The New York Giants are going on a break before their next game, and Joe Judge doesn’t want to see that turn into any incidents.
The Giants have, for the most part, been a quiet team off the field under the watch of Judge.
There’s definitely some reason to criticize Judge’s frequent talk about discipline – on the field, the team has committed a lot of penalties this season for one with a head coach that frequently brings discipline up. But when it comes to off the field matters, the Giants have done pretty well to avoid ending up in the news.
Headed into a bye week where players will have some time off to relax by themselves or visit family and friends, Judge is looking to keep it that way.
Joe Judge’s warning about decision making
“We talked about a few of the instances that happened this year and last year around the league,” the Giants head coach told reporters.
“Look, itâ€™s natural for a lot of guys to kind of let their hair down this time of year. You get a few days off, you step away from a stressful situation for a couple of days, you kick back. Youâ€™ve got to make sure that you put yourself in the right surroundings and you make the right decisions.”
The Giants aren’t set to come together as a team together until Monday, leaving the players with a longer than usual amount of time for themselves between games.
For the coaching staff, surely, the bye week will serve as a chance to analyze how the opening half of the season went down and what things the team can do differently going forward. While the Giants are 2-1 in their last three games and have obviously improved since week 1, their 3-6 record still indicates they have some ways to go.
When the Giants do finally return to the field, they have a large challenge in front of them in the form of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. In that sense, it’s good that the bye week is placed where it is. The Giants, after all, need all the time they can get to prepare for this matchup.