Joe Judge becomes the new Giants coach

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And another one bites the dust.

The Giants have hired Joe Judge to serve as the team’s next head coach, according to multiple reports.

Judge is both the special-teams coordinator and receivers coach in New England. He arrived in 2012 as assistant special-teams coordinator, taking over the coordinator job in 2015. He added the receivers coach position in 2019.

The 38-year-old Philadelphia native spent three years at Alabama before joining the Patriots. He also has coached at Birmingham-Southern and Mississippi State.

The move comes at a time when Jason Garrett’s named had emerged as a possibility for the Giants, but before an interview actually happened. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, a deal with Judge was in the works on Monday night, which became a major factor in Matt Rhule’s decision to take the job in Carolina.

Which means (if true) that Rhule didn’t spurn the Giants, but that the Giants spurned Rhule.

142 responses to “Joe Judge becomes the new Giants coach

  1. Solid special teams guy, but hopefully for the Giants he’s better at being head coach than he was a wide receivers coach. Patriots were second in the league in total drops (Edelman leading the league), and the wideout corp was underwhelming to say the least.

  2. Who? Of course I said the same thing years ago when John Harbaugh was hired as the Ravens coach and that has worked out well!

  3. This is the perfect job. Coming in with a good young QB who just finished his rookie year. Most QB’s look like a bust their rookie year, then become good QB’s. Look at Jared Goff, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. Patrick Mahomes didn’t even get on the field his rookie year. HOFers like Peyton Manning, Elway, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman all looked like busts their rookie year, then each went on to win multiple super bowls and go to the Hall Of Fame. Daniel Jones has a bright future, and now, so does Joe Judge.

  4. Interesting. What a roller coaster for us Giants fans. First thinking they got spurned by Rhule, then hearing they might bring Garrett in, then to find out this was their guy the whole time (Schefter said they were working on a deal Monday night). Now I gotta see who he gets as coordinators.

  5. Why so much media silence on the cheap Clowney hit? Why has the NFL been silent? Why did NBC not talk about it when it happened? Why weren’t replays showed? Why is this far-left democratic site hiding big news stories?

  6. 1. Why did New England have a WR coach?
    2. This guy is going to be way in over his head.
    3. I won my fantasy league championship, i think I’m more qualified than he is

  7. Not a retread or a name most people know so they will say “What are the Giants doing?”

    Joe Judge will then most likely be the most successful of the 2020 new NFL head coaches.

    Stay tuned…

  8. Breaking News:

    The New York Giants will be looking for a new Head Coach and General Manager in 2021.

  9. Why so much media silence on the cheap Clowney hit? Why has the NFL been silent? Why did NBC not talk about it when it happened? Why weren’t replays showed? Why is this far-left democratic site hiding big news stories?
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    Go take your meds, and then go back to sleep.

  10. Why so much media silence on the cheap Clowney hit? Why has the NFL been silent? Why did NBC not talk about it when it happened? Why weren’t replays showed? Why is this far-left democratic site hiding big news stories?

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    Nobody cares about your team or quarterback.

  11. didn’t see that coming. HERE COMES THE JUDGE! Like how Rhule claimed he loved Baylor and wasn’t leaving then when he found out Giants didn’t want him he runs to the panthers. Hope that dude flames out but I guess after the 20 mil he gets he’ll be fine.

  12. Sports fans must be inherently pessimistic. Nobody knows how this is going to work out. Just like nobody knows who is going to win and lose this weekend. We have to wait and see.

    Is watching it play out is the fun part? Or is predicting the future the fun part?

  13. Give the guy a chance. In the past teams get ‘big name’ coaches who turn out to be a bust (Look at Siefert in Carolina). ‘Some’ of the young unknown coaches turn out to be great hires (and granted some dont).

    Could be a gem ? He has a young talented QB, get the co ordinators right and the Giants could be a surprise next season

  14. The dysfunction at the top of the NYG organization is glaring. John Mara hires a special teams coordinator without even interviewing coaches with actual head coaching experience or even OC or DC experience. Unbelievable.

    No wonder Tisch is annoyed. I just wish he’d assert more control over this runaway train.

  15. I thought you guys were going to hire Captain Clapper, The red headed wonder, the princeton princess, he’s been a good coach for a long time…

  16. A good hire. ST coaches do not get enough consideration for HC positions. These guys deal with the entire roster (save QB’s). John Harbaugh was a ST coach. That worked out ok.

  17. Twitter is absolutely losing it’s mind right now that the G-men hired a “WR coach,” from a team where WR was a weakness – without realizing that Judge was the ST coach, and that unit was absolutely amazing.

    No one gives decisions like this any time. The Giants were a laughing stock when they took Danny Jones over Haskins. Granted, it’s just been a year, but I think a lot of opinions changed on that one pretty quickly.

  18. Look at it this way. Either he’s good and that makes the Giants good. Or he’s bad and Gettleman goes for hiring a second bad coach in a row. It’s really a win no matter what happens.

  19. Giants fans, Panther fan here looks like Gettelman is doing to y’all what he did to us…you have my sympathy.

  20. “Most QB’s look like a bust their rookie year, then become good QB’s. Look at Jared Goff, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. Patrick Mahomes didn’t even get on the field his rookie year. HOFers like Peyton Manning, Elway, Terry Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman all looked like busts their rookie year, then each went on to win multiple super bowls and go to the Hall Of Fame.”
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    For every one of those guys, there’s about 10 that were busts, and remained busts.

  21. So from what I read they were prepping contract with Judge before they even met with Rhule. So they left Rhule to the Panthers. And supposedly, they said Belichick was prepping Judge for a head coaching role, like Parcells did for Belichick.

    And they final call was not Gettleman’s, but was Mara’s.

    Regardless at first glance not a sexy pick. Who he hires as coordinators will be key.

  22. Well Giants fans look at it this way, at least your hopes wont be high right? maybe he will surprise you.

  23. @scottyhammer they did interview Mike McCarthy (head coach) and Eric Bieniemy (OC for KC) and Martindale (DC for Balt) before hiring this guy…

  24. So, this leads to a couple of interesting questions: 1. With the jobs filling up, will McDaniels stay in NE, and 2. Will BB try to rehire Chad O’Shea as receivers coach? Both would keep some stability through what is bound to be a very tumultuous offseason.

  25. Richard Nguyen says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Solid special teams guy, but hopefully for the Giants he’s better at being head coach than he was a wide receivers coach. Patriots were second in the league in total drops (Edelman leading the league), and the wideout corp was underwhelming to say the least.
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    Lol blaming this guy for Pedelman leading the league in drops. How’s that revenge tour going?

  26. Either this is a brilliant innovative decision or it’s a total flop.

    Literally true of every HC hired so far. This idea that we know how it’s going to work out for any of them yet is non-sense.

  27. Evidently he comes with the Bellichik Stamp of Approval.

    Young guy, good Pedigree, supposedly in the John Harbaugh Mold, supposedly.

    We will see.

  28. Richard Nguyen says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Solid special teams guy, but hopefully for the Giants he’s better at being head coach than he was a wide receivers coach. Patriots were second in the league in total drops (Edelman leading the league), and the wideout corp was underwhelming to say the least.
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    I get your concern, but I am not sure you can put the drops on Judge. I think that falls on the players to execute. There is only so much technique you can teach to an NFL WR about literally catching the ball. Although, I did not see Dorsett, Harry, Meyers really develop so much over the year.

    Special Teams they were amazing all year. It is an interesting hire for sure

  29. Is it just me or does it feel like Gettleman hires Coaches that are not as smart as he is, so he can always be the smartest guy in the room? Never a good idea – if you are not strong enough to surround yourself with the smartest people you can find…probably shouldn’t be in a position of leadership, but what do I know.

  30. CHURCHILL says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:32 am
    Why so much media silence on the cheap Clowney hit? Why has the NFL been silent? Why did NBC not talk about it when it happened? Why weren’t replays showed? Why is this far-left democratic site hiding big news stories?

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    He wasn’t a Patriot.

  31. Gettleman didn’t make the hire. So the postings about him making the hire can give it a rest. The Giants don’t operate that way. He may be a deterrent to some
    Coaches, but this is a Mara move. Hopefully better than the last few.

  32. Just glad to see the league moving away from familiar retreads and embracing change.

    No love for the Giants but hope this works out well and teams continue to make fewer of the “safe” hirings.

  33. Why so much media silence on the cheap Clowney hit? Why has the NFL been silent? Why did NBC not talk about it when it happened? Why weren’t replays showed? Why is this far-left democratic site hiding big news stories?
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    Be careful… we don’t need a report of an NFL fan drowning in Kool aid. You take a sip and pass it down… this is what happens when you chug…

  34. Huh…. When did Daniel Snyder buy the Giants.
    The NFC East Hierarchy will stay the same for some time.
    Philadelphia
    Wash/Dallas(or Dallas/Wash)
    NY Giants.

    Giants Fans…..Enjoy all those 4th thru 12th draft picks you get for the next 5 years.

  35. what in the hell are you doing gettleman??? I thought the shumur hire was bad…the pats wr coach??!!! did you see how well he coached up that wr corp this year…brady’s best wr lead the league in drops and the rest would of been right there with him if they had the reps… disgusting

  36. The Bellichick coaching tree has been historically barren. Me thinks this could be the latest apple to fall far from the coaching tree

  37. lgw91s says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:35 am
    I see. So McDaniels and Casseio take the reins in Cleveland. Patriots coaching staff taking major blows the last few years.
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    They could go to Cleveland-then again, maybe McDaniels will stay with the Pats. The Browns have something of a dysfunctional front office and owner. Don’t forget Paul DePodesta and his moneyball reports may be breathing down the necks of both Caserio and McDaniels.

  38. Smart guy. Hand picked by BB from Saban’s group. Will have STs tightened up overnight and bring immediate winning credibility as opposed to other bozos.

  39. joshgordonsbong says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    what in the hell are you doing gettleman??? I thought the shumur hire was bad…the pats wr coach??!!! did you see how well he coached up that wr corp this year…brady’s best wr lead the league in drops and the rest would of been right there with him if they had the reps… disgusting

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    STS Coach. Chad O’Shea left with Flores and they needed someone there.

    Hint: There was nothing wrong with NE’s WRs. There weren’t elite, but they were solid options talent-wise, certainly better than 2013 or 2015’s WR group. It was better than last year’s with a breaking down Hogan on board.

    Second hint: Brady is fading away and Stidham will shock people next year to the delight of educated Pats fans who can see it like BB does.

  40. Richard Nguyen says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:26 am
    Solid special teams guy, but hopefully for the Giants he’s better at being head coach than he was a wide receivers coach. Patriots were second in the league in total drops (Edelman leading the league), and the wideout corp was underwhelming to say the least.
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    Could only work with what he had, can’t blame him for Jule’s drops and he was working 2 positions groups.

  41. An interesting hire by the Giants. As a Special teams coach, Judge has excelled and deserves a look. John Harbaugh was a longtime ST coach. It is not impossible for these guys to succeed as head coaches. When Harbaugh came to Baltimore, he had hall of famers like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs in the locker room. The Ravens had already a defensive identity. They certainly helped their rookie head coach. The Giants have a roster that is full of weaknesses. It will be hard to achieve success immediately. The owners and fans are very impatient and expect immediate results. If Judge does not succeed right away, everyone will second guess the hire. Till then, good luck Giants fans.

  42. “tylawspick6 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    Smart guy. Hand picked by BB from Saban’s group. Will have STs tightened up overnight and bring immediate winning credibility as opposed to other bozos.”

    This is the best, most rational take I’ve seen you post.

    I’m pretty shocked looking at twitter & some of the other boards. The vast majority of Patriots fans don’t seem to realize that this guy coached their ST.

  43. LOL @ at the guy who fancies himself an “educated” Pats fan. The same guy who deludes himself into thinking the Pats have a dominant o-line (ranked near bottom for most of the season in pass block win rate), and a dominant run game (that could not convert countless crucial 3rd and 1’s all season and in an elimination game).

  44. Its one thing to take a chance on an OC/DC from a good organization who has never been a HC (or failed their first go around)…but a ST/WR coach? Not gonna pretend to know enough about him to slam the move, but it is definitely a surprise!

  45. A panic move! A reach! He stinks! What is Gettleman thinking?!?!

    Funny. That’s what they said about Daniel Jones…….

  46. nydre4 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm
    A panic move! A reach! He stinks! What is Gettleman thinking?!?!

    Funny. That’s what they said about Daniel Jones…….

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    Well the jury is still out on Jones, let’s see what the Judge has to say on him.

  47. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    January 7, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    He automatically becomes the 2nd best coach in the division.

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    You think so? All three of the other coaches have head-coached teams to a Super Bowl, and two have won it.

  48. Who? Huh? What just happened. I saw a headline on my phone saying the Giants hired a Patriots coach and I thought for sure it was McDaniels..

    Wow. Seems like a reach to me… NYG is turning into the Cleveland Browns. If this guy fails hard next year it will be one and done and Gettleman will be gone too..

  49. This is the good ole boy network on steroids. Of all the qualified pro football coaches, these bums chose New England’s special teams coach.

    Here’s to hoping they go 0 for his tenure as coach.

  50. onebuffalove716 says:
    January 7, 2020 at 11:29 am
    He’s no Joe Toronto so the Giants are probably getting screwed..

    Is everyone jumping off the Pats train now?

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    You should know that I’ve come to my senses and am now a huge Bills fan. They’re the best team in the league with the best fans in the world. I should have been on board all along, a Raiders fan from Toronto is a really embarrassing thing to be.

    Go Bills!

  51. So, as usual, the “insiders” have no idea what they are talking about, and probably just make stuff up to get clicks. Not one prediction has come even close to coming true.

  52. WHO? Never heard of the guy. Didnt the Giants see the play of the Pats receivers this year? So Daniels never got an interview with them. Looks like he is staying put.

  53. kingraven75 says:

    January 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Rich history of Patriots assistants doing so well as head coaches.

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    Two of them lead their teams to the playoffs this year and the Pats got beat by one of them so there’s that….

  54. More coaches fail in this league than succeed so I feel confident that this will be a complete joke of a hire …

  55. Oh I guess at least coming from the Patriots he will be well schooled in the art of cheating … perfect fit for the Giants

  56. On the plus side, Judge can go get top-tier coordinators to run the offense and defense – the Norv Turner and Wade Phillips types who know their side of the ball inside and out. That will keep Judge out of calling plays and ignoring what’s actually happening with the rest of the game – like McAdoo and Shurmur.

    On the minus side, there’s no experience in the “CEO” side of being a head coach, so Judge will also need time-management and rules guys to help him make decisions.

    If in the Giants’ minds it was judge or Rhule, I think they did ok. Rhule clearly went for the money, Judge went for the job. That says enough to me that Judge is worth the chance.

  57. I wonder if this Judge will have his own cheering section like Aaron does in Yankee Stadium.

  58. BB should start poaching the other teams’ coaches. The Patriots is all emptied-out with these teams poaching our coaches trying to duplicate the Patriots esp that punk Flores hauling our core coaches, too lazy or unimaginative to create his own philosophy. It’s just plug and go. Now they see the Texans and the Titans in the playoffs. So even Joe Judge got poached. Disgusting.

  59. I guess ol Josh isnt gonna get a spot this upcoming season haha
    Only the Browns left it appears
    Can’t see him and OBJ and Mayfield along with Landry getting along

  60. It does seem that all these fans of team…me included complain and none about how the Patriots are cheaters and then our teams hire their coaches.

  61. Don’t know nearly enough about him to praise or knock the hire. Does seem like a high risk to take on a guy with a very short resume and no experience as a coordinator though. Time will tell, guy must have had a great interview at least.

  62. Joe Judge is the next next next next next next Bill Belichek. (After Weiss, Mangini, McDaniel, Crennel, Patricia, Flores all failed)

  63. I think most Giants fans would rather have seen them hire Aaron Judge.

    NOTE: the joke here, for those not from the NY Metro area is that most Giants fans tend to be Yankee fans while most Jets fans tend to be Mets fans.

  64. realitypolice says:

    NOTE: the joke here, for those not from the NY Metro area is that most Giants fans tend to be Yankee fans while most Jets fans tend to be Mets fans.

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    I know someone from NY who likes the Jets, the Mets and the Nets… and a few other teams that don’t rhyme.

  65. Whether he pans out or not? Who can say but if he’s the guy they wanted first? Good for them. I always say, get the guy you want. If it fails, try again. It’s better than picking the 5th guy on your list and it failing

  66. Teams seem to be reaching for HCs now the same way they’ve been reaching for QBs for the last 15+yrs!

  67. psljax says:
    January 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm
    It does seem that all these fans of team…me included complain and none about how the Patriots are cheaters and then our teams hire their coaches.

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    And then your teams fire them when they don’t do well. That coaching tree doesn’t live up to the expectation people keep tying to it. And even if NYG wanted to go that route, why not even bother to at least bring McDaniels in.

    Judge may go on to be a great HC. Or he may be 1-and-done. Either way, strange hire.

  68. Giantas fan here. Trying to figure out why Eric Bienemy was never really in serious contention for ANY HC position. He has paid his dues as a former player, position coach and as OC of the the KC Chiefs.

  69. “gizzmonic says:
    January 7, 2020 at 5:16 pm
    im a pats fan and i dont know who he is”

    I found that sentiment from a lot of Pats fans.

    How is that possible? The Pats ST unit is consistently amazing, and you don’t know who coaches them?

  70. Lets all get excited about a special teams coach from the Belicheat tree that has produced more losers than any other long term coach. I stand corrected, Judge was the receivers coach as well. Good grief. This is the New York Giants, not the Jets. The media in New York will eat this guy a live let alone the thousands of season ticket holders that have been passed down through generations as Giant fans.

  71. I’ve got to root for a Patriots guy, but this seems like a huge mistake on the Giants’ part. Judge has nowhere near the experience needed to bring a franchise like the Giants back to prominence. I would expect this of the Browns (but then again, would he even go to the Browns?), but not the long-term powerhouse franchises of the league.

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