Joe Judge’s About Giants Firing Coach Says More About Lost Franchise – The Mercury News


Joe Judge seemed like an outsider during his infamous rant in Chicago in the most telling way of all.

When Judge flew off the handle on January 2, destroying the effort and culture of predecessor Pat Shurmur’s Giants team, Judge sounded like someone outside the Giants family he inherited upon his arrival. Better and more disgusting than things.


The judge said that day, “The hardest thing for the club to change is the way people think.”

That’s why the judge’s dismissal on Tuesday evening was inevitable, as the Giants are a rudderless franchise that doesn’t know from the bottom. And while everyone in the league already knew that, they certainly didn’t want to be told that by their own coach.


It’s hard to believe that John Mara and Steve Tisch really want to hire an outside GM and give them the autonomy to run a fully aligned franchise, because they’ll never take their thumbs off the scale.

They don’t understand what it takes to be a winner. They are not accountable for the judge pulling the plug on long-term rebuilding after the first year, instead blaming their failure on the first-hired head coach at the age of 38, who nearly made the playoffs in the 2020 pandemic .

The way the Giants dragged the judge’s firing out was shady with the cloak and the dagger.


The fact that the team honored 19-46 GM Dave Gettleman with on-field photos and defended him with a sneaky “retirement” press release—only to get the judge out the door—is a sign that the Giants. Who are

They are an arrogant franchise with friends in high places who always manage to convince fans to trust the team’s shield over their eyes.

Judge left with a 10-23 record in two seasons, the third straight coach the Giants fired during or after his second season with the team.


This is why he has fired three coaches in just five calendar years. This is because the coach is not the reason for the stink in their roster and they keep on losing.

The Giants’ record for the past five years is with the Jets at their worst in the league, and to include the Jets in the same sentence is now a disgrace.

The judge unquestionably dug his own grave in the end, mainly with his wild press conference following the loss of the bear. His schedule was not right.

But here’s what happened: In 2017 the Giants’ unwavering loyalty to Eli Manning prompted them to hire a GM at Gettlemans who would try to win one more time with the QB.

Manning and his unwavering allegiance to Gettleman as a roster lost him in the basement of the NFL, costing Schurmur his job.

And then saddled the judge with Gettleman’s mismanagement, it cost a second coach his job before the GM was finally out the door.

Judge inherited a bad GM, a bad roster, and hired an offensive coordinator in Jason Garrett, who everyone knew was really the ownership choice.

The offense deepened in the tank after Garrett’s midseason firing, but the primary reason was a neck injury from Daniel Jones and an offensive line with a good player in the starting five.

Judge’s Chicago rant spoiled everything for him as it shone the national spotlight on the Giants’ dysfunction like never before. The defense was playing well and tough for him, which could not be said for the last two head coaches in the end.

But the Giants’ decision to field Mike Glennon and Jake Froome as their backup QBs left them like a high school offense. So when a fed up judge fired two QB sneaks to evade security against Washington, the pitchforks were out and the Giants had nowhere to hide.

The real shame of Judge firing him was that he was going to be head coach at Mississippi State until Mara in January 2020 and the Giants saw nothing more in him.

Mara saw a Patriot with a vision for a new giant route and appointed the judge, knowing full well that it was not reasonable to expect a quick fix. The judge and the Giants agreed that it would be a long-term rebuild, a process that would take time and some painful changes.

The judge made progress in trying to fix this franchise behind the scenes, including managing their assets. His influence was most evident in last spring’s Draft Day trade back, which gave the Giants the second top-7 pick in this April’s NFL Draft.

Did you think that Gettleman, who wouldn’t take a phone call before drafting overall running back No. 2 in 2018, suddenly understood the value of getting draft capital?

Coming out of the 2020 season, however, the impatient Giants decided it was time to drop the long-term plan and go for it. He spent more on Leonard Williams, Kenny Golladay, Adori Jackson and Kyle Rudolph. They decided they could win NFC East.

They thought – Mara and Tish thought – they really were a better team.

The biggest drawback of veterans is their inability to self-evaluate. This is why they are never meaningfully better. They never understand how far behind they are in the first place.

The only glimmer of hope for the future is that his nine GM candidates are now all outsiders, and Mara is promising his next GM the autonomy to run the entire football operation, including the coaching staff.

Still, Mara’s cold, prepared statement on the judge’s dragged firing was a reminder that the Giants’ ownership is the answer to no one.

“Steve [Tisch] And I both believe that moving in another direction is in the best interest of our franchise,” Mara’s statement read. “We met Joe”. [Monday] Afternoon to discuss the position of the team. I met with Joe again this afternoon, and during that conversation I told Joe about my decision. We appreciate Joe’s efforts on behalf of the organization.

“I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction in which we played our last game of the season,” Mara said. “Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, so we have made this decision.”

These were the words of Mara, the same man who spoke of his “chivalry, his confidence, his leadership, his knowledge of the game” at the judge’s hiring press conference. [and] To create a winning program, their ability to relate to the players and then of course, what it takes to build their work ethic. ,

That’s why Tuesday will no longer serve as the judge’s final indictment. It will be remembered as the indictment of the judgment of Mara and Tisch, who have lost all benefit of the doubt by the time this authority is achieved.

The hardest thing to turn into an NFL club, as the judge himself said, is the way people think.