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Hiring Joe Judge a bold stroke by Giants, who need to shake things up – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Joe Judge. It’s a gutsy move for the New York Giants, who reportedly are on the verge of making him their new coach. It’s a name that won’t immediately inspire the fan base, even after having matriculated under New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

Judge, 38, has spent the past eight seasons with the Patriots. His NFL career began as a special teams assistant with New England in 2012 and then he became the special teams coach when he was 34. He most recently added wide receivers coach to his résumé. And to be honest, 2019 wasn’t the best season for Patriots wide receivers.

Risky, no doubt. Judge has never been a head coach at any level. He is taking over a Giants team that just finished 4-12 and has missed the playoffs seven of the past eight years. The fan base is irate that the Giants didn’t land Mike McCarthy (Dallas Cowboys) or Matt Rhule (Carolina Panthers) — two of the favorites in the search — and views it as a continuation of New York’s string of questionable moves.

In this case, the snap judgment might be premature. Judge, who blew the Giants away during his interview, was an intriguing candidate from the start with his pedigree and personality. He’s known as a fiery coach who isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers with players. And that might be exactly what the Giants need.

His path also has a strikingly familiar feel to Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who was the Philadelphia Eagles‘ special teams coach for nine seasons under coach Andy Reid.

When Harbaugh was hired in 2008, it came after the Ravens had tried to land Jason Garrett, then the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys. That move was not well-received by Ravens fans at the time, but has proven to be the right move for the franchise. Harbaugh is smart, fiery and waited patiently for his first head-coaching opportunity. Now, he leads the AFC’s No. 1 seed into the divisional round of the playoffs this weekend and already has a Super Bowl win with Baltimore on his résumé.

The Giants can only hope Judge matches that success — and that McCarthy in Dallas or Rhule in Carolina don’t become the next Belichick.

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There is no doubt Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch are conducting risky business these days. They have seen their marquee franchise lose some of its luster with so much losing. And admittedly the blame starts with them.

But this move at least shows they are open to significant change. It’s proof the Giants entered this process with an open mind and were willing to stray from some of their previous ways, which landed them in this undesirable position in the first place.

Judge has no previous connection to the organization and was considered a long shot entering the process. But he won over the room to the point the Giants weren’t going to bend over backwards to accommodate Rhule, who was scheduled to interview on Tuesday. The Giants also bypassed a previously scheduled interview with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Wednesday.

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