The NFL coaching carousel also spun on Tuesday when the Giants announced the firing of Joe Judge after two seasons at the helm.
The team made the official decision on Tuesday night. It comes the day after former general manager Dave Gettleman also announced his retirement after four seasons. Judge has met with the Giants, owned by John Mara and Steve Tisch, several times in recent days to discuss the future of the team.
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It was after one of these meetings that Mara said that he and Tisch had decided not to hold the judge.
During Judge’s two years in New York, the Giants had a score of 10-23 – including 4-13 this season, which put the team in the headlines for off-field and on-field performances.
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Sporting News will look at why the Giants made this decision and who could be some of the best replacements.
Why did the Giants fire Joe Judge?
Judge, who came to the Giants from New England at the beginning of the 2020 season, took over the team that led 4:12 in 2019. He spent seven years in New England, five of them as the team’s special team coordinator.
The move was praised by many media at the time Judge was hired, and some even compared it to Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin:
Joe Judge Press Review: Much more Coughlin than McAdoo / Shurmur. Guess a lot of the right chords. #NYG Leadership is happy / confident for a good reason.
– Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 9, 2020
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However, the Judge era began slowly as the Giants opened 2020 with a score of 0-5. Things have never improved significantly, as the team has never been above 0.500 at any point in the judge’s term and has never made it to the postseason, extending the team’s drought drought to five years.
The year 2021 was not much better, as the Giants finished from 6-10 to 4-13, and the last few matches of Judge’s work provoked special criticism. Some players even called for him to be fired. After losing 22-7 to Washington last Sunday of the season – which included several controversial games – Judge met Mara and Tisch each of the next two days. The judge was fired after meeting him on Tuesday.
“Before the start of the season, I said I wanted to feel good about the direction we were taking 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 have placed 31st in both the overall attack and the points attack in the last two seasons, while this season they have been ranked 21st in the overall defense and 23rd in the scoring defense.
Who will replace Joe Judge in New York?
With the departure of Judge, new coach Giants will be fifth in the team in eight seasons. They will try to lead New York to a winning record for the first time since 2016, when Ben McAdoo’s team led 11-5.
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The Giants have two former university head coaches, Jeremy Pruitt and Derek Dooley, on their coaching staff, and have hired former Dallas head coach Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator for the first 11 weeks of the season before being replaced by former Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens.
However, it is more likely that it will be someone outside the organization who is tasked with leading the team. Mara and Tisch said the new CEO would hire a coach.
Some of the leading candidates could be:
- Jim Harbaugh, Michigan head coach
- Dan Quinn, Dallas Defense 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, offensive coordinator in San Francisco
- Kevin O’Connell, Rams Offensive Coordinator
Joe Judge contract
The judge’s deal was about $ 5 million for five years, according to the New York Post. At the time of the hire, the Judge Giants were still paid by former coaches Pat Shurmur and Ben McAdoo, who were also fired before the end of their contracts.
Since Bill Parcells ‘last season in 1991, only two of the Giants’ seven coaches have survived this span of at least four seasons. Judge is the last in a series of coaches who missed this mark.