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  1. Why Joe Judge hire is a directional change for Giants By Paul Schwartz January 11, 2020 | 3:44am The era of the quarterback cocoon ends here. And now. The Giants promoted Ben McAdoo from offensive coordinator to head coach in large part because they loved what he did to help fix Eli Manning and figured imposing a whole new system on Manning would be counterproductive. Sure, the Giants hired Pat Shurmur because he was an “adult,’’ but mostly based on his excellence working and developing quarterbacks of all shapes and sizes. If he could get Case Keenum to an NFC Championship game, Shurmur’s hand on Manning and then whichever rookie quarterback the Giants plucked out of the NFL draft, the reasoning went, should lead to similar success. This line of thinking guided some assessing the coaching search process to connect the dots and assume the Giants this time around would pick someone who best serves Daniel Jones. As it turned out, those dots remain scattered. The Giants did not sell their quarterback, no longer a rookie, on the candidates. None of the six interviews was tinged with “Take our quarterback … please’’ entreaties. Joe Judge, with a background mostly in special teams, has no trace of ever working with quarterbacks at any stop on his coaching trail. The closest he got was picking up the added responsibility in 2019 of working with the Patriots’ wide receivers — you know, the guys who (sometimes) caught Tom Brady’s passes. Special teams coordinators work with players from virtually every position, blending big and small and fast and slow. They do not, however, put quarterbacks on the return team or turn quarterbacks into gunners on the punt coverage unit. It is essential for Judge to find seasoned assistants to guide his offense and work with his inherited quarterback. It is important for Judge to get in the head of Daniel Jones and stay there, as there has to be a symbiotic relationship even though Judge will not be calling any plays. This does not mean this is a Judge-Jones production. A team does not get this bad for this long because of the demise of one player at one position. Judge did not offer even the most perfunctory comment about Jones. He did not even say his name during Thursday’s introductory press conference. When given the opportunity to state what he liked about Jones, Judge put together words that used up oxygen and nothing else. “I don’t want to get into any analysis of any player right now specifically,’’ Judge said. “I want to take my time, do my homework, and then reflect back on a time when I’ve had time to really break them all down. I understand the question, I appreciate the question, but I want to make sure that instead of just spurting off my mouth from, at this point still an outsider’s view, I’ve got to get the insider’s perspective with all of the information and further analyze what they can do.’’ Judge was reminded he was on the sideline at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 10 when the Patriots hosted the Giants. Jones struggled that night against the mighty Patriots defense, completing only 15 of 31 passes for 161 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for a season-worst passer rating of 35.2. Surely, Judge came away with an impression of Jones. “Again, I’m just going to go back with that one right there as far as that,’’ Judge said. Judge was the last of five interviews the Giants conducted and every candidate got his chance to opine on what they saw in Jones. “I will tell you this, it felt good that every person we interviewed loves the quarterback,’’ co-owner John Mara said. “They all said that to us. They all said, ‘We could win with this guy. He has some unique talents.’ That was something that was great for us to hear.’’ There is no reason to believe this is untrue, just as there is much to like about Daniel Jones. Still, it is difficult to believe anyone sitting down trying to get hired by the Giants would say, “Daniel Jones? Meh.’’ General manager Dave Gettleman said he really hasn’t spoken much to Judge about Jones. “He’s on the outside looking in the periphery,’’ Gettleman said. “We believe Daniel is our guy.’’ Shurmur did the heavy lifting getting a prospect from Duke up to speed in the NFL game and suffered through Jones’ natural growing pains. If Jones goes on to big things, the foundation Shurmur set should always be remembered. Shurmur, though, did say after Jones tossed three interceptions against the Packers that it was a sign of progress: “Well, the turnovers were interceptions, right? Today they weren’t fumbles, right?’’ It is difficult to anticipate that sentiment flowing out of Judge. He said he is here to coach everyone hard. That includes the young quarterback.
  2. Joe Judge: 10 facts about the new Giants head coach By Charles McDonald New York Daily News | Jan 07, 2020 | 1:14 PM The Giants hired New England Patriots wide receivers/special teams coach Joe Judge to be the team’s 21st head coach on Tuesday. The 38-year-old coach might be an unknown to most Giants fans, so here are a few facts about him: Ex-Patriots' special teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge has been tagged as the Giants' new head coach. (Steven Senne/AP) Judge was born in Philadelphia in 1981 and lived in Pennsylvania before playing college football at Mississippi State. He started his coaching career in 2005 as a graduate assistant for Mississippi State. He had also considered filling Mississippi’s head coaching vacancy before agreeing to terms with the Giants. In 2009, he was brought to Alabama — in Nick Saban’s second year as the Tide’s head coach — as a special teams assistant. He spent 2012-2014 as a Patriots special teams assistant before getting promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015. He had wide receivers coach added to his job title prior to 2019. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Judge was the only coach in the NFL with both wide receiver and special teams duties. Judge took over the wide receiver coaches role after former wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea became the Dolphins offensive coordinator for the 2019 season. His special teams units ranked fifth (2015), eighth (2016), third (2017), 16th (2018), and 11th (2019) in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric over his five seasons as the lead coordinator. According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Judge lived next door to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Judge was going to follow Josh McDaniels to Indianapolis, but went back to New England after McDaniels decided not to follow through on his commitment to the Colts. Judge was on the coaching staff for three recent Patriots’ Super Bowl victories — against the Seahawks, Falcons, and Rams. His uncle, Jerry Judge, once boxed against George Foreman in an exhibition — and was knocked out in the second round.
  3. New York Giants fire coach Pat Shurmur after two seasons, per report Art Stapleton, NorthJersey.com 40 mins ago ideo by NFL EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have fired Pat Shurmur after two seasons, NFL Network reported Monday, and for the second time in four years, they are searching for a new head coach. Shurmur was hired in January 2018 as the successor to Ben McAdoo, who was fired with four games remaining in the 2017 season. Steve Spagnuolo served as interim head coach for the final month before the Giants embarked on a coaching search that included perceived finalists Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels and Shurmur, who ended up being the choice. His two-year record with the Giants is 9-23, including a nine-game losing streak that matched the longest in the team's 94-year history (1976). "This is a wins business. I get it. I get it," Shurmur said Sunday after the Giants' 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. "We've been talking about this for, I think, six weeks, right? You've been asking me the same questions for six weeks... But that's the reality of this business. When you don't win, that's the line of questioning. I get that." Shurmur's best argument for returning would have been the development of Daniel Jones, who finished the season "light years" from where he was when he arrived as the No. 6 overall pick last April. Shurmur made the switch from Eli Manning to Jones heading into Week 3, believing that he and Jones would get time to grow together and turn this relationship into something special. © Brad Penner, Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Had he known this would be his make-or-break season with three years left on his contract, perhaps Shurmur would have delayed Jones' insertion into the lineup, in turn strengthening his case to stay and be the one to develop Jones later in the year. Shurmur was hired because he was an "adult," according to general manager Dave Gettleman, and the sentiment was echoed by co-owner and team president John Mara. He was brought in as McAdoo's successor to stabilize things off the field while being the right coach to pick Manning's successor at quarterback. From that perspective, Shurmur did his job. The Giants are far more settled than they were two years ago off the field. Now, that does not make them winners – the scoreboard does – and for that, Shurmur needs to be held accountable with context. His in-game rationale with planning and decision-making has been suspect, mostly due to the inconsistency with which he has operated. His record is what it is – let's not bring up his two years in Cleveland, because the Giants hired him despite that – and there remained a legitimate question as to whether Shurmur was the right coach for the post-McAdoo fallout, but not the one to move the Giants forward from this to another level. Team brass has provided the answer, and now, less than two years after he was hired, Shurmur has unceremoniously been shown the door.
  4. The Giants need to stop seeing the glass half full when it's almost completely empty The Giants are simply in denial By Ralph Vacchiano | 1:24AM Share: (Bill Streicher) Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive PHILADELPHIA - The Giants are in denial. That's the only way to explain it. They see a glass half full when it's almost completely empty. They aren't just bad, they're historically bad, riding the longest losing streak in franchise history. And yet … "We're going to get this thing turned around," said receiver Sterling Shepard. "I feel like we have the right people and the right talent," added linebacker Alec Ogletree. "We're one of the best organizations in the world," said running back Saquon Barkley. Just a reminder: After their heartbreaking, 23-17 overtime loss in Philadelphia - the one where they blew a 17-3 halftime lead - the Giants are 2-11 and haven't won since Sept. 29. And maybe this is the problem - or at least one of the many problems. The Giants have graduated from the Bill Parcells years of "You are what your record says you are" and into an era where they think that "behind the scenes" progress somehow matters. A week ago, Barkley even said the Giants practice like they're 10-2, as if that was supposed to matter to anyone, anywhere at all. You know who likely doesn't care about that? Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch - especially Mara, who seems to be about as mad as he's been in recent years, which is saying something considering how bad his team has been since 2011. He cares that the Giants have won just seven of their last 29 games, and 10 of their last 45. That's a 10-35 record since the start of the 2017 season. One playoff berth and no playoff wins since Super Bowl XLVI. So imagine how little he cares when he hears this from Barkley, after he was asked if he thinks the Giants have the potential to become a winning franchise. "Yes," he said. "Very soon. I know this is a place we can win big. It's the Giants. We're one of the best organizations in the world. When you come to work you can see it. Not just by the players, but the people upstairs, the training staff, the kitchen staff, every staff up there, the way that we're built, the way that we are the way we operate. We have a winning culture inside. "We just can't do it on Sundays. It makes no sense to me. At all, actually." Hooray for the kitchen staff and all the other professionals in the organization, but the paying customers only care about what happens on those Sundays. The fact that they can't is why Mara is almost certainly considering firing head coach Pat Shurmur with three years still left on his contract and hiring a fifth coach in the last six seasons. Just the thought of that has to be nauseating for Mara, who believes strongly in patience and stability in his franchise. Five coaches in six seasons is something the worst franchises in the NFL rarely even do. That's how hard the Giants have smacked into rock bottom. But desperate times are here and happy talk and believing isn't enough. The Giants can't just clap real loud or click their heels three times to make them into the team they seem to think they should be. Fairy tales don't come true without help. "I do believe we're going to turn it around," Barkley said. "When it does it's going to be an amazing story. But for that to happen we've got to find a way to win a game." That last part, of course, is the rub. It has now been 71 days since the Giants last won a game, and nobody's crazy enough to beat heavily on them when they return home to face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday - not the way the Dolphins have been playing over the last six weeks. And the Giants don't seem any closer to figuring out a winning formula. Even veteran quarterback Eli Manning, who had 12 weeks to sit back and watch this mess after he was benched for rookie Daniel Jones in Week 3, doesn't seem to have any answers. "It's tough," he said. "It's frustrating, because we work hard and practice hard. We've been in a bunch of close games. For whatever reason, we can't put the game away." Here's the reason, and there's no way around it: They are a bad football team that thinks it's good. They shouldn't revel in how they practice, because they're obviously not practicing hard enough or well enough. They shouldn't be mesmerized, wondering how they keep losing games when they have so much talent. Instead they should accept that their talent just isn't good enough. And they should be angry about that, not dumbfounded. They need less happy talk, less talk about their effort, and more of someone throwing a chair through a wall in the locker room. They shouldn't be content or comfortable with anything that's happened in 2019. And they should be worried about their futures too. Because this is the Giants' reality - the only reality that matters: They are what their record says they are - and the record says they are awful. One of the worst teams, if not the worst, in the NFL. The sooner the whole franchise accepts that, the better off their future is going to be.
  5. i really wish someone would tell the truth about someone when they die. Tell them...I was an asshole...a sarcastic little bitch and NO ONE liked me!

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