Giants’ Joe Judge has failed miserably to maximize his specialty

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The New York Giants rank poorly in nearly every category, indicating yet another disappointing season for the lowly franchise. It seems as if John Mara cashed in his good luck during the Super Bowl wins over a decade ago, dooming himself to a future of frustration and anger.

Whether ownership elects to move on from general manager Dave Gettleman, which subsequently could result in a transition of coaching, has yet to be seen.

However, a new GM could look at head coach Joe Judge and see deficiencies. Coming from the New England coaching tree, Judge has spent time as the Patriots’ special-teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.

The narrative following his hiring was that a coach who is involved with both sides of the ball could bring a new twist; a balanced style and strategy.

However, Judge has failed miserably to build a strong Special Teams, which is his specialty after all. Back in 2019, the Patriots had the 3rd ranked ST unit, but since joining the Giants, they earned the 22nd ranking in 2020 in currently have the 29th ranked unit this season, per PFF.

Considering the supposed disciplinary head coach hasn’t been able to curate a quality Special Teams unit, given his experience and expertise, it is slightly concerning to reveal that reality.

Of course, injuries have taken their toll to a degree, but his unit has combined for 12 missed tackles this season, posting 26 tackles in total. That is a nearly 50% missed tackle rate, which is simply unacceptable. Not only does it display bad discipline, but it makes Judge look bad based on his coaching history.

It is also fair to blame Special Teams coach Thomas McGaughey for the demise of the unit, ranking 12th in 2019 before Judge was hired. The negative factors are starting to build for the second-year head coach, and he must turn things around before the fan base throws him under the bus completely.