John Mara: Giants moved fast on Joe Judge because Mississippi State was after him

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The Giants hired their new head coach Joe Judge suddenly and before anyone realized their coaching search was finished, in part because of competition not from an NFL team, but from a college team.

According to Giants owner John Mara, Mississippi State was making a strong push for Judge, and the Giants wanted to hire him before Mississippi State could.

“He was under some pressure to make a decision for Mississippi State,” Mara said on WFAN. “They were putting some pressure on him to come to an agreement quickly.”

The Giants canceled a scheduled interview with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to hire Judge, so they were serious about acting fast so as not to lose Judge. It’s surprising, to say the least, that the Giants thought they might lose their first choice of head coaches to Mississippi State, which is not a top-tier college coaching job, but that’s where the Giants were.

Judge played his college football at Mississippi State and had his first coaching job there as a graduate assistant, so perhaps the Giants thought the personal connection was enough for Judge to take that job if they didn’t act fast to lock him in. Mississippi State ended up hiring Mike Leach the day after the Giants hired Judge.

21 responses to “John Mara: Giants moved fast on Joe Judge because Mississippi State was after him

  1. Does anyone really believe this? Mara is simply spreading stories trying to justify making an unnecessarily quick decision. Besides, regardless of whether Judge played at Mississippi State, why in the world would he or anyone else want to live in Starkville instead of New York City.

  2. Tipical winner mover… you hurry yourself up not because you are sure about tour Choice but because a third part forces you.

    Winner recipe…

  3. Starkville, MS. > and part of New Jersey. You got suckered, JJ. Good luck, nonetheless – you’ll need it with meddling Mara and the untalented roster Gettleman has deposited in your locker room.

  4. “It’s surprising, to say the least, that the Giants thought they might lose their first choice of head coaches to Mississippi State, which is not a top-tier college coaching job, but that’s where the Giants were.”

    They probably offered him more money than the Giants did.

  5. “Besides, regardless of whether Judge played at Mississippi State, why in the world would he or anyone else want to live in Starkville instead of New York City.”

    Why would anyone want to live in either of those places?

  6. Teams should start hiring some former players. Some of these ex players were great leaders. All of these NFL head coaches are geniuses. Every year 3 -5 head coaches are fired. Former players can’t be any worse than the current NFL coaches that are being hired. Ronnie Lott, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Rice, Ed Reed…

  7. Teams should start hiring some former players who were in the league 10+… 15+ years. As head coaches. Some of these ex players were great leaders. All of these NFL head coaches ARE NOT geniuses. lol Every year 3 -5 head coaches are fired. Former players can’t be any worse than the current NFL coaches that are being hired. Ronnie Lott, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Rice, Ed Reed…

  8. They should have waited on Garrett’s availability! Jerrah was afraid they’d get him and he’d kick their butts for years to come!

  9. I think Starkville MS isn’t that much different than NW Jersey. Outside of hills.

    Most of the US looks rural. People mostly think of NY and NJ as buildings and nothing could be further from the truth.

    Everyone wants to live where they live for many reasons. I think coaches go where the opportunity is best. Whether that’s your college or an NFL team. Would he have taken the Browns? Would he have taken Clemson? Only he knows.

    PS: No way you should EVER rush a decision based on competition. Aren’t the best trades often the ones you don’t make? Same concept.

  10. He does realize how this looks, doesn’t he? The more the new Mara talks, the more you realize why the Giants are in the situation they’ve been in the last few years. It’s curious that the new Tish never speaks.

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