The NFL coaching carousel continued to spin on Tuesday when the Giants announced the sacking of Joe Judge after two seasons at the helm.
The team made the decision-making official Tuesday evening. It comes a day after former general manager Dave Gettleman also announced his retirement after four seasons. The judge has met with Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch on several occasions over the past few days to discuss the team’s future.
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It was after one of those meetings that Mara said he and Tisch made the decision not to hire the judge.
In the two years of Judge in New York, the Giants were 10-23 – including 4-13 this season, a result the team made headlines for their off-court exploits as well as their performances on the court. ground.
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Sporting News takes a look at why the Giants made the move and who could be some of the best substitutes.
Why did the Giants fire Joe Judge?
Judge, who joined the New England Giants at the start of the 2020 season, took over a squad that went from 4 to 12 in 2019. He spent seven years in New England, including five as coordinator. special teams of the team.
The move was praised by multiple media outlets when Judge was hired, with some even comparing him to Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin:
Presser Review Joe Judge: Much more Coughlin than McAdoo / Shurmur. Hit many chords on the right. #NYG leadership is happy / confident for a good reason.
– Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 9, 2020
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The era of judges got off to a slow start, however, as the Giants opened 2020 with a 0-5 record. Things never improved substantially, as the team never went over 0.500 at any point in Judge’s tenure and never made it to the playoffs, extending the team’s drought in the playoffs to five. year.
2021 hasn’t been much better, as the Giants went from 6-10 to 4-13, with the final games of Judge’s tenure drawing particular criticism. Some players even asked for him to get fired. After a 22-7 loss to Washington on the last Sunday of the season – a loss that included questionable play calls – the judge met with Mara and Tisch on each of the next two days. They fired the judge after meeting with him on Tuesday.
“I said before the start of the season that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were going to take when we played our last game of the season,” Mara said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I cannot make this statement, which is why we made this decision.”
The Giants are ranked 31st in total offense and scoring offense each of the past two seasons, while also ranking 21st in total defense and 23rd in scoring defense this season.
Who will replace Joe Judge in New York?
With Judge leaving, the Giants’ new coach will be the team’s fifth in eight seasons. They will look to guide New York to a winning record for the first time since 2016, when Ben McAdoo’s side were at 11-5.
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The Giants have two former college head coaches, Jeremy Pruitt and Derek Dooley, on their coaching staff, and have employed former Dallas head coach Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator for the first 11 weeks of the season before. to be replaced by former Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens.
More likely, it will be someone outside of the organization who will be responsible for leading the team. Mara and Tisch have said the new general manager will hire the coach.
Some of the main candidates could be:
- Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Head Coach
- Dan Quinn, Dallas Defensive Coordinator
- Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City offensive coordinator
- Kellen Moore, Dallas Offensive Coordinator
- Doug Pederson, former Eagles head coach
- Brian Daboll, Buffalo Offensive Coordinator
- Mike McDaniel, San Francisco Offensive Coordinator
- Kevin O’Connell, Rams offensive coordinator
Joe Judge Contract
The judge’s deal was five years at around $ 5 million, according to the New York Post. At the time of Judge’s hiring, the Giants were still paying former coaches Pat Shurmur and Ben McAdoo, who were also fired before their contracts ended.
Since Bill Parcells ‘last season in 1991, only two of the Giants’ seven coaches in that span have lasted at least four seasons. Judge is the latest in the line of coaches to miss this mark.