A few weeks back, the New York Giants co-owner John Mara gave head coach Joe Judge a vote of confidence even though the team’s performance under him has not improved.
There was even a report that he would be involved in the search for a new general manager. That’s all gone now after the Giants lost their fifth straight game in Chicago on Sunday.
Over that stretch, the Giants have gotten crushed to the tune of 141-49. Their offense is now averaging two points less per game (15.7) than they did last year when they finished 6-10.
At 4-12 with one game remaining in this dismal season, Judge is 10-22 since taking over as head coach, putting him in infamous company with such names as Bill Arnsparger, Ray Handley, Ben McAdoo, Pat Shurmur and John McVay.
All of those names above were fired after short stints with the team. Judge should get the same treatment, no? Here’s why management should not give Judge an automatic rubber stamp of approval.
You can’t get much done on offense if your offensive line stinks. The Giants have not done much to improve the line. That’s not Judge’s fault but he did try to con the media and fans this summer by telling us that he thought line was fine.
Judge hired a new coach (Rob Sale) for the unit and then went through a spate of injuries and bad luck. That led to them scratching for bottom-level players at the cut deadline and trotting out a a subpar unit to protect Daniel Jones and open holes for Saquon Barkley.
Judge should have fought harder for general manager Dave Gettleman to get him NFL-level players on the offensive line. By sitting back and then trying to convince the masses that everything was fine just compounded things.
Once again, the Giants are at the top of the league in a category no team wants to lead in — injuries. They are first in the NFL in a category called Adjusted Games Lost and it’s not the first time.
Over the past decade, the Giants have led in this category several times. Judge and his massive couching and training staff have not been able to stem tide of injuries, which has ruined season after season over the last eight years.
Naturally, this is more of an institutional problem. The organization has been carrying the same sad faces for decades and perhaps it’s time to move on.
Judge’s assistant coach hires has been spotty. His choice at offensive coordinator (Jason Garrett) failed miserably and his shuffling at O-line coach may not be over after Sale bashed some players.
Judge has so many assistants, he had to hire a chief of staff to keep track of them all. It is clearly a case where more is not better.
Can anyone tell who is in charge of the sideline? Can anyone tell us what the gameplan is from week-to-week? Why is the final two minutes of each half such a cluster?
And….why do they burn so many timeouts early in halves and allow opponents to score so easily within the final minute of the first half?
These are some of the questions we have for Joe Judge that have yet to be answered. Two years in, these things should not be still unsettled.
Judge came to the Giants as a special teams guru. It is the one unit they should not be getting worse at.
Actually, they haven’t gotten worse. But they haven’t gotten better, either.
Punter Riley Dixon could be on the bubble after a down season. Dixon’s average is down a full yard and his placement and accuracy have waned.
Graham Gano has remained steady as have the coverage teams but the return game has not produced. The longest punt and kickoff returns belong to C.J. Board (26 and 38 yards) — a player who last suited up in Week 6.
The Giants thought they were getting some of Bill Belichick’s mojo when they hired Judge. He has brought none of that. Belichick says little and wins a lot. Judge talks too much and wins little.
Judge’s latest postgame rant went on for 11 minutes. No one is quite sure what his point was. He seemed like a man who is drowning with no help in sight.
The frustration has taken over and Judge is in way over his head here. It’s difficult to see how he can possibly turn this thing around.