Joe Judge, Old-Fashioned at 38, Wants Blue-Collar Giants – NBC New York

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What to Know

  • Joe Judge has every intention of bringing old-fashioned blue-collar football back to the struggling New York Giants
  • Roughly three minutes after being introduced as the head coach of the Giants, the relative unknown 38-year-old set out to answer the question of who is this young man taking over a franchise
  • The team did not release terms of Judge’s contract

Joe Judge has every intention of bringing old-fashioned blue-collar football back to the struggling New York Giants.

Roughly three minutes after being introduced as the head coach of the
Giants, the relative unknown 38-year-old disciple of two of football’s coaching
greats set out to answer the question of who is this young man taking over a
franchise that has made the playoffs once since the 2011 season.

“What I am about is an old-school physical mentality,” Judge said
Thursday. “We are going to put a product on the field that this city and
region are proud of because this team will represent this area. We will play
fast. We will play downhill. We will be aggressive. We will punch you in the
nose for 60 minutes and we will play every play with a relentless, competitive
attitude.”

The team did not release terms of Judge’s contract, but it certainly was not
close to the seven-year, $62 million deal the Carolina Panthers gave Matt Rhule
on Tuesday. The former Giants assistant had been considered a front-runner for
the Giants’ job.

Judge refused to answer a question about being the Giants’ second choice,
insisting his sole focus is taking advantage of the opportunity he has been
given. He said his team will be fundamentally sound and prepared. He said he
will take care of his players and asked them to give everything they have.

If that sounds like things that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Alabama coach Nick Saban would say, it’s not surprising. Judge worked for both men, winning two national titles with Saban and the Crimson Tide and three with Belichick and the Pats.

Judge said Saban taught him to address everyone on not only what they had to
do, but how it should look, what they are going to do to get there and why it
is important. Belichick made him understand the need to be flexible with his
personnel and to make sure they were playing to their strengths.

Judge talked for roughly 20 minutes in setting out his goals for a team that
has won 12 games over the past three seasons, including nine under Pat Shurmur
over the past two.

Shurmur was fired a week ago Monday. They Giants needed eight days and five
interviews to find a successor.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, who have lost credibility with their
recent hires of Ben McAdoo and Shurmur, described Judge as detailed-orientated,
passionate, disciplined, someone with a voracious appetite to learn, a great
communicator, a student and a teacher.

Judge plans to take his time assembling a staff, saying he wants teachers.
He wants his players to have a team-first approach.

Mara said he went into the interview with Judge on Monday not expecting that much since he did not know much about him. Halfway through the meeting, he felt strongly the Giants had their next coach.

The Giants had an interview scheduled with Rhule on Tuesday. The team
planned to keep the appointment but Rhule’s agent telephoned to say his client
had a deal with the Panthers.

The Giants felt the length of the deal was too long and Mara said they were
excited about Judge.

“There are always risks when you hire a coach who has never been a head
coach. I am just excited about what he brings to the table. He has a certain
poise and presence.”

Tisch spoke with Judge on Tuesday, a day after his initial meeting with
Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin
Abrams.

“We got the right guy at the right time on the right time,” Tisch said.

Judge refused to discuss his plans for either the offense or defense. He
also didn’t want to talk about his players until he studied them.

“We will do whatever fits our personnel against a specific opponent,
3-4, 4-3, man, zone,” Judge said. “We are going to look at the best
path and that could change week by week. We want to build in versatility with
our players and multiples on all sides of the ball.”

Gettleman said Judge is excellent evaluating college talent, someone who can
get players functioning quickly in making the jump to the NFL.

While the Giants have two budding stars in quarterback Daniel Jones and running
back Saquon Barkley, they need help at several positions, particularly
linebacker, on the offensive line and a pass rushing lineman.





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