New York Giants players were unhappy with Joe Judge’s practice methods

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When the New York Giants signed Joe Judge as head coach, they were making an intentional choice to take some elements from the Patriots organization. At least, that was the intention. When it came to execution, Judge fell far short of installing the Patriots way in East Rutherford. His methods gained notoriety around the league for the wrong reasons, and by the end, his attempts to appear hard-nosed and tough made him look like someone who’d completely lost touch with the situation.

One of the things that Judge tried to bring over was New England’s style of practice. But from the results and from reports that are coming out now that his tenure is said and done, it doesn’t look like it was a very successful attempt.

According to Ryan Dunleavy, this tough style of practices was unpopular even among the players that did like Judge. And they definitely weren’t appreciated once injuries piled up.

The practices received attention this offseason when Judge made headlines for making players run laps for various mistakes. It wasn’t so unpopular back then, and it wasn’t hard to see why. On paper, it sounds like a good idea to focus on discipline and punish mistakes as a way to improve a losing team. But as the season went on, the results never improved and running laps became the source of many jokes about Judge’s coaching.

Part of being a good coach is knowing when to adapt, and apparently, Judge did a poor job of that. It’s hard to tell how much it ultimately played into his firing, but given the obvious low morale towards the end of the season, it’s hard to say it had no effect either.

Yankees Analysis: Future looks bright for the Yankees but maybe not for 2022

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The New York Yankees are a special team, a team that expects to win the World Series every year. We all know that that is not possible.

For all but a few elite teams, a good showing that draws fans to the stands is enough. But not for the Yankees, they always aim high. The Yankees have come close the last few years after not winning a World Series since 2009 but just haven’t found the formula to bring them to the October Classic.

Think what you will, but the Yankees are always planning. They are looking to improve the team for the coming season after the MLB lockout is over. The big question in a fan’s mind is if the Yankees will do enough before the start of the season to get over that hump that has not allowed them a World Series appearance in the last eleven years. To accomplish that, at the very least, they must sign a high-profile shortstop to replace Gleyber Torres, acquire a true number two type starting pitcher, and improve production at first base. If they fail to do that, fans will likely see similar results that they have come to accept in the last few years.

Beyond this season, the Yankees have been preparing for a long stretch of excellence in the future. The Yankees have been one of the more active teams with top of the heap international signings. It started in 2015 when they spent $5 million to snag Jasson Dominguez out of the Dominican Republic. This year they again went after the top international signing with Rodrick Arias. They are also expected to pick up Brandon Mayea, the highest-rated shortstop out of Cuba.

In two years, the Yankee farm system could look like this: SS Anthony Volpe, SS/IN Oswald Pereza, OF Jasson Dominguez, SS/3B Trey Sweeney, SS Rodrick Arias, and CF Brandon Mayea. With those top signings SP Wandy Peralta, and the hands already in the Yankee minor league system, the Yankees will look to have the top farm system in all of baseball, which spells future success, and not just for a year or two.

Not being overly optimistic, it is important to recognize that while highly-touted international prospects are extremely hit-or-miss. Players like Rusney Castillo, Hideki Irabu, and Kei Igawa were complete duds, while Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano, Orlando Hernandez, Bernie Williams, and of course Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera have been superstars for the Yankees.

While this looks extremely positive for the future, Yankee fans want instant satisfaction. With a second meeting between the sides in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it appears a resolution may be in the offing, hopefully sooner than later. General manager Brian Cashman and the front office will have to pounce quickly to resolve their issues after being silent in postseason 1.0 if they expect to come closer to a World Series appearance in 2022.

Giants’ HC Brian Daboll reportedly ‘loves’ Daniel Jones, adding another wrinkle to the QB situation

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After spending four seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills, Brian Daboll will be the next head coach for the New York Giants moving forward.

One of the biggest selling points on Daboll was his ability to develop Josh Allen into an elite quarterback, watching his statistics increase significantly over the past few seasons.

Allen now ranks among some of the best quarterbacks in football, just missing the MVP last year and arguably having an even better season in 2021. He was recently knocked out of the post-season in a shootout with Kansas City as a result of a coin toss.

Daboll has helped Allan rise from throwing just 2,074 yards in 2018 to 4,407 yards, and 36 touchdown passes this past season.

The Giants hope he can instill a similar confidence and productive style in Daniel Jones, who looked robotic under coordinators Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens, for the short while that Kitchens had him.

Jones had his best season back in his rookie year, throwing 3,027 yards and 24 touchdown passes. Jones has been more efficient with turning the football over, but throwing just 10 touchdown passes this season is unacceptable for a quarterback that needs to be far more proficient.

One of the ways that Daboll got the most out of Allan was by giving him the luxury of flexibility and using his instincts. It is borderline impossible for the Giants to elevate Jones to the status that Allan currently holds, but at the very least, they might be able to extract a competent quarterback for 2022 as they decide on their future at the position.

In fact, the Giants’ new head coach reportedly “loves” Jones and what he has to offer, but general manager Joe Schoen indicated they would review the film and determine his long-term plan in the near future.

It is possible that the Giants only use Jones as a stopgap quarterback, looking ahead to the 2023 draft for a new passer like Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud out of Ohio State.

The 2022 NFL draft will give us a great preview of what the new strategy is. If they elect to trade back and add more value for a draft, it could indicate they have a quarterback in mind or at least a backup plan in case Jones struggles to take a step forward in his fourth season.

One thing is for sure, the evolution of Daboll’s playcalling will undoubtedly provide Jones with a better opportunity to succeed. Joe Judge and his conservative style limited Jones’s production significantly, and Garrett running the 2004 Norv Turner office severely restricted his development.

Either way, Daboll offers the best opportunity for Jones to reach his potential, and owner John Mara indicated during Schoen’s opening press conference that they’ve done everything possible to screw the kid up.

Knicks refuse to play Cam Reddish, but what do they have to lose?

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The New York Knicks are staring an ugly situation in the face after losing six of their last seven games. Their only victory in the past week has been against the Los Angeles Clippers. Falling to the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, and Cleveland Cavaliers consecutively has demoralized the team.

Just a few weeks ago, the Knicks acquired Cam Reddish via the Atlanta Hawks, giving up a first-round pick via Charlotte for the 2022 NBA draft. However, Reddish has failed to make an impact after departing from Atlanta on January 10. During his two appearances for the Knicks, he has recorded a combined eight points and four rebounds, playing just 15 minutes.

Reddish previously asked Atlanta for a potential move looking to earn more playing time and a greater opportunity. However, Reddish has found himself in an even worse spot than he started, riding the bench with no end in sight as Tom Thibodeau prefers to roll with his current group of players.

“Everything was discussed. We like who he is. We like the talent,” Thibodeau said when asked about Reddish following the game Friday, via Pete Botte of The Post. “And right now — it’s a long season. We knew we traded someone who wasn’t in the rotation, so you can’t keep adding to it without taking someone out. We can have injuries, so just have to be patient and work our way through it.”

Thibodeau indicated that the front office liked Reddish and what he offers, but the fact he’s not getting involved given the Knicks’ awful streak lately is disappointing. In fact, it suggests they either don’t know how to use him or prefer to give minutes to their younger players who have been around up to this point.

If the front office truly believed he could make a difference winning basketball games, he’d be on the floor, but instead, he’s watching aimlessly from the sideline.

Reddish is averaging 11.5 points, 1.1 assists, and shooting 37.6% from three-point range on the season. It is obvious he doesn’t fully understand the team’s offensive strategy and defensive communications. However, even after half a season, the Knicks’ tenured players are still lost in transition and lack efficiency. For example, there may not be a significant drop-off from Reddish compared to Evan Fournier.

The reality is simple — when your team is losing at a rate of six of seven games, there’s no harm in testing out a newly acquired player and seeing if he can make an impact over a larger sample size. Playing 10 minutes doesn’t exactly provide much time to get in a groove, and Reddish recorded six points against Miami with that exact time frame.

Alternatively, the Knicks may be trying to limit his minutes in a potential trade at the deadline. After giving away a first-round draft pick, Reddish could easily be flipped in a more prominent deal.

Giants’ GM Joe Schoen drops great draft mentality quotes as new age begins

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The New York Giants have had incredibly inconsistent drafts the past decade, especially during the first two years of Dave Gettleman’s tenure with the team.

The last two draft classes have far more potential, as former head coach Joe Judge did a much better job evaluating talent and extracting value from early selections. For example, the Giants traded back this past year, collecting the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick, giving new general manager Joe Schoen even more ammo to work with.

However, one of the Giants’ biggest issues has been the mid-rounds, where Gettleman has been gathering a graveyard of players who have either departed from the team or simply haven’t developed into solid contributors.

During Schoen’s time with the Buffalo Bills, they hit on multiple mid-round selections that ended up being quality players on both sides of the ball. That is a type of success the team needs to enjoy moving forward, especially with their salary cap in total disarray after Gettleman tried to solve issues with big-money signings.

Giants.com sat down with their new general manager on Friday and discussed strategy, where he dropped several gems regarding the importance of drafting:

“I would prefer to build through the draft. Those players are mostly cost-controlled for the first four or five years. They’re cheaper than what you’re going to be able to get on the street in free agency. You get to do the most research on them. You get to go to the schools, you get to see them play live in a game, you get to talk to their coaches, you get to work them out, you get to do a medical on them. So, I think you have a better feeling for the college guys when you turn in the card, who they are as players, medically what you’re getting, where in free agency a lot of times you’re paying a lot of money and you don’t necessarily always know what you’re getting, you don’t know the injury history, necessarily. You don’t know their practice habits. You don’t know what type of workers they are, what they’re like off the field. I’d prefer to build through the draft, develop those players and retain our own.”

Building through the draft is essential, as it keeps costs down and allows your coaching staff to mold players.

The Giants, over the past decade or so, have spent big money to solve positional needs, ignoring value-based selections and torching their cap in the process.

Well, those days are coming to an end as the Giants evolve to the modern era and begin cementing a strategy.

The upcoming draft gifts Schoen plenty of flexibility and opportunity to capitalize. With the 5th and 7th overall selections, the team can trade back or sit still and take the best player available, but Schoen will test every avenue and look for the greatest return.

“We’ll set it up as if we’re going to stay at five and seven, but I’m always open to doing what’s best for the organization. If we have a trade partner and it’s too good to pass up, then I’m willing to move back. If there’s a guy that falls that we love, let’s go up and get him. I’m all about, I call them ‘sleep good at night’ picks. You’re going to sleep good at night. You’re happy you got a good player and you’re going to sleep good at night. I’m open to moving. I’ll always be open to trading. I’ll listen if anybody calls or wants to make any moves or inquire on our players. We’ll be active calling other teams to make potential moves, too. We’ve got to look at every avenue to upgrade this roster, whether that’s getting more draft picks, staying where we are, trading. We’ll explore everything.”

It is quite clear that Schoen understands the roster must be upgraded, so potential trades could be in the near future. With the salary cap a mess, expect plenty of roster movement during the off-season. The new general manager has plenty of work left to do, but his mind seems to be in the right place as the rebuild commences.

Knicks’ Julius Randle shows obvious lack of effort, care in game clips

The crashing and burning of Julius Randle has been one of the more startling headlines for the New York Knicks this season. After displaying All-Star form during the 2020–21 campaign, Randle has experienced a massive regression in scoring production and defensive efficiency.

Statistically, Randle is averaging just 18.5 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, and is shooting a measly 30.6% from three-point range. The Knicks have struggled to supplement his deficiencies this season, especially to start the new year, averaging just 16.4 points and shooting 24.2% from range.

Luckily for New York, RJ Barrett has managed to handle most of the offensive load, but the team has still lost six of their last seven games.

Ever since the media turned on Randle and he fired back with hostile remarks, his passion and effort have taken a nosedive. Against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night, Randle showed little energy and failed to make an impact during the game, playing 37 minutes and scoring nine points.

Only one year ago, he was exerting maximum effort and running the full length of the floor to pick up a defender after a free throw attempt. After receiving a four-year, $117 million extension, it seems as if he’s thrown in the white towel, and he’s already giving up.

Against Milwaukee, fellow power forward Obi Toppin went sprawling to the ground looking for a helping hand, but Randle looked at him and simply walked away.

This is a really bad sign for the Knicks, who need Randle to step up and provide leadership. Turning his back on a teammate is just one example of how far the apple has fallen from the tree.

Earlier this week, Randle reaffirmed his commitment to the team, stating that he still wants to bring a Championship to New York, but his body language doesn’t indicate that whatsoever.

“I still wanna be a part of helping trying to bring a championship to the Knicks.”

“We got the team,” he said. “We got the talent. We got the coach. … So, we definitely can do it.”

Randle did admit that things have been challenging this year, especially with the negative attention he’s been receiving and his lackluster scoring production.

“It’s been hard, but like my man J. Cole says, there’s beauty in the struggle,” he said, via The Athletic. “It’s a struggle. We’re trying to figure it out. But this is really where you find out what people are about. This is when you find out about the character of the guys on your team. … We still got a lot of games to play, so I’m excited to see how we push forward and push past it.”

When you’re earning $30+ million per season, there’s no excuse for lacking effort and care on the floor. If he wants to give up and disrupt the flow of his team, head coach Tom Thibodeau should simply bench him and give the minutes to a more worthy candidate.

This could be a primary reason reports indicated that Julius could be on the trade block at the deadline in several weeks, but it could all be hearsay until the Knicks actually make a move.