The New York Giants have found their man as they’ve tabbed New England Patriots Special Team coordinator/ Wide Receivers coach Joe Judge as their next man up. The Giants were said to be very interested in Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule who was hired today by the Carolina Panthers. Many, including me, feel like this was a reactionary hire and not the best fit for the Giants.
Judge had the New England special teams unit as the very best in the NFL this year as they blocked an NFL record 4 punts. Judge had spent 4 years in New England. He started there as a special teams assistant. He then worked his way up to the coordinator. He was tasked as the receivers coach this season as well. What’s interesting is Judge actually was offered the Head Coaching job at Miss State before accepting the Giants job.
Belichick has praised Judge for his work and knew he’d become a head coach someday and was fast-tracked into some of the more important team meetings with other guys on the staff like Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia, Brain Flores, etc.
While he has a great background in special teams he is unproven elsewhere. He’s never been an OC or DC but some special team coaches can be an exception to the rule, i.e John Harbaugh. With that being said I do believe this is a rushed hire and a reaction to Carolina grabbing the guy they wanted. Rumors earlier this afternoon were that the Giants were interested in Jason Garrett as head coach.
We are now being told they are interested in Garrett as their OC. It’s odd they hired Judge without a coaching plan. Usually, potential head coaches have an idea of who they want as their coordinators to be and discuss that during the interview process. If these reports are true this doesn’t look very good for Judge as a rookie head coach. He has to be able to work with the coordinators on his staff. If he can’t hire them it’s not a good start.
The Giants needed someone to come in and groom Daniel Jones. I don’t know that Judge is that guy. Only time will tell.