Giants to Introduce Joe Judge as New Head Coach on Thursday

New York Giants, Joe Judge

The New York Giants officially announced the hiring of Joe Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Wednesday after noon. Judge will be introduced at a press conference at the Coach’s Club in MetLife Stadium at 2pm on Thursday.

The 38 year-old Judge “blew the Giants away” in his interview on Monday and they were smitten with his poise and knowledge. He was chosen over four other candidates: Dallas Cowboys defensive assistant Kris Richard; Eric Bieniemy, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale and former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who was named the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday.

“This was the deepest group of quality candidates I can recall, and Joe is as impressive a candidate as I have interviewed,”  said Giants CEO John Mara. “We met with Joe on Monday. We did have some other candidates lined up to speak with, but Joe had established the threshold at that point. He knows what winning looks like and should look like. His exposure and experience in New England and Alabama have helped shape his philosophy of building a winning program and culture. We are thankful that he has accepted the responsibility to lead our team.”

Chairman Steve Tisch met with Judge in Rhode Island this week and was equally won over.

“We had a great conversation, and 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, and as we said last week, he will have the full support of ownership to get us where we want to be.”

Judge, the New England Patriots wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator came highly recommended by the two greatest coaches in college and NFL history – Nick Saban and Bill Belichick – who he spent the last 11 years coaching under.

Judge was chosen by the Giants’ hiring committee which consists of Mara, Tisch, general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams.

I am humbled and honored,” Judge said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank John Mara, Steve Tisch, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams for this opportunity. Over the past couple of days we had great conversations about where this team is and where it is headed and how we are going to get there. My job is to lead our players and coaches. 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.”

“Joe has prepared for this moment and is ready for the challenge of leading our team,” said Gettleman, the Giants’ general manager. “His beliefs and principles are all about the team. Because of his background with special teams working under Bill Belichick, he has had the experience of evaluating and managing the entire roster. Can’t wait to work with him.”

And we’re off….