The New York Giants are in a tough spot as an organization as the November 2 NFL trade deadline approaches.
The team is sitting at 2-5, but both GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge could be on the hot seat.
That may mean they decide to make a move with the future in mind, hoping ownership gives them another year if they finish with a losing record yet again.
Judge seemed to shed some light on the manner with a recent quote about his team’s plans at the deadline.
“I always think long-term,” Judge said. “Sometimes, long-term can come in a move you can make immediately at this point, but I’m always thinking long-term. I’ve said this from the beginning, I’m not about taking shortcuts into anything. I’ve made it very clear in terms of my vision of the team and where I want to build it. It’s being built for long-term success.”
That was one part of a larger quote in which Judge continued to stress the “long-term” approach he has with the Giants.
Joe Judge on if the #Giants would be buyers or sellers at the deadline: “I always think long term … I’m not about taking shortcuts into anything. I’ve made my vision of the team clear for where I want to go, built for long term success.”
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) October 25, 2021
Will He Last?
Having a long-term approach is great and is indeed the right mindset.
However, the mindset won’t matter much if Judge is gone following the conclusion of the season.
"We have a very resilient team"
-Joe Judge pic.twitter.com/0BzI3eWZeH
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) October 24, 2021
And if the team does get a new GM, that individual may not even want the players potentially acquired at this year’s deadline.
One interpretation of Judge’s quote is that the Giants could still be buyers.
They could keep a long-term approach in mind by adding draft picks to build for the future.
Yet once again, he may not be around to do the building.
Gettleman, however, may truly be the one on a short leash.
He is the one giving Judge the players and has not lived up to any of his promises since joining the organization.
Is that because of Judge?
Such a question is something ownership must answer and ultimately, the Giants could get wild at the deadline if jobs are on the line.
There is truly nothing to lose.