The New York Giants fired head coach Joe Judge Tuesday evening. After Judge’s two losing seasons, many of the fans began to get a bit antsy and fed up. The move comes just a day after Dave Gettleman retires only after four seasons on the job. Judge was previously a special team coach for the New England Patriots; however, he was offered the head coaching job for the New York Giants in 2020. Being a first time head coach, Judge went 10-23 within his first two seasons with the Giants.
He’s the third consecutive Giants coach to be fired within two years or less. This started with Ben McAdoo (13-15) then Pat Shurmur (9-23) and now Judge has joined this company. The once prideful organization has had a very tough decade, to say the least. This ten-year stretch was one of the worst ten-year stretches in franchise history. Ironically, Judge was fired after being left hanging for the next two days. Many fans came out to support the New York Giants owner John Mara and the Mara family’s decision. Judge continued to operate Monday as if he was remaining on the team for the upcoming season. He even held a team meeting before speaking with the owners that afternoon.
Did the New York Giants go about firing Joe Judge awkwardly?
The Giants didn’t mention that Judge wouldn’t return when reports started to surface. The Giants had ample opportunities to announce it, yet, they never did. They even announced Gettleman’s retirement and forgot to mention Judge will no longer be returning. Judge intended to discuss the future of the Giants with the ownership; however, that afternoon was when he was informed he wasn’t returning. One would agree, this was a bit of a bizarre approach to fire someone.
“[Co-owner] Steve [Tisch] and I both believe it is in the best interest of our franchise to move in another direction,” Giant’s co-owner John Mara said in a statement. “We met with Joe yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of the team. I met again with Joe this afternoon, and it was during that conversation I informed Joe of our decision. We appreciate Joe’s efforts on behalf of the organization.”
“We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach.”
Where did things start to deteriorate between Judge and the Giants?
Judge appeared to be safe going into the tail end of the Giants season. As the season went on, glaring issues became abundantly clear and things began to spiral out of control. After Daniel Jones got injured the Giants seemed unable to move the ball effectively. They scored more than ten points only once in six games. Granted the backups of Jones were Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm who didn’t help their chances. The fact that the Giants used three starting quarterbacks in one season for the first time since 1992 is concerning.
The best way to sum up the Giants season: they ran a quarterback sneak on their own five-yard-line down 22-7 to the Washington Football Team. This not only made Judge an easy target but began the Giants organization becoming a running joke throughout the league.