Joe Judge: It all comes down to me; the fish stinks from the head down

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The Giants are slogging through another bad start and it has head coach Joe Judge using clichés to take responsibility six games into the season.

New York is 1-5 for the second year in a row under Judge — though last year that one victory came in the team’s sixth game. The club finished the season 6-10 in 2020, narrowly missing the NFC East title to 7-9 Washington.

But this year’s team has shown little progress, losing an ugly 38-11 game to the Rams last Sunday.

For his part, Judge is vowing to right the ship.

“I’m the head coach. It’s my responsibility,” Judge said Thursday, via Art Stapleton of “Point blank. Every player on this field, every position group, the execution, it all comes down to me. The fish stinks from the head down. I’ve been taught that by great guys I’ve worked for and played for. There’s no excuses.

“There’s no exceptions. You demand it of your coaches to make sure players are playing the right way. You demand it of your players about what to do, and they have to go out there and do it. But it starts with me and ends with me.”

While this year’s team is on Judge, it’s more likely that he’s just a symptom and not the root cause of New York’s larger issues. The Giants have recorded double-digit losses in six of the seven full seasons since 2014 and look like they’re headed for the same result in 2021. That spans four head coaching tenures, dating back to Tom Coughlin’s last two years with the franchise.

Until the Giants get the right decision-makers in place, it’s going to be hard to dig out of the hole the franchise has been in for the better part of the last decade.

8 responses to “Joe Judge: It all comes down to me; the fish stinks from the head down

  1. “It starts with me” is admirable accountability. “It starts with me and ends with me” is telling Mr. Mara whom to fire.

  2. Oh boy. Life pro tip: accountability for the failures of a group is good when executive perception is that it isn’t true. Putting responsibility squarely on your own shoulders when perception is that it’s you, tells them they are right in deciding to cut ties with you. Too late for Joe Judge but for you young guys, keep that one in your mind as you progress up the ladder.

  3. The better comment would’ve been, “We have a lot of things we need to clean up but at the end of the day it’s my job to right the ship. That’s what they pay me for and that’s what we’re going to do”

  4. Joe Judge isn’t the problem. I’d fire Gettleman for some of his draft strategies. Problem is the new GM/existing coach deal. I think Gettleman might “retire” after this year. IDK what would happen to Judge, who I know Mara and Tisch like. But the rash of injuries to important players has been an unfortunate disaster. It might save both jobs.

  5. This is a Mara problem, nothing more. Mara makes bad decision after bad decision, then he compounds it by doing the exact opposite.

    It’s the same thing that happened in the 70’s…

    Giants fans understand, the older fans have seen this before.

  6. In this case, the head is Mara and nearby is Gettleman. Judge isn’t great, but you can’t put this mess on him.

  7. He can’t even get the saying right, how is he supposed to turn around this mess of a team?

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