New York Giants: Getting To Know New Head Coach Joe Judge

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The New York Giants have officially found their head coach. No, they did not land Matt Rhule, as all fans hoped and expected them to. Instead, the Giants went with a much different candidate- Joe Judge from the New England Patriots.

The Joe Judge hiring came as a massive surprise to many fans and reporters alike. Rhule was expected to be the Giants’ top choice, followed by the likes of Josh McDaniels and Eric Bienemy. However, the Giants must not have given out accurate information since it is now being reported that they were working on a deal with Judge last night before even meeting with Matt Rhule (Adam Schefter).

This is a shocking hire. The Giants did have the opportunity to match Matt Rhule’s contract offer, but they declined (Ian Rapoport). Instead, the Giants hired Joe Judge, the New England Patriots special times/wide receivers coach whom they interviewed just yesterday. As one of the lesser-known names in the pool of candidates, Giants fans will need to read up on Joe Judge and get to know the man that is replacing Pat Shurmur.

A Ringing Endorsement From Bill Belichick

According to Tom Rock of Newsday, the Giants did call Bill Belichick about their vacant head coach position. However, they were not calling Bill to lure the 67-year-old legend back to New Jersey. Instead, they were calling for Bill’s opinion on prospective 38-year-old candidate Joe Judge. As Tom Rock states, “Bill gave a glowing recommendation to the Giants on Joe Judge.”

Bill Belichick recognized early on what he had in Joe Judge. He knew that Judge was head coach-material. According to Ian Rapoport, Belichick met with Joe Judge “on a regular basis to go over program-building and what it takes to become a head coach.” Albert Breer points out that Belichick likely had this in mind when increasing Judge’s role and making him the wide receivers coach.

A Top Coordinator

All football fans know that the New England Patriots have been among the top teams in the NFL for the last twenty years. The Patriots accomplish this with strong attention to detail and consistently efficient football in all three phases of the game.

Joe Judge was promoted to be the Patriots’ special teams coordinator in 2015 after serving as a special teams assistant from 2012 to 2014. Since this promotion, New England has had the most consistent special teams unit in the NFL. The unit has ranked in the top ten every year since:

Joe Judge was working two jobs this season, remaining the Patriots’ special teams coach and expanding his priorities as the wide receivers coach. 2019 was Judge’s first year serving as a wide receivers coach. New England’s receiving corps faced much criticism this season, but ultimately, the lack of talent was the reason for the group’s ineptitude.

Regardless of how the Patriots’ wide receivers performed this year, it is still worth noting the amount of time required to work two major coaching jobs. Judge had a huge role in New England, and the Giants’ hiring will leave two holes in the Patriots’ coaching staff.

Learned From And Respected By The Best

Ask your friends: who is the best NFL head coach of all time? They will say, Bill Belichick. Then ask them, who is the best college football head coach of all time? They will say, Nick Saban. Now, what two coaches did Joe Judge learn from? Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.

During his last ten years of coaching under Belichick and Saban, Joe Judge has learned what it takes to be a champion. Judge has won three Super Bowls (XLIXLILIII) and two BCS National Championships (2009, 2011). Being part of two of the greatest coaching staffs in the world, at both the professional and collegiate level, says a lot about the respect that Joe Judge garners.

Judge not only garners the respect of his coaching peers, but he has earned the respect of his players, too. According to Art Stapleton, players in New England “raved about Judge’s attention to detail and his intensity.” This should be music to Giants fans’ ears after they’ve dealt with two head coaches that lacked these traits for the past four years.

But What About His Coaching Staff?

One last thing to note with Joe Judge (and this could be a positive or a negative) is the uncertainty surrounding his coaching staff. It was initially reported that the Giants were considering former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for their offensive coordinator position. However, that report has been debunked. Joe Judge will get to pick his own staff, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Still, it is hard to make any guesses as to whom Judge might bring onto his staff in other key positions, such as offensive/defensive coordinator and offensive line coach. But for a young and inexperienced first-time head coach, getting the right pieces around him will be crucial.

Joe Judge is a well-respected coach that has learned from the best head coaches in all of football. This is a risky, forward-thinking hiring by the New York Giants, taking a chance on a first-time head coach. But if Joe Judge can successfully install the Patriot Way in New Jersey and get an adequate coaching staff around him, the Giants will reap the rewards of their progressive decision.

New York Giants news, 1/6 – The only way Bill Belichick could return to the Giants

New York Giants, Bill Belichick

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

In an alternative universe, the New York Giants would feature Bill Belichick as their head coach and boast the impressive track record the New England Patriots currently have. However, that’s not the reality we live in.

Our universe holds a different truth — the Giants have won nine games in two years and are preparing to hire their third head coach in three years. Disappointing doesn’t even begin to describe the state of the Giants’ franchise, and recent trends have indicated that fans are begging an existential spirit to bring the man in the hoodie back to his original home…East Rutherford.

After the latest Patriots defeat to the Tennesse Titans on Saturday, questions of Belichick’s longevity have arisen. While these ideas are almost undoubtedly ridiculous rumors, there’s always the chance that he desires a different challenge. The Giants would offer him an opportunity to return to the beginning of his career and spearhead a rebuild that requires genuine leadership.

The return of Belichick would require two essential things:

1.) Tom Brady would need to retire

Brady stated after the loss to the Titans that it’s unlikely he retires this offseason, making Bill’s choice of leaving the Pats that much more unlikely. If Tom decides to call it quits, joining the Giants becomes a tiny possibility. He reportedly had a soft spot for Daniel Jones in the latest NFL Draft, stating that he hopes Jones falls to the bottom of the first round where he could snag him as Brady’s eventual successor.

2.) Dave Gettleman would need to be fired

One unique thing about Belichick is that he’s both the general manager and head coach for New England. If any theoretical move were to take place, it would need to include Gettleman’s firing.


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New York Giants: Daniel Jones Set To Face His Toughest Test Yet

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In week five, Daniel Jones will face his toughest test yet. Not the test of handling the New York media, which Daniel has done exceptionally well for a rookie quarterback. Not acclimating to the pro game after taking over for a franchise legend, which Daniel has also handled extraordinarily. This week, Jones faces an even more complex test.

This test is the test of taking on the New England Patriots led by Bill Belichick. It is against this team that former Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning cemented his legacy. And it is against this team that Daniel Jones can prove he has what it takes to survive in the NFL.

Daniel Jones ushers in a new era of New York Giants football. Jones faced a tough Minnesota defense last week and did not have his best game, understandably. But this week, Daniel will travel to Foxborough and compete against the best defense in the NFL. And Daniel will have to face this team short-handed.

An Offense Riddled With Injuries

The New York Giants have officially ruled out Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Wayne Gallman. Shepard will be out this week and maybe longer dealing with his second concussion of the season. Barkley is still dealing with an ankle injury and may have been advised by the doctors to continue nursing his ankle until next week. Evan Engram, who has been having a breakout season, is dealing with some sort of knee injury that will keep him out of this week’s contest, too. Lastly, Wayne Gallman also has a concussion, so the Giants are going into this game without their top two running backs.

This does not leave Daniel Jones with many healthy teammates on offense. Fortunately, his offensive line is healthy. Unfortunately, key pieces of the offensive line, like Nate Solder and Jon Halapio, have been underperforming.

The Giants’ offensive line will need to have a great game if it wants to give Daniel Jones a chance to make some plays. His top receivers will be Golden Tate and Cody Latimer and his top running back will be former practice squad member Jonathan Hilliman. All three of these playmakers need to exceed expectations in order to make things easier for Daniel Jones.

What Daniel Jones Has To Go Up Against:

The New England Patriots have the best secondary in the NFL and it is not even close. Through the first five weeks of the season, the Patriots have yet to allow an opposing team to score a passing touchdown. They are the seventh team to do this since 1940, and the first team to do it in the last thirty years.

According to Pro Football Focus, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones rank first and fourth, respectively, in overall grade among cornerbacks. The Patriots’ defense also features cornerback Stephon Gilmore, PFF’s highest-graded cornerback in 2018.

It is not only going to be difficult for Daniel Jones to get the ball in the end zone but for him to get the ball down the field will be a challenge of its own. The Pats’ current opposing passer rating of 44.0 is the lowest allowed through five games since 1996. Not to mention, Daniel will have to deal with a devastating New England pass-rush that has totaled 24 sacks, the most by any team through five games since 2000.

One area on offense that the Giants really struggled at in the first two weeks of the season was third-down conversions. The Giants improved on this once Daniel Jones was named the starter in week three. But now Daniel Jones is going to have to go up against a historically transcendent third-down defense. The Patriots (12.7 percent) are the first team since 1991 to allow a third-down conversion percentage lower than a 20.0.

The Patriots’ fierce pass-rush and air-tight pass coverage will make it arduous for Danny to toss any Dimes in week five.

New York Jets vs. Patriots Week 3 Predictions

Adam Gase and the New York Jets are off to a rough start to the season, losing their first two games of the season. This week the Jets will be traveling up the coast to play against the New England Patriots in what should be a bloodbath. The Patriots are looking as deadly as ever and the Jets are looking like an easy target, how will this game play out?

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are on a roll right now destroying everything in its path thanks to a dominant defense and an ageless Tom Brady. The Patriots have a chance to set NFL history this week is the only team since the 1937 Bears to not allowing a single touchdown through the first three weeks of the season. The Patriots have outscored their opponents this season with a 76-3-point difference. Bill Belichick is notorious for keeping his foot on the gas pedal throughout the entire game. The only thing the Patriots need to do this week is just showing up, they have no weakness.

New York Jets

The New York Jets are looking like a total circus this year, whether it is our head coach looking like he sniffed a kilo of cocaine before his introductory press conference or our franchise QB contracting Mono, it hasn’t looked great. The Jets will be going into Foxboro with a very undermanned staff due to a series of unfortunate injuries. Luke Falk will get the first start of his career and so far, he’s looked like the team’s best QB this season. If Falk can pull a magical game out of his helmet it will give the Jets a lot of momentum going into the bye week. If Adam Gase decides to let his QB throw more than 5 yards, then the Jets might have a shot.


The New York Jets virtually have no shot this week and probably shouldn’t even show up considering how badly they are about to get beat. Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will take so much joy in brutally murdering the hopes and dreams of many Jets fans out there this Sunday. If I were to be a homer id say this game ends 14-27 Patriots win, but I’m not a homer and I have an IQ above -5 so this game will end 38-6 Patriots win.