Keeping Joe Judge is a Mistake for Giants

Joe Judge
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After such an embarrassing coaching job on the final game of a 4-13 season, it has been reported that Joe Judge will keep his job for now. Black Monday saw the firings of multiple head coaches, so the retaining of Judge came to the surprise of many Giants fans and experts. The one change that did come Monday was now-former Giants GM Dave Gettleman announcing his retirement.

Embarrassing End to Season

“We’ll play every play like it has a history and a life of its own, with a relentless, competitive attitude,” said Giants HC Joe Judge on his introductory press conference on Jan. 9, 2020. Fast forward exactly two years later, Judge decided to run QB sneaks on second-and-11 and third-and-9 near their end zone in the first half, indicating that he has no faith in his team.

That moment left the FOX broadcasting crew so dumbfounded that Darryl Johnston said, “I mean, really? You’re at the 4-yard line and you don’t feel comfortable enough in your offense to be able to run a traditional play?” His partner Chris Myers responded, “This is sad.”

The Giants matchup against The Washington Football Team on Sunday was their last game of the season, losing 22-7. It was also the final time they lose embarrassingly until the next season.

Most coaches of losing teams would consider the final game a nothing-to-really-lose moment, but not Judge. In the situation of the offense on their 4-yard line, most coaches would call a hand-off to the running back or a screenplay, but not Judge. Something that would not show that you are giving up would have been enough.

It is very hard to justify Judge keeping his job for the foreseeable future after watching him give up in broad daylight while down 6-0 in the first half.

Search for a New GM

With Gettleman out as general manager, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch will be searching for a new one that can take over and hopefully fix the current state of the team. The one issue is that they want to have Joe Judge as the head coach, limiting their pool of candidates to those who like Judge.

After this abysmal season, Judge has done enough to deserve losing his job. Examples such as poor use of timeouts throughout the season, poor special teams play, none creative use of plays, terrible offensive play in the final eight games, Judge’s 11-minute rant about how the Giants are not a “clown show organization”, and the two QB sneaks debacle. And they also finished 4-13 after being 6-10 last season.

It would be irresponsible to limit the candidates because the organization does not want to look incompetent by firing another coach after two years. They are going to look incompetent keeping Judge too.

The Giants are heading into an important NFL Draft in April so it is imperative they hire the right GM for that responsibility.

The front office needs new ideas, not another executive within the organization that will follow the “Giants’ way.” It has not worked for them lately. With Judge staying as head coach, someone close to Judge or the organization will have a better chance of being hired.

It is still possible that a candidate can persuade Giants ownership into moving on from Judge if it aligns with a better plan for the future. Chances could be slim, but not impossible.

Joe Judge is 10-23 in two seasons, so far adding to the history of the awful Bill Belichick coaching tree in the NFL.

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