Rumors have been floating around for several weeks that the New York Giants would retain head coach Joe Judge for a third season despite two consecutive losing campaigns. However, it seems as if the Giants are fully committed to bringing Judge back for another year in conjunction with quarterback Daniel Jones, who is missing the final games of the season due to a neck injury.
The Giants have now lost double-digit games for the fifth consecutive season, turning over coaches every two years. Ownership wants to break that stretch of firings, more-so likely to move on from general manager Dave Gettleman then Judge after the conclusion of the 2021 season.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Giants are committed to Judge and Jones, despite the shortcomings of this year.
The Giants believe both Judge and Jones deserve the opportunity to demonstrate their talents next season, even though New York already has been eliminated from the playoffs and has clinched a fifth consecutive season with double-digit losses.
The Giants have one of the worst offenses in the NFL, averaging a measly 17 points per game, even worse than the 2020 season. Only the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are averaging fewer points than Big Blue.
This upcoming off-season, the Giants have significant changes that need to be made, specifically with the offensive line. Having two first-round picks should help them solve their problems in the trenches, but they need four potential new starters with the exception of Andrew Thomas at left tackle.
One of the biggest questions remaining is, who will take over for Gettleman at the GM spot if he retires following the season?
In that scenario, most have agreed that an outside hire would likely be ideal given the options within the organization. Some have floated the idea of Kevin Abrams, the Giants’ money manager, to become the new GM and assist Judge in building the team.
Abrams has a plethora of experience in cap negotiations and salary workings, spending the last 18+ years as an assistant general manager with the team. There’s always the possibility that Mara surprises and looks to an outsider to help Judge continue the ‘progress’ he’s put forth, preferably a football mind. Many, including myself, have pinpointed Indianapolis Colts vice president of player personnel Ed Dodds as a potential candidate.
Nonetheless, the Giants have more questions this off-season that answers, which is a clear indication of a floundering franchise.