For Better Or Worse, Jets and Giants Have To Rely On the Backup Quarterbacks
Right now, both the New York Giants and New York Jets are playing with backup quarterbacks – and both are coming off better-than-expected performances last weekend.
With Aaron Rodgers still on the sidelines, Zach Wilson and the Jets stunned the previously undefeated Eagles, and Tyrod Taylor had the Giants one play away from beating the Buffalo Bills while starter Daniel Jones was on the sidelines.
That’s the focus on this morning’s Two Minute Drill here on the WDHA Morning Jolt.
JIM MONAGHAN – Friday morning on the DHA Morning Jolt means Two-Minute Drill time. I’m Jim Monaghan along with Chris Swendeman. Swendeman, let’s talk backup quarterbacks this week on the Two-Minute Drill. Jets in a bye. For all intents and purposes, Zach Wilson is a backup quarterback. He’s going to be there for a while. And the thing I noticed in the game last weekend was he looked like he was having fun for the first time in a long time.
CHRIS SWENDEMAN – I agree with you, Jim. I definitely saw some smiles on the sidelines from him. He looked comfortable. And I think the Denver game, which we talked about a couple of weeks ago, was going to be the get-right game for him. And it was the make or break. And I think he finally made it and got the confidence of his teammates. And that goes a long way with helping him. And you could see it on the sidelines that he’s finally embracing the role he has and having some fun with it, which he needs.
JM – He didn’t have a particularly great game, but the defense was phenomenal. And whether it was the defense or Jalen Hurts being exposed, that was some performance by the Jets defense.
CS – I mean, they had three interceptions and they could have had four. I mean, the Jets D, for all the accomplishments they get, I don’t even think it’s enough. I got to be honest. The Jets D is a force, and they really showed how strong they can compete with the elite team by really giving Jalen Hurts and that Philly offense run for their money and getting the win.
JM – Meanwhile, you’ve got Tyrod Taylor, who’s probably going to be playing again for the Giants this weekend against the Commanders. And again, I know Tyrod Taylor has some starting experience in his career, but for a backup quarterback, he looked like he was having fun. I love the way he was moving on the field, bouncing up and down. Again, not statistically a great game, but you get them up against Buffalo the way they did, I thought he played a very good game.
CS – You’re talking about a guy who two, three plays away, you know and two plays at the end of the game, Jim, that really were questionable. That Buffalo really kind of you can say Buffalo got away with that game because Tyrod had them at the goal line ready to score and was just shy of getting them. And even at the half, other than that kind of bonehead play at the end of the half, I mean, Tyrod had them in position to win that game.
JM – I think the following weekend’s Jets-Giants game could be very interesting to watch.
CS – Absolutely. Tyrod Taylor, I think Tyrod’s got this team a little bit more at ease. He gave the defense a break and what they need. And you have a Zach Wilson who’s getting his momentum with the Jets. This could be a very interesting game next week.
JM – So you’ve got the jets with the Buy Giants with the Commanders this week. That’s the DHA two minute drill here at one of 5.5 W DHA. Thanks, Swendy.
CS – You got it, Jim. Have a great weekend. Talk to you next week.