The New York Giants haven’t had much success in a while.
They’ve only had one playoff appearance since their last Super Bowl victory and even lost that game to the Green Bay Packers.
Since 2012, the franchise had just two winning seasons under five head coaches.
But come 2022, the Giants need to find another head coach after firing Joe Judge.
There was little reason to retain him after leading the team to a 4-13 record in his second year as coach.
On second thought, it’s difficult to see a solid reason for his hiring.
Trying To Get That Patriots Magic
Judge coached for the New England Patriots from 2012 to 2019, winning three Super Bowls during that stretch.
However, special teams coordinators aren’t always the hottest of hires whenever an opening for head coach comes up.
Instead, franchises would rather hire offensive or defensive coordinators, former NFL head coaches, or college coaches.
Before Judge, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Frank Gansz was the only person to make the direct transition from special teams to head coach.
That said, it’s hard to justify Judge’s selection other than the Giants hoping to get a slice of the Patriots’ success.
Congrats Giants, you’re free from the stupid decisions and fake toughness of Joe Judge. New York deserves good football! pic.twitter.com/2PdJ9P9hZi
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 11, 2022
Unfortunately, their expectations were far from the harsh reality.
The Giants had a chance to enter the playoffs in 2020, primarily because the NFC East was terrible.
In the end, they finished the season at 6-10.
A year later, Judge had the most losses by a Giants coach in a single season with 13, including six consecutive defeats to end their miserable campaign.
Only two of those losses came in single digits and they had six games of producing 10 points or less.
Fine I’ll throw out a name that makes sense for the Giants opening: went through a lot of adversity in 2018 with the Patriots, doesn’t have guys fighting on the sidelines, free agents want to play for him. The Giants should hire Joe Judge.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 11, 2022
The Giants were terrible on offense throughout the 2021 season, finishing second-worst in total yards per game (287.3), passing yards per game (188), and points per game (15.2).
If there’s any consolation, three of their four victories were against teams with a winning record, two of which made the playoffs.
Sadly, those small victories are not what the public will remember about Judge for a while.
The Domino Finally Fell
Some reports suggested that the Giants decided to keep Judge for the 2022 season.
However, a sequence of events led to his eventual sacking.
First, there’s that epic post-game tirade wherein he claimed that the team is closer to where they want to be and that their players are not brandishing their golf clubs in the locker room.
It would be difficult for Judge to shake off that response until he finds some success.
Likewise, his thoughts reveal how out of touch he is from what’s happening.
Second, GM Dave Gettleman, one of the people Giants fans blame for the team’s demise, retired.
Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge on their way out pic.twitter.com/QPRotQ6NBA
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) January 11, 2022
If the Giants let go of top front office personnel, it would be better to start with a clean slate by firing Judge.
Finally, Brian Flores got the pink slip from the Miami Dolphins despite completing two straight winning seasons.
Obviously, his departure has nothing to do with coaching alone.
If he didn’t survive the purge, why would Judge stay with a 10-23 slate in two seasons?
Brian Flores gets fired before Joe Judge. Someone explain it to me like I’m five.
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) January 10, 2022
There’s a bittersweet celebration among the Giants faithful now that Judge won’t do more damage.
Still, their roster isn’t nearly as competitive as their division rivals Washington Football Team, Philadelphia Eagles, and Dallas Cowboys.
But at least the Giants can revive some sense of optimism again under a new regime.