Mike Francesa: Belichick Coaching Tree Has Not Done Well

Giants New Head Coach Joe Judge Spent Eight Years In New England

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January 08, 2020 - 8:19 pm

The New York Giants hired their 21st head coach in franchise history, bringing in Joe Judge from the New England Patriots.

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Judge comes to New York after eight seasons with the New England Patriots, most recently serving as their special teams coordinator and wide-receivers coach. While the Giants spoke highly of Judge and his time working with Bill Belichick, Mike Francesa notes the Patriots haven’t been great at producing head coaches.

“Let’s be honest, although it’s hard to knock anything New England does, one thing they have not done, is produce very successful guys leaving the Belichick-tree,” Francesa said.

“They have not done well at all, Go back to Charlie Weis and Romeo [Crennel>.”

Francesa, however, believes one of the better head coaching candidates from the Belichick-tree was Eric Mangini, who was fired after three seasons with the New York Jets in 2008.

“Mangini should have been a very successful head coach. That’s the one that I really look and say, it should not have worked out that way,” Francesa said.

After being let go by the Jets, Mangini was back on the sideline, coaching the Cleveland Browns the very next season. According to Francesa, Mangini should have waited for the right situation, rather than jumping in and immediately taking his next opportunity.

“I have no doubt in my mind that if somebody would turn around right now, and it’s not going to happen, but if someone would turn around and give Eric Mangini a chance to be the head coach of a team right now, he’d be ultra-successful. I have no doubt,” Francesa said.

While Belichick might not have a proven track-record of developing future head coaches, there are qualities Francesa likes about the Giants new hire.

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“I like the fact that he’s not going to be tied in and lasered into one side of the ball,” Francesa said of Judge who is not coming in as an offensive or defensive coordinator. Unlike most assistants turned head coaches, Judge coached special teams and wide-receivers for the Patriots.

“If you have a guy who understands, my job as head coach is, I’m not just in charge of any one part of this, I’m in charge of all of it. And the guys who are good head coaches, are in charge of all of it.”

For the Giants and Judge, hiring the right assistants will be critical to the success of the team and their new head coach.

“Bringing assistant coaches to New York is as difficult as bringing in-between free-agents to New York,” Francesa added.

Francesa explained the local teams must pay more to attract assistants coaches here. Because of the high cost of homes located in good school districts, assistant coaches sometimes can’t afford to pick up and relocate their family to New York.

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