New York Giants: Joe Judge says Daniel Jones “Absolutely” the guy despite 2020 struggles

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants have started the 2020 NFL season with an atrocious 0-5 record. Some fans and analysts believe the Giants are destined to finish the season with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In that scenario, the likely draft selection would be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. That is unless the Giants think Daniel Jones is better.

Right now, the quarterback of the New York Giants is second-year gunslinger Daniel Jones. Jones was a controversial draft pick out of Duke in the 2019 NFL Draft. “Danny Dimes” flashed potential greatness in his rookie season and has shown similar skills in 2020, but so far this season he has struggled to outweigh the bad with the good.

Daniel Jones has not scored a touchdown since Week One. Additionally, he has turned the ball over in every game this season. Daniel has thrown 2 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions and 3 lost fumbles. His touchdown to turnover ratios is a horrific 1:4.

Despite this poor start to Daniel Jones’s second season, head coach Joe Judge is still confident in his quarterback. Judge has “absolutely!” told Daniel Jones that he is the guy.

Joe Judge on Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones, according to Joe Judge, is mentally tough and has been responding to the coaching staff well:

“My personality & the personality of this coaching staff is we’re very blunt, open, and honest. I’m not really sitting here trying to sell you a car, we’re not recruiting you to college. I’m going to tell you the truth every day. You have to be mentally tough to handle that, you have to understand the criticism that we’re giving to you, you have to be able to take the coaching & move forward with it. I’ll tell you what, man, No. 8 does that very well for us.” – Joe Judge on Daniel Jones via Tom Rock of Newsday

Judge was quoted today, saying the Giants have “a lot of confidence” in Daniel Jones. This is quite different from the consensus feeling of Giants fans and football analysts. Many are starting to lose confidence and question Daniel Jones’s makeup as a franchise quarterback.

But one thing Judge can see that the fans cannot see is Jones’s work ethic behind the scenes. Judge pointed out today that whatever Daniel’s emotion is after a game, Judge sees him “funnel it into a solid week of work.”

Joe Judge told the media that he has “seen a lot of progress from Daniel.” But, so far, this hard work and progress in practice has not shown up in the win-loss column. If Daniel Jones truly is “the guy,” he has eleven more weeks to prove it to Giants fans.

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

New York Giants, Joe Judge

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.

Giants’ Joe Judge shoulders blame for losses but acknowledges player mistakes

New York Giants, Joe Judge

Overcoming a strong Los Angeles Rams team in week four will be problematic for the New York Giants. Following three consecutive losses to open the 2020 season, the Giants are looking to gain their first victory under new head coach Joe Judge.

Everybody knew that it would be tough for the Giants to win on a weekly basis, with the implementation of new schematics and coaches across the board. That is not to mention a number of fresh faces on offense and defense.

Creating cohesion with COVID-19 protocols fighting back was never going to be an easy challenge, and that has reflected in the Giants’ inability to perform on Sundays. They put up a solid fight against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one and nearly secured a win week against the Chicago Bears, but everything fell apart against a gashed San Francisco 49ers team that was missing their starting quarterback and a number of playmakers on defense.

The Rams pose a major challenge, considering they have a generational talent on defense in Aaron Donald and a strong offense that has put up 89 points through three games.

The Giants, on the other hand, rank dead last in the league in points for, with just 35. In second place is the Washington Football Team, who have scored 62 points and are already considering moving on from Dwayne Haskins due to their offenses lackluster performances.

So, where does that put the Giants and their offense?

“I think as coaches, we have to be very self-critical,’’ Judge said. “When I watch the tape, there are things that players have to correct. But I always look at myself in the mirror first. As coaches, I think that’s how you have to be. Am I doing everything possible to teach these guys the best way? Am I doing everything possible to paint that mental image that they can go out there and execute on the grass? Am I putting them in the ideal situations to play to their strengths?

Judge acknowledges that player mistakes are riddled across the tape for the Giants, but the coaches have to do a better job of putting them in a position to succeed. A lack of creativity on offense has significantly dampened their efficiency, and while the defense has performed well at times, they will be without starting strong safety Jabrill Peppers against the Rams.

“As a coaching staff, we have to ask ourselves that on a daily basis through practice, on a weekly basis through the games. If you’re not self-critical as a coach, I don’t think you’re a very good coach. If you’re someone who wants to simply look at players and say, ‘Well, he has to play better. He has to do this,’ what did you do to put him in that position? To me, for our staff, we have to be a group of guys that watch the tape and we see ourselves in the performance of the players, and we have to make sure we’re doing everything possible to help elevate their level of play.’’

Judge has the right mentality when it comes to shouldering the blame for the losses. Blaming individual players only creates animosity within the locker room.

The coaches have the most power and we saw that with the 49ers and how schematics can play a major part in victory. If every Giants player does their job to perfection, which ultimately falls back on the coaching staff preparing them adequately, any team can win with ease.

New York Giants: Offensive line motivated to improve against Rams in Week Three

New York Giants, Nick Gates

The New York Giants have been arguably the weakest unit on the team through its disappointing 0-3 start. After investing a fair amount of assets into the offensive line this offseason and acquiring one of the best positional coaches in the sport to guide them, the Giants’ offensive line appears to have somehow gotten worse in 2020.

Quarterback Daniel Jones has been under pressure on 41.5% of his dropbacks in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. This is the third-highest rate in the NFL. PFF Also states that the Giants’ offensive line has recorded a 46.3 pass-block grade through three weeks, ranking dead last in the league.

The members of the Giants’ front line are not oblivious to their poor performances. According to starting center Nick Gates, the Giants’ offensive line is “pissed off.”

Nick Gates Quotes

The New York Giants’ offensive line has gone up against some of the best defensive lines in the NFL to start the season. The Steelers and Bears were fully healthy and had All-Pro pass-rushers line up against the Giants’ weak offensive line. The 49ers’ defense was injured, but well-coached with a few impact players that gave the Giants plenty of trouble.

Entering Week Four, the Giants are set to face off against another great defense featuring one of the game’s greatest players: Aaron Donald. When asked about this matchup, Nick Gates called the matchup “exciting,” and saying Donald “will be the best player” Gates has “ever gone up against.”

Nick Gates admits that these first three weeks have been “frustrating” and the team is “pissed off.” But he also recognizes that the team has to “focus on the Rams” and move on “to the next game.” This falls in line with Joe Judge’s quotes.

Marc Colombo Quotes

Offensive line coach Marc Colombo also spoke with the media as his unit continues to struggle. Colombo is aware that his line is frustrated, saying, “I love that they’re pissed off. That’s the type of group we want.”

As frustrated as Colombo and his unit are, they are also aware that they have been dealt a pretty bad hand in 2020. With the craziness of the COVID offseason, Colombo reminds the media that the Giants’ offensive line is “thousands and thousands of reps behind.” Continuity has also been a problem for the Giants. But Colombo is not here to make excuses. Instead, he is here to find solutions:

“We’ve gotta do better in the run, period. That’s where we’re falling short right now. It’s going to alleviate a lot of stuff in the passing game. That’s something we have to do.” – Marc Colombo on his offensive line’s play through three weeks of the 2020 NFL season

Clearly, the Giants’ offensive line and coaches are frustrated. They need to play and coach better and they are all aware of that fact. If New York wants to turn around its season, the offensive line will need to improve quickly and drastically.

Joe Judge and the New York Giants respond to embarrassing loss to the 49ers

New York Giants, Leonard Williams

The New York Giants suffered an embarrassing loss today to the San Fransisco 49ers. The 49ers, starting backup and reserve players all over, blew the Giants out 36-9 as New York’s offense never ran a single play in the red zone.

Head coach Joe Judge met with the media forty-five minutes after the game concluded. Presumably, Judge was chewing into his players after a pathetic Week Three performance that saw the team drop to 0-3, once again.

Joe Judge On The Plan Going Forward

The Giants have yet to stumble into a victory in 2020. New York’s 27-point defeat has left fans disappointed and uncertain about the team’s future. For Joe Judge, it is all about “day-to-day improvement.” Judge recognizes a “tough opponent” is once again on the Giants’ schedule entering Week Four, and the Giants need to be better than they were this week.

We’re not looking for excuses, not pointing fingers, not looking for shortcuts. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we will put a product on the field people of this area can be proud of. We’ll be working our butt off to improve the product going forward. – Joe Judge via Matt Lombardo

Judge and the Giants are making no excuses. He is holding himself and his team accountable and hoping to improve for the future. Judge plans to “go out there day by day and piece by piece to put this together.”

Leonard Williams

The Giants’ defense struggled to get off the field on third down all game. When asked about this Leonard Williams did not point any fingers, but noted that he needs to get to the quarterback faster and the team as a whole needs to do better.

Per Jordan Raanan, Leonard Williams stated that he thinks the Giants are “right there” and that they need to fix a few “small” errors/mistakes in order to turn things around.

Blake Martinez

Giants linebacker Blake Martinez also mentioned the small little things in his postgame press conference. He suspects they will “show up on the tape,” as does Joe Judge. However, many fans will likely agree that the tape is not needed to identify many of these mistakes.

Daniel Jones

In the first quarter, the Giants made a crucial mistake, turning the ball over on a pitch play to Evan Engram. Jones took the blame for this, stating that it was “just a poor pitch.” Jones and the Giants worked on that play all week in practice.

He also took accountability for his second turnover in the game. Jones conceded that his interception to Evan Engram in the second quarter was a “poor decision.”

Jones and the Giants are “disappointed” but their confidence has not wavered. The Giants must “take [the loss] and learn from it.” Moving forward, the Giants will continue to work hard and prepare for Week Four. Jones said “nothing” will change that. The Giants will try to “not let this situation define” them.

Joe Judge Settling in to Life Without Saquon Barkley

New York Giants, Devonta Freeman

The New York Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL for the season last Sunday in Chicago and now face the prospect of a running back-by-committee approach.

Then again, whoever holds the hot hand could end up getting the reps.

“He may be the guy for that moment,” head coach Joe Judge told reporters about the hot hand on Thursday. “Maybe he’s the guy for that game plan the way things are working and clicking. But I’d say within every specific game plan, we’re going to always look to use all of the players we have at the game, and make sure we have enough combinations to go ahead and create advantages for ourselves.”

Right now, the Giants have three players that will be vying for reps at running back – Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman and the newly signed Devonta Freeman.

“I think you just use whatever you have on your roster, whether it’s a guy like Saquon, we still have Dion Lewis who we rely heavily on, and Wayne Gallman who we rely heavily on,” said Judge. “Obviously, Saquon’s situation, we all feel for him. He’s going to work his butt off to get back here as fast as possible.

We’re happy to have Devonta. The thing I see with him is he’s a ball guy. You can tell this guy has a lot of passion for the game, he has a lot of experience, he plays hard, he practices hard. I was very impressed yesterday out at practice with the fire he practiced with, the attention to detail, how fast he picked up on a lot of our system. He’s an experienced guy, but sometimes experience in other systems doesn’t always translate over to knowing the alphabet of what you’re doing. But he really did a good job of understanding what we’re doing in practice, being able to get in the huddle, break the huddle, know what to do and do it very effectively. It was very encouraging on day one.”

Time will tell how this all pans out but one thing is for sure, all three can play and all three are currently healthy.

 

 

New York Giants’ Joe Judge predicts major jump in week 2

New York Giants, Joe Judge

While the New York Giants fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in a week one 26-16, there are plenty of positives to extract from the contest. Of course, whenever a team loses, there are more negatives to work off of, but the Giants put themselves in a good spot to only improve moving forward. Competing against one of the best teams in the NFL, the Steelers represented a strong challenge for an extremely young Big Blue squad. Composed of 13 new starters and new coaches across-the-board, the Giants were always the underdog’s entering the contest, and Vegas agreed.

Consider this, Will Hernandez, who was only drafted two years ago, is the longest-tenured Giant on the offensive line. The Giants don’t have any players who signed a second contract on defense, with the only player on offense being Sterling Shepard.

Nonetheless, despite their youth agenda and inexperience with one another, head coach Joe Judge believes they can take a major step forward against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

New York Giants beat reporter Dan Salomone stated that in Joe Judge’s experience, teams make the biggest jump from week 1 to week 2.

Joe Judge says the good teams – and he’s been a part of a few – make a big jump from Week 1 to 2. The New York Giants will try to do that Sunday as they look for their first win against the Chicago Bears, who rallied from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Lions in their season opener.

The major issues for the Giants in the week one loss of the Steelers were the offensive line and CB2 position. These were two units that were expected to struggle early on, due to a lack of chemistry and overall talent. Utilizing Corey Ballentine and Isaac Yiadom at CB2 was tumultuous, but the offensive front was OK in pass protection. Their primary struggles came in the run game, as star running back Saquon Barkley only picked up six-yards on the ground over 15 attempts.

Let’s hope the Giants can provide a bit more room to run for Barkley in week two against a team that allowed 138 rushing yards in their opener.

Should the New York Giants try Evan Engram at WR?

New York Giants, Evan Engram

After his porous Week 1, New York Giants fans are already banging the drum for the team to cut ties with Evan Engram. While the criticism of the 26-year-old is expected and understandable given his play, the Giants would be silly to get rid of him after one very underwhelming performance in his first game back since Week 9 of last season.

However, if Engram’s play Monday night becomes a regular occurrence and more than just a matter of him needing to shake off some rust, it might make sense for the Giants to explore different ways they could utilize his services before they consider moving on from him.

What do I mean by that exactly? Moving him to wide receiver.

Now, before I make a case for the switch, I should make it known that I’m confident Engram will improve and find his footing as the season progresses. He’s too talented, and Jason Garrett’s offense is going to maximize his potential as a tight end. There are ways to scheme around his horrid blocking, and the mismatch he represents at his current position is extremely valuable.

According to reports, Engram generated a lot of hype during training camp and looked very explosive. He quickly caught the eye of head coach Joe Judge, and Judge has not been shy about praising what he’s seen from Engram. Here’s Judge practically gushing about Engram back in August:

“He’s very in-tune, he’s very intelligent, he’s very deliberate about how he works and what he’s focusing on within each period,” Judge said. “I turn his tape on and see him flying around. He’s a fun guy to watch play because he has a lot of ability, but he loves the game, too.”

It’s clear that Judge and the Giants are excited about Engram and the value he brings. They are looking to get him involved a lot, and I doubt one bad game is going to change that. But on the flip side, moving Engram to wide receiver could make sense for multiple reasons. For one, as I mentioned earlier, Engram has never been a good blocker, and that proved to be the case still Monday night.

He’s been trying, so you have to give him credit for that, and he has shown that he is not afraid to get his hands dirty, but throughout training camp, that has been a department where he’s struggled and has just continuously gotten beat my his man. It was no different against Pittsburgh, as there were multiple occurrences where Engram just whiffed completely. The defender lined up against him was able to get past him with ease, causing trouble for Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. He was so bad that out of the 64 tight ends that Pro Football Focus graded from Week One, Engram was dead last, being last in run-blocking and second-to-last in pass-blocking.

While there’s always a chance he could improve as a blocker, the likelihood at this point is that he’ll probably always be below average in that area. The Giants can’t keep having him as a blocker, it’s only going to hurt them. Having Engram play most of his snaps on the outside will require him to block a lot less, and when he does, he’ll be facing corners or safeties who he should fare better against than the linebackers and edge rushers he mainly ends up having to block now.

The Giants also have another young tight end, Kaden Smith, who is a very good blocker, so having him replace Engram as the top tight end on the roster would allow Smith do most of the blocking, and that, in turn, would be a better situation for the offense. Levine Toilolo and Eric Tomlinson, the other tight ends on the roster, are also much more capable as blockers than Engram and would be better options as well.

In this scenario, Engram would be able to focus on catching passes, where he’s thrived over his career, and Smith would be able to not only bring a more consistent blocking presence at the line of scrimmage but become more of a focal point in the offense. With his increase in snaps, Smith can build upon the potential he showed as a pass-catcher himself last season.

Additionally, another reason for Engram to make the switch is his height. Standing at 6’3”, Engram has excellent size for the wide receiver position, and the Giants have been needing a big-bodied receiver. Engram has always been a glorified wide receiver, and although he might not get as many mismatches against linebackers as he does currently, he is a good enough route runner with great speed to be able to succeed and make plays on the outside.

Again, I want to reiterate that I only see this as a possible opportunity if Engram continues to struggle in the coming weeks. I still believe he’ll get his act together and improve, and the Giants will definitely still be looking to get him the ball as much as they can. However, this could pose an interesting compromise to trading him or letting him go.

What do you think, Giants fans?

Jones’ Turnovers Prevent Giants From a Possible Upset of Steelers

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

The New York Giants lost their 2020 season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, 26-16, in a game that was much closer than the score indicates.

Joe Judge’s debut as head coach was as good as advertised. His team fought hard and played together. There was spirit and camaraderie abound but there was also remnants of the Giants from the past several dismal seasons.

“I’ll just tell you right now that I’m proud of how this team fought for 60 minutes,” Judge told reporters after the game. “That’s something I really wanted to see – you guys asked me earlier in the week what I wanted to see from this team, I wanted to see a team that played together for 60 minutes and fought regardless of score, circumstance or situation, and I saw that. I’m proud of how our guys played. Now, obviously there are some things that we have to do to clean up. The mark of a good team is improvement you can make moving on from Week 1. This next week we’ve got a big test, but we’ve got to stop with the turnovers, we’ve got to eliminate the unnecessary penalties, we have to do better at the end of the half, we have to finish ourselves in the red area, so those are the big things that stuck out right there.”

The things the Giants have to clean up aren’t going to be easy. There was the play of the offensive line, which at times was completely embarrassed by the Steelers’ front seven and beyond. The running game was nonexistent as star running back Saquon Barkley could barely find an inch to run. In fact, he lost yards on most of his carries, gaining just six yards in 15 attempts on the ground.

Then there was the play of second-year quarterback Daniel Jones, who once again showed signs of brilliance only to undo his good deeds with senseless turnovers. Jones, who led the NFL in lost fumbles in 2019 as a rookie, did not fumble in this game but his two interceptions led to nine Pittsburgh points as well as taking a possible seven points away from the Giants.

In the second quarter, Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt stepped back and intercepted a pass at the line of scrimmage after reading Jones’ eyes. Great play by Watt to reel the ball in but Jones made it easy on him.

In the third quarter, with the score 16-10 in favor of Pittsburgh, Jones led the Giants on an 18-play, 87-yard, eight minute and 50 second drive down to the Steelers’ four. On the 19th play, Jones took the snap, rolled out left and this is what happened….

Judge took it easy on Jones after the game in media. After all, Jones had to put up with a Steelers’ rush that went uncontested too many times on the evening.

“I like the way he played aggressive. He stood in the pocket – it was obviously a strong rush coming at him all night – he played confident in there, he stood in there as long as he could, he delivered some good, accurate passes for us,” said Judge. “He had two throws I know he wants back down at the goal line, that’s something we can’t have happen. Look, I’ll talk to Daniel a little bit more about it, I’ll watch the tape and make sure we clean up everything involved. That’s definitely something you can’t have, 19-play drive and come away with no points, especially down there in the low red. That’s not acceptable, but I’m proud of the way he played aggressive, I’m proud of the way this team stuck together.”

Let’s hope the Giants make that Week 2 when they head to Chicago to play the Bears next week. It won’t happen if they keep giving points away.

MSG announces awesome new show ‘Joe Judge Report’ ahead of 2020 season

New York Giants, Joe Judge

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MSG:

MSG Networks Announces New York Giants Programming Lineup for the 2020 NFL Season

Lineup to Feature the Debut of the “Joe Judge Report,” Airing at 7:30pm ET on Tuesday After Sunday Games and on Wednesday After Monday Games; First Episode to Premiere on Wednesday, September 16th

 Coverage Includes the Return of “Giants Postgame Wrap-Up, presented by Mercedes”, Set to Air at 11:30pm ET Every Sunday Night and Live at 11:30pm ET Following Primetime Games, Starting in Week 1 on Monday, September 14th

New York, NY (September 11, 2020) – With the NFL season set to get underway, MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN), the television home of the New York Giants, today announced its new lineup of season-long Giants programming. The coverage will be highlighted by the return of “Giants Postgame Wrap-Up, presented by Mercedes”, the team’s official post-game show that will air at 11:30pm ET every Sunday night and live at 11:30pm ET following primetime games.

Hosted by Madelyn Burke, the exclusive postgame show will first air live on Monday night, September 14th, after the team’s opening week matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Burke will be joined on the postgame shows by a rotating group of analysts including Shaun O’Hara, Victor Cruz and David Diehl in the studio at the team’s practice facility, the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The new programming lineup this year will feature the debut of the “Joe Judge Report,” which will give fans with tremendous insight into the coaching philosophy of the team’s new Head Coach. Hosted by Bob Papa, the show will feature Judge using the telestrator and providing viewers with unique, in-depth analysis of the team. Carl Banks will join the discussion as well each week to preview the team’s next opponent. The show will air during the season on Tuesday at 7:30pm ET after games on Sunday and on Wednesday nights following games played on Monday. The first episode will premiere on Wednesday, September 16th.

To kick-off the season, MSG Networks will air “Giants First and 10, presented Stop & Shop” at 8:00pm ET tonight, a one-hour preview show hosted by Bob Papa and Carl Banks. Airing every Friday night, the show will feature reporting from Madelyn Burke and Paul Dottino and a panel of Giants experts including Howard Cross, Victor Cruz, David Diehl and Shaun O’Hara breaking down the team’s upcoming matchup with ten ‘must know’ topics. Each week, the show will also profile a key player or moment from the Giants’ 1990 Super Bowl championship season, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the team’s Super Bowl XXV win over the Buffalo Bills.

Starting this Sunday at 10:30am ET, the weekly programming will also include “Giants Chronicles, presented by Hackensack Meridian Health,” an award-winning documentary series that will give fans a great look back every Sunday morning at the classic games, moments and players from that storied 1990 championship season. The lineup will also include “Giants Access Blue, presented by Toyota” as well, which will provide viewers with an inside look into the lives of Giants players and coaches off the field each week, beginning on Thursday, September 16th at 6:00pm ET.

All Giants programming throughout the season on MSG Networks will also be available on MSG GO, MSG Networks’ live streaming and video on demand platform for smartphones, tablets and computers.