How safe is Joe Judge’s job with the Giants? | Politics


So let me see if I got it right: One head coach walked into this Giants-Bears game almost certain to lose his job while the other head coach was almost certain to get another season. And the coach who is gto be fired is the one leading 22-3 at halftime.

The coach on the verge of losing his job is the one with a two touchdown lead after the first three and a half minutes, the one whose team scored eight points the hard way – field goal, safety, field goal – in the The final two minutes before halftime, the one whose defense kept the opposing quarterback to frightening four yards for nearly three full quarters.

Poor Matt Nagy. He’s the guy who will likely update his resume, and despite starting a backup quarterback towards the end of a lost season, his Bears came out as if the Lombardi Trophy was on the line in a performance. quite dominant.

It helped, of course, that they were playing Joe Judge’s Giants.

What remains to be said about these giants? What synonyms for shameful and humiliating do we have left to use for this lost franchise? Forget the recording. The Giants are currently the worst team in the NFL, a team that has only regressed over the season.

They barely looked like an NFL team on Sunday – afraid to attempt passes (for good reason), unable to gain a single yard in the shadow of their own end zone, incompetent in all three phases of the match. Worse yet, they hit the head coach in the opening minutes, essentially waving the white flag with their glaring lack of effort.

And we are supposed to believe that the person responsible bears no responsibility for it? Has that judge, with a 10-23 record, done enough to be forced on a new GM who will have to bring a flamethrower on his first day on the job?

Let’s go.

“I’m focusing on this prepped-up team for Washington,” Judge said when asked in Chicago if five straight double-digit losses could put his job at risk. “I don’t deal with assumptions. That’s it. That’s all I care about.

To be clear: it’s not all about Judge. It wasn’t the one who broke his promise to rebuild the offensive line, who used the No.2 pick on a running back, who decided that Mike Glennon – who hasn’t won a game in five years (and it’s not over) as an NFL starter – was the right choice to replace Daniel Jones as quarterback.

Dave Gettleman did all of this and more to put together a list that was both expensive under the salary cap and completely devoid of talent. His successor will have to be a wizard to fix this mess, and it’s on Gettleman.

And even …

If you’ve watched that 29-3 Giants loss to the Bears – and, if you did, can I humbly suggest a new hobby? – it was impossible to find a single area in which Judge is successful as a head coach. The offense stinks. The defense stinks. Special teams really stink, and that was supposed to be Judge’s main area of ​​expertise.

Few games sum up this Giants squad better than the one kicking return Pharoh Cooper made – or, more accurately, didn’t – with 1:01 left in the first half. Cooper watched a Bears kick-off fly overhead, extending his arms as he expected a touchdown. The ball, however, bounced off the 3-yard line and stopped dead there.

The Bears suffocated Cooper after he returned to pick him up. The safety that followed three games later was predictable as it was pathetic, with that offensive line unable to stop the Bears’ defense from choking running back Devontae Booker.

Remember: it was a special teams game that really went off the rails this season months ago. In week two, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence jumped offside on a missed field goal to give Washington a second chance to steal a win on foot.

It’s not Gettleman’s fault. Judge was the one who was supposed to be a piece of Bill Belichick’s block, the one who was going to take care of all the details and bring discipline to the Giants. Remember what he said on his first day on the job?

“We’re going to bring a product to the field that the people of this city and this region will be proud of because this team will represent this region,” Judge said in his introductory press conference.

I can’t think of anything further from the truth now, and during this loss many observers were sharpening their pitchforks. Leading agent David Canter tweeted: “The Giants are a terribly trained football team. Prove it to me. ”If that’s the sentiment of the public, imagine what people say in private.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch cannot let this go on. Mara made his way to Soldier Field, which means he didn’t have to listen as the CBS show turned into a three-hour roast of his franchise. He must know he can’t let this go.

“Everything comes under my umbrella,” the judge said. “I’m never going to take the blame elsewhere. That’s what I signed up for. That’s what the deal is.

If Mara can’t stand firing a third manager in five years, then he has to make the new GM understand that the decision is his and hers alone. And if this new signing sees enough judge to keep him for a third season, well, it’ll be fascinating to hear what he sees that everyone misses.

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