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If there was an easy decryption key to the Patriots' success, someone would have found it long ago. Instead, their secret has been locked in Foxboro for more than a decade, through 15 AFC East championships in the last 16 years, eight straight appearances in the AFC championship game, nine Super Bowl appearances since 2001, and five championships so far.

In a copycat league, they are the anomaly that no one has been able to duplicate, even though everyone has tried.

Still, there are lessons to be learned for every team trying to build a franchise in the shadow of the Patriots, including the Jets and the Giants. Here are some of those lessons as the New York teams begin to rebuild their program from the ashes in the hopes of someday giving the Patriots a fight as the next dynasty in the league.

Stability in the most important places matter

OK, the obvious key to the Patriots' success is Bill Belichick and Tom Brady (and never mind that the Jets had or could've had them both). And this is easy to say because they're both future Hall-of-Famers, but it helps that they've had one man in both the coach and quarterback spot for the last 18 years.

But there's been stability elsewhere too, like in the front office and among the scouts and other people that play Belichick's supporting cast. Their offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, has been with the organization for all but three years since 2001. Their defacto defensive coordinator, Brian Flores, joined the Pats right out of college as a scouting assistant in 2004, and never left.

The players all around Brady have changed through the years, because age and injuries make roster stability impossible. But everywhere else, the Patriots look mostly the same. Meanwhile, the Jets have ridden the coach, coordinator and quarterback carousels for far too long. And the Giants have been on it since the end of the Tom Coughlin era.

The Giants should remember that they almost fired Coughlin after the 2006 season, but they showed patience and it paid off quickly. Programs need a chance to build. Coaches need chances to lead. It will help both teams immensely if the people in key positions now are still there in 2023.



Add players that fit the coach's system, not the GM's plan

The best general managers know what types of players their coaches want, and they go get them. Sure, Belichick controls player personnel in New England and the front office works for him. That's not the way it will be with the Jets or Giants. But the lesson should be the same.

Maccagnan may have players he wants, but what good will that do if Adam Gase doesn't want them? A great example of that is quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the Jets' second-round pick in 2016. He was Mike Maccagnan's guy. Former Jets head coach Todd Bowles reportedly didn't want him, and that became clear when he never got him into a game. It was the very definition of a wasted pick. So what was the point of force-feeding a player instead of picking someone that would've fit what the coach was trying to do?

That can be tough for a GM, but it's necessary. By all accounts, Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman are in sync with the Giants, but that definitely wasn't the case at the end of Coughlin's tenure with him and then-GM Jerry Reese. That caused problems for Coughlin. The coach runs the team and the locker room and knows best what they need and what fits.

Be flexible in every way

For all the consistency in some parts of the Patriots organization, there really hasn't been a lot of consistency in their overall plan the last 18 years. There have been years when they loaded up on offensive skill players, other years when they prioritized the pass rush, and some when they seemed more interested in adding to their secondary. They've won with good offensive lines and bad ones. They've been a running team and a dominant, pass-heavy one.

What Belichick is a master at is changing his approach. He gets most of the credit for in-game adjustments, but his season-to-season adjustments are amazing, too. Just look at this year's team, which suddenly revolves around its running backs, after years of being a pass-first team. Belichick saw two things: A way to buck the NFL trend, and a way to do something that fit his personnel.

That's a good lesson for the Giants and the Jets. They don't have to try to copy anyone else. They just need to survey the landscape and choose a direction. Look at what they have after free agency and the draft and do what works best for that personnel. Don't force a player like, say, defensive end Leonard Williams into a role that doesn't suit him. Find out what he does best and turn him loose. If the Jets' best targets are Quincy Enunwa and tight end Chris Herndon, tailor the offense to that. If they add a game-breaking receiver, then adjust.

The Giants, by the way, did this midseason when Shurmur realized Saquon Barkley was his best hope for success and made sure the offense ran through him.



Don't be afraid to cut your losses

This is the core of the Patriots' strategy over the last two decades and it includes several parts. They've dumped nearly as many of their own draft picks as the Jets, so it's not that their drafting has been stellar. But Belichick is not afraid to acknowledge a mistake and move on (Maccagnan probably should get some credit for that too). It's so much better than sticking with a player who clearly isn't good enough just to prove a point.

That also impacts his philosophies with taking a chance on players that others don't want, or who some think are too much trouble. They've ranged from Randy Moss to Chad Ochocinco to LeGarrette Blount to Darrelle Revis to Josh Gordon, to countless others. Belichick brings them in on low-risk deals and isn't afraid to get rid of them if they don't work out for any reason. Most of the time he ends up with an underrated star.

He also has displayed a knack for being willing to get rid of players, or to let them go by not meeting their price, maybe a year too early -- which is always better than a year too late. That can lead to some mistakes (defensive end Chandler Jones might be the biggest example), but more often than not his decision has proven right.

There's no reason to stick with a player that doesn't fit or isn't producing enough to warrant his salary. The Jets need to ponder that when they figure out what to do with Williams. The Giants made some decisions like that already -- see guard Patrick Omameh -- and have decisions like that to make with Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins. Maybe quarterback Eli Manning too.

Culture and environment matter

This is enormous and hard to define. Belichick runs one of the tightest ships in the league, and players that have left there acknowledge it's difficult, sometimes painful and includes some rules they may find hard to accept. But players want to go there because they know it works and they know they'll have a chance to win the ring.

Belichick built that culture by winning, most importantly, but by also always making sure he had "his guys" in the room. There have always been veteran leaders who can keep the rest of the room in line by reminding them that Belichick's plan is a sound one. The Jets, over the last few years, haven't had that. Their locker room has been an undisciplined mess and some of their leaders didn't even buy in.

The Giants are on their way towards that, cleaning out players they felt were trouble, like Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple and Ereck Flowers. The result has been a better locker room and a group that acts like a team. Gase needs to get any remaining players who aren't buying in to the Jets' program out, no matter how talented they are. Then he needs to work to win over the leaders he has left in the room, particularly Sam Darnold and safety Jamal Adams.

If the leaders buy in and the winning starts, everything else will be easier. And that winning culture is something that can be built pretty fast.

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Sometimes it just takes a step away from the game to realize that you're just not done with it yet. Just ask Brett Favre. He did it numerous times. 

This is Ryan Kalil's first time returning to the game after announcing his retirement after last season. Jets GM Joe Douglas convinced him that it wasn't his time to lock up the cleats and pads for good, and he knew it was the right move on Sunday -- when he was pacing the Jets' locker room getting ready for his initial first team reps of training camp. 

"Everyone was making fun of me, I was pacing the locker room like 30 minutes before anybody else was dressed," Kalil told The Post's Mollie Walker after practice. "It's why I came back. I love football. I just do." 

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Jets head coach Adam Gase had a simple, three-word response when asked if he regretted leaving in Avery Williamson as long as he did in Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons.

"Yes, I do."

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Gase on Bell and Williamson 00:01:31
Adam Gase informed everyone that Le'Veon Bell won't play in the preseason while admitting he regrets Avery Williamson getting hurt.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Le'Veon Bell takes the field on Opening Day, he will have gone 19 months without playing in an actual NFL game. And as much as he says he'll be ready, and the Jets believe him, there's no way anyone can know for sure.

But that's OK. A little mystery is better than an untimely injury - especially one that could ruin the Jets entire season. That's why Adam Gase is smart to be cautious with his star running back. And the decision he announced on Sunday night to keep the 27-year-old Bell out for the entire preseason is absolutely the right move.

The last thing the Jets need is to lose Bell before they even have a chance to use him. They spent $52.5 million on him in March, even upping their offer to seal the deal, because they knew he'd be the linchpin of Gase's attack. They viewed him as the perfect weapon to help their young, star quarterback and a way to take the pressure off their undermanned receiving corps.

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Le'Veon Bell did not suit up for either of the Jets' first two preseason games, and as head coach Adam Gase told reporters following Sunday's Green and White scrimmage, he won't see the field until their Week 1 matchup with the Bills on Sept. 8. 

"Le'Veon will not play this week," Gase said. "He won't play in the fourth game. We will be holding him until the season." 

Gase had previously hinted at the possibility of keeping Bell on the sidelines until the regular season opener following Saturday's practice.

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Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet (6) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants once learned the lesson in the most painful way possible. For years they took their specialists for granted. They got kickers and punters as cheaply as possible, converted long-snappers from other positions, and considered all three very disposable and interchangeable parts.

Then came their horrific loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs in 2003, when they lost 39-38 on a dreadful triple disaster by their long-snapper, punter/holder, and kicker when they were lining up for what should've been a game-winning kick.

That's when GM Ernie Accorsi vowed: Never again. And that offseason he went on a special spending spree, bringing in quality veterans at long-snapper (Ryan Kuehl), punter (Jeff Feagles) and kicker (Mike Hollis, and later Steve Christie). He did not want to see his team lose a game ever again just because he tried to save a few bucks at those positions.

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As a defensive back for the team from 2015-18, Buster Skrine has seen the Jets' quarterbacks firsthand across four years in New York.

Now with the Chicago Bears, Skrine discussed where his former team is heading under Sam Darnold.

Skrine returned to MetLife Stadium on Friday for week two of the preseason in the Bears' 32-13 loss to the Giants. After the game, he spoke to Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media and had high praise for his former quarterback.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

For the second-straight game, the Jets took the field for a preseason meeting without running back Le'Veon Bell on Thursday. That same trend could continue during their final two preseason games as well. 

New York head coach Adam Gase indicated on Friday that Bell, 27, didn't play during the team's exhibition against the Falcons because of a good week of practice. 

"I just liked his week of practice," Gase said. "He got a ton of reps this week."

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The Jets have added a new linebacker following Avery Williamson's season-ending torn ACL.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they have signed veteran Albert McClellan and placed Williamson on Injured Reserve.

A 33-year-old out of Marshall, McClellan played his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, before splitting time last season with the Ravens and New England Patriots. 

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Three Jets to bring to dinner 00:01:26
Jamal Adams is a given, but Trevor Siemian as a dinner guest? Adam Gase and Joe Douglas list the three Jets they would take to dinner.

Which three current Jets would you invite to dinner?

That was the question asked to head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas, as they walked the Jets' practice field.

Jamal Adams seems like an obvious answer, but some of Gase's choices may be a bit of a surprise. 

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Former Jets quarterback Josh McCown, who retired in June after spending the last two of his 16 professional seasons with the team, has now decided to un-retire according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. McCown will sign a one year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, making them his eleventh NFL team. The contract includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, per source.

Last season with the Jets, he appeared in four games after starter Sam Darnold was out with a foot injury. McCown had been a strong mentor for the No. 3 pick in the 2018 Draft, and had spoken very highly of him.

"I root for those guys, and I want to see Sam have a lot of success. Now he has to make it happen. If he needs me, I'm only a phone call away," McCown said.

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Jamal Adams praises C.J. Mosley 00:01:07
Bart Scott asks Jamal Adams about his request for more "dogs," and how the addition of C.J. Mosley adds to the team and helps the defense.

Jamal Adams has already proven himself to be a leader on the back end of the Jets' defense.

This past offseason, the team went out and added CJ Mosley in free agency, adding another playmaker, and giving Adams another leader he can rely on in the Jets' front seven.

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The most important thing for every NFL team in every preseason game is to simply come out of it with their starting lineup intact. Whatever the starters get out of a few meaningless snaps is rarely worth the risk of a devastating injury.

The Jets and linebacker Avery Williamson were just reminded of that in the worst way possible, thanks to the worst decision of Adam Gase's short Jets career.

The Jets suffered a huge blow on Friday when their worst fears were confirmed - that Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the Jets' 22-10 win in Atlanta on Thursday night. And the insult to the injury is that it was truly meaningless and could have - should have - been avoided. The 27-year-old was injured with 3:52 left in the first half, long after all the other Jets defensive starters had departed.

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)
New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

The Jets received a big blow to their defense on Friday as linebacker Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's first report on the injury. Williamson will miss the entire 2019 season. 

Williamson was curiously left in Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons for an extended amount of time when he sustained the injury. 

Williamson went down on the field with approximately four minutes left in the first half while in coverage on a passing play. The Jets brought in a new defensive coordinator this offseason in Gregg Williams and Williamson was tabbed as the defensive play-caller on the field. 

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New Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said this week that he hasn't really started bringing the pressure with his play-calls yet.

All that changed on Thursday night.

Actually, it didn't matter because he was getting plenty of pressure from his defensive line, but Williams turned up the heat in the second game of the preseason. The Jets were all over Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 22-10 win in Atlanta. They sacked him three times on the 17 times he dropped back to pass, and pressured him on almost every other pass. He was still 10 of 14 for 118 yards thanks to his talent and a porous Jets secondary. But by the time he left, one thing was clear:

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Darnold talks exciting offense 00:01:08
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold explains the impact running backs Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery will have in Jets offense.

Through two preseason games, the Jets have looked strong on both sides of the ball.

Sam Darnold and the first-team offense have shown efficiency moving the ball down the field, and Gregg Williams' defense proved on Thursday that they can bring the heat on opposing quarterbacks.

One glaring issue for the Jets through these two games, though, has been their kicking game.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder (82) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Owens) (Michael Owens/AP)

The Jets wide receiver room doesn't exactly scare anyone from top-to-bottom, but there's talent. 

The top-three targets for quarterback Sam Darnold on the outside are Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Quincy Enunwa. In that group, New York head coach Adam Gase doesn't want or see football players.

Instead, Gase wants basketball players, and he thinks he's got them. 

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts (27) warms up before his game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets continue their preseason schedule on Thursday night on the road against the Falcons in Atlanta. Their first game was a loss in the "Snoopy Bowl" to the Giants, something they're looking to bounce back from tonight. 

It will definitely be a tough task to do so, especially when you consider one big strength and one big weakness for the Falcons and Jets respectively. 

Last season, the Falcons -- led by Matt Ryan on the offensive side of the ball -- were a pass-heavy team. That's not to say the rest of the NFL hasn't turned into that, but the Falcons did better than most teams. They finished fourth in passing offense for the regular season with 209.8 yards per game. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets' hottest new commodity in Le'Veon Bell is still getting acclimated to his new team. He was absent from most of the team's offseason voluntary workouts as he continued his routine of working out in Miami to prepare for the new season. 

But, since Bell has been at training camp for the past few weeks, his new Jets teammates are learning what the dynamic running back is like on and off the field. 

In between the hashes, Bell is the exact same player that he was when we last saw him: a patient yet explosive back that knows how to read defenses and make his opponents miss. He didn't show that against the Giants in preseason Week 1 as he sat out, but there have been spurts at practice where he's shown his mastery with the ball in his hands. 

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From Alabama to New Jersey 00:00:32
Quinnen Williams may turn some heads when you hear how the Jets defensive tackle thinks New Jersey is just like Alabama.

As Quinnen Williams gets acclimated to his new team, the Jets first-rounder is also getting used to his new surroundings. 

Sitting down alongside his D-linemate Leonard Williams and SNY's Jeane Coakley, Quinnen Williams admitted that he has never been this far north. He has been in Alabama his entire life, growing up in Birmingham and playing in Tuscaloosa. 

But Quinnen Williams is slowly learning how cool New York City and New Jersey can be. And maybe one day soon Leonard Williams will take him out on the town...

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold discusses the relationship he has with new head coach Adam Gase and what's he's learned from him.

Sam Darnold had an impressive preseason debut last Thursday, and that may have a lot to do with his relationship with head coach Adam Gase.

The second-year quarterback was recently asked to describe what he enjoys the most about getting to know his new head coach, and Darnold explained that Gase has offered him advice pertaining to both on the field and off of it. 

"He's crazy in the best way. I think we all are," Darnold said about his head coach. "You've got to be a little crazy in this profession, and it's fun to be able to gameplan with him, talk about football, but the coolest thing is being able to talk to him about things outside football - family life, friends and family, all of that kind of stuff."  

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Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Dec 23, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive back Marcus Cooper (21) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

After the Jets lost their top cornerback in Trumaine Johnson following Sunday's practice, GM Joe Douglas moved swiftly to help fill the void.

The Jets signed seventh-year veteran Marcus Cooper, the team announced on Tuesday, waiving tight end Nick Truesdell to create room.

The Detroit Lions cut Cooper on Monday.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets knew the cornerback position was their biggest flaw, even before Trumaine Johnson injured his hamstring at practice on Sunday. They were shorthanded from the start at one of the most important positions in football.

Now, with Johnson out for the foreseeable future -- "I don't think it's going to be months," Adam Gase said, "but I mean, we'll see." -- the situation is dire.

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Gregg Williams says if you have to tell players they need to be competitive then they're not the right players, and high praise for Quinnen.

The Jets' intensity level at training camp thus far has been through the roof, and that's always a good sight when there is so much change going on with a franchise. Head coach Adam Gase is setting the tone early on with his offensive group, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is doing the same with his unit. 

When those competitive juices do get flowing at practice, the Jets have seen a scuffle or two occur on the gridiron. 

And that's perfectly fine for Williams in particular. Speaking after practice on Tuesday, Williams explained to the media that he loves his highly-competitive group, and the fights and arguments at practice will happen when everyone is competing for a job on the 53-man roster. 

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New York Jets Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath discusses the expectations and improvement he's seen in starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

If there's anyone who knows what it takes to play quarterback for the Jets, it's probably the man who was under center for the team's lone Super Bowl appearance and victory. 

And Joe Namath continues to be impressed by the player who is now taking snaps for Gang Green some 50 years later, Sam Darnold.

"I liked what I saw of him physically when he was at Southern Cal before he got here," Namath said. "When he got here, I liked what the coaches and players had to say about him.

 

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Following the first week of the exhibition season in the NFL, the optimism surrounding both of New York's football teams is through the roof. 

The Jets' Sam Darnold led a single drive that was near perfect, as the second-year pro was 4-for-5 passing with a touchdown. The Giants' once looked down upon rookie QB in Daniel Jones was one pass better, as he was 5-for-5 passing with a touchdown.

So... Jets vs. Giants Super Bowl?

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Joe Douglas' go-to Karaoke song 00:00:52
Jeane Coakley finds out that Joe Douglas and Adam Gase might sing Pearl Jam and Take Me Home, Country Roads as their Karaoke choices.

For players, coaches and general managers alike, training camp is a grind. Between meetings, workouts and practices, it can sometimes seem the work never stops. So, every now and then, who doesn't need to blow off some steam and belt it out at karaoke night?

Well, Adam Gase, for one. The Jets head coach told SNY's Jeane Coakley that he'd "never be asked to do karaoke and would decline if he was." But general manager Joe Douglas takes Gase for a grunge guy, saying he could "crush" Pearl Jam, given the opportunity. 

Douglas is more of a low-key, country-western guy himself, tapping Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" as his specialties when he gets the mic. 

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold calls out to teammates as running back Ty Montgomery, right, looks on during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold said following his team's preseason opener against the Giants last week that he's hoping the first-team offense gave fans a "taste" of what's to come in 2019.

The second-year QB was 4-for-5 passing in the game with a touchdown pass. Running back Le'Veon Bell didn't play in the game and the starters only played one series. Regardless, the group left a good impression.

The Jets will continue their exhibition season on Thursday against the Falcons and head coach Adam Gase revealed that the team will probably give fans a bigger taste than it did in Week 1. 

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The Jets have a favorite for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award in running back Le'Veon Bell

BetOnline recently released odds for the honor, and Bell is tied with 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the favorite to win the award at 4/1 odds.

Bell, 27, would be a true comeback, as he signed a four-year deal worth $52.5 million and $35 million guaranteed this offseason after sitting out the entire 2018 season while looking for a new contract from the Steelers. 

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Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 25, 2019; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) during Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Entering training camp, cornerback was viewed as one of the weakest positions on the Jets' roster. Many view Darryl Roberts, who started five games at cornerback last year and another five at free safety, as an inadequate option to start across from Trumaine Johnson. Johnson, of course, had his own issues with injuries and insubordination last year, too.

In the first preseason game, Roberts and Johnson weren't tested in their brief appearance. However, concern intensified about the depth on the roster, as the second unit struggled badly. Derrick Jones, who was released the next day, was burned for a long catch and Parry Nickerson gave up a number of catches, including one that went for a 51-yard touchdown. Rookie Kyron Brown also had a bad mistake that led to a 22-yard gain as he sought to jump the route on a pass to the slot receiver, leaving his man open on the outside.

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When the Jets took the practice field on Monday, there was a bit of a change at cornerback. 

While Darryl Roberts have been the starting corner on the right side with the first-teamers thus far, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown out of Akron was opposite him. And Brown was exposed early on during team drills, as Robby Anderson flat out beat him on a crossing route for a 40-yard gain. 

The reason Brown was in with the first team to begin with was due to Trumaine Johnson's hamstring injury that now has him out indefinitely. The Jets were already short when it comes to cornerback depth. 

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