New York Giants Make Joe Judge Hire Official

Becomes The 21st Head Coach In Franchise History

Brandon Contes
January 08, 2020 - 5:06 pm
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After reports surfaced Tuesday morning, stating Joe Judge would be the next head coach of the New York Giants, the deal is done. 

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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.

"My job is to lead our players and coaches," Judge said in the press release. "The mission is clear, to win games. There is a process to reaching that objective, and we will implement that process and work that process starting today.”

Judge met with Giants co-owner John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams at the team's New Jersey headquarters Monday. Their newly hired head coach reportedly wowed Giants' brass during the interview. 

"He knows what winning looks like and should look like," Mara added in the Giants' press release. "His exposure and experience in New England and Alabama have helped shape his philosophy of building a winning program and culture."

It was an unexpected hire for Big Blue, as they replace Pat Shurmur and bring in their fourth head coach since parting ways with Tom Coughlin after the 2015 season. Even after Judge was reported as a candidate for their coaching vacancy, few viewed him as a favorite to land with the Giants. But the list of coaching prospects quickly dwindled for Big Blue.  

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy accepted the Dallas Cowboys job Monday, and hot college prospect Matt Rhule agreed to a seven-year contract with the Carolina Panthers that could be worth up to $70 million with incentives.

The 38-year old Judge has worked under two of the most highly regarded head coaches in football, Nick Saban with Alabama and Bill Belichick on the New England Patriots’ staff. Belichick and Saban also happen to be close friends who pick each other's coaching minds.

 Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge and head coach Bill Belichick talk during a the AFC championship game against the Broncos in the AFC Championship football game on Jan 24, 2016, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
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"Joe's done a great job. He's done a great job with the kicking game," Belichick said during a press conference ahead of their Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans. "He's expanded the role a little bit and that's kind of had a little bit of a ripple effect in the way we've organized the kicking game, but that's all worked out pretty efficiently. Joe's done a good job of organizing that, as well as taking care on some other things with the offense and particularly receivers."

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Belichick even called the Giants, to reiterate those compliments and confirm his belief that Judge is qualified to be a head coach. It was a sentiment that clearly resonated positively with the Giants.

"His beliefs and principles are all about the team," said Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. "Because of his background with special teams working under Bill Belichick, he has had the experience of evaluating and managing the entire roster."

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was equally impressed with Judge and his coaching credentials. "Joe articulated his vision of leadership and team building. He clearly learned some valuable lessons in both those areas while working with Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. He is an impressive young leader," Tisch said.

The Giants have lost 10 or more games in five of the last six seasons. Flipping the switch to get Big Blue back to consistent winning might not happen instantly, but Judge does have exciting young players to work with in quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley. The assistant coaches who join the Giants’ staff to help develop their young roster could be just as important as the hire of Judge.  

The official introductory press conference for Joe Judge will take place Thursday at 2pm from Metlife Stadium and will air live on WFAN.

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