum they had before the hiatus and dealing with the absence of striker Gabriel Jesus, injured during Brazil’s World Cup stay.

At the end of the week, Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea return on Tuesday, and United States captain Tyler Adams’ Leeds United play on Wednesday.