The new head coach of the New York Giants, Joe Judge, has made a strong impression on fans so far. His no-nonsense attitude won the fans over during his introductory press conference. He then injected even more confidence into the fanbase by helping Dave Gettleman put together an excellent 2020 draft class.
Joe Judge was a bit of a surprising hiring. Many fans expected former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule to get the job. Being that he was a former special teams coordinator for the Patriots, fans did not know much about Joe Judge. But Bill Belichick and Nick Saban did, two references that undoubtedly helped Judge land his job with the Giants.
Nick Saban recently discussed what he saw in Joe Judge and offered plenty of praise for the rookie head coach.
Nick Saban Praises Joe Judge
Joe Judge has made it clear that he wants to form strong relationships with his players and “teach” them rather than “coaching” them. Saying it is one thing, but doing it is another. And Nick Saban claims he has seen Joe Judge do it. Saban praised Judge’s teaching skills and relationship-building skills:
“When Joe was here, he was a young guy, very bright, enthusiastic, great teacher, really good relationships with the players, had lots of leadership qualities about him because of the example that he set and the energy and the enthusiasm he had on a daily basis.” – Nick Saban on Joe Judge
Fans should be excited to hear about Joe Judge’s “energy and enthusiasm.” There are two qualities that were lacking in the New York Giants’ last two head coaches. Saban also described Judge as “really smart” and said that he “did a fantastic job” at Alabama. Judge won three National Championships during his time with Saban and the Roll Tide.
“No surprise to me that Joe has gotten to this point in his career, and we certainly wish him well” – Nick Saban on Joe Judge