New York Giants: Reggie Bush places Joe Judge on hot seat following 0-4 start

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Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge walks on the field prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s too early to start talking about firing Joe Judge, but that’s already happening with the New York Giants starting 0-4. Granted, it’s far from the majority take. But that doesn’t make it much better that these takes already exist at all, so soon into Judge’s tenure as head coach. After all, Judge is a rookie head coach and he’s only overseen four games so far from the position. Unfortunately, the Giants have lost all of them.

Joe Judge not being given enough time?

When Reggie Bush named his coaches that should be fired, Judge was included among other names such as Adam Gase and Dan Quinn. This, of course, isn’t the fairest comparison. Gase joined the Jets in 2019 and the team has been under him for longer. He’s long been on the list of most likely coaches to get fired, while Judge only has four games to his name.

On the other hand, there’s not going to be many positive takes about a head coach who immediately continues the losing tradition of his predecessors. The hope for this season wasn’t necessarily that the Giants would make the playoffs, but that the team would at least be competitive further down the stretch.

But right now, it looks like it will take a miracle run just for the Giants to get back to .500 based on how their offense has performed so far. Long term injuries to players like Saquon Barkley and Xavier McKinney don’t make this run any more likely.

It’s easy to see why fans are upset – once again, it looks like the Giants will be uncompetitive in the standings right from the beginning of the season. The year will drag on, and the games will continue, but they won’t mean much as the Giants will already have missed their chance to contend in the division.

But considering Judge has only coached four games following one of the weirdest offseasons in NFL history, and has to deal with major injuries on his team, it’s worth giving more time before sharpening the pitchforks. If anything, much of the anger should be directed at General Manager Dave Gettleman.

Ultimately, after all, Gettleman is the one who constructed this failed rebuilding process from the ground up. And unlike Judge, his track record dates back longer than one partial season.