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The New York Jets and New York Giants just keep stumbling along

The New Yotk Giants and New York Jets have managed to redefine ”dumpster fire.” Both seem to be in a spastic type mode, and both seem to find ways to make fans uncomfortably dizzy.

The Jets and Giants are trying to remake themselves. Think of a reboot in perpetual motion. The Jets, who drafted a would be franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold are also tinkering with the front office. Their counterpart has sent fans into a panic with a curious draft pick to replace Eli Manning.

It almost seems both are engaged in a race to the bottom, and are picking up speed. See a trend here?

The NFL in the largest media market in the world is floundering, badly. Both have had opportunities via the draft. Both have selected a quarterback in the last two years, and both seem to want to restart the clock with fans who are growing anxious for something good. If the offseason is any indication, many will be left anxious.

While some will say that the Jets getting rid of their GM Mike Maccagnan wasn’t a terrible surprise, the timing and method is reasonable to question. Adam Gase, who was not a big fan of his offseason acquisitions is now in charge, albeit temporarily.

As for the Giants, fans of Big Blue have not been a fan of the selection of Daniel Jones. GM Dave Gettleman, who is desperate for another year or two from his veteran quarterback, hopes the future will be kind to his selection.

Manning can expect the label ”mentor” alongside his role as quarterback in New York. 2019 will also find the microscope harsher than in previous seasons. While the urge to push Daniels into the starting role has little steam, a few bad outings come the regular season will change that game plan.

Of the two organizations, it’s the Jets who are most likely to see success sooner than the Giants. Darnold will benefit from a running back like Le’veon Bell and Gase will benefit the second-year quarterback.

For the Giants, it’s the inevitable wait as Manning gets another season older, and a rookie quarterback sits and waits.

Some NFL observers continue to point at organizations like the Raiders and Browns as disasters waiting to happen. A good argument can be made that such disasters are happening in real time in New York. In Cleveland, there is genuine palpable hope that Baker Mayfield and Odell Bekham Jr. are a team on the rise who could contend for a division crown in the AFC North. Oakland looks settled down and settled on Derek Carr at quarterback. They are also a year away from greener pastures in Las Vegas.

For Jets and Giants fans, their almost seems more questions than answers, more uncertainty than a plan destined for success.

Neither NFL franchise in New York will challenge for a titles in 2018. The New England Patriots have a stranglehold on the AFC East. In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys may be the best in the division but could be challenged by either Philadelphia or Washington. The Giants simply aren’t good enough to even be a surprise consideration.

The NFL in Gotham isn’t dead. It’s also unfair to say it’s on life support. It is fair to say they just aren’t very good and continue to draw attention to themselves for everything but a winning game plan. As far as dumpster fires go, it may not be a raging one, but it’s definitely smoldering.