The reason to give Jones another shot is understandable because he did have solid performances this year.
Unfortunately, a neck injury puts him on injured reserve until the season ends.
As for Judge, the Giants front office must bestow a harsh verdict on him.
He will end with a worse record compared to his first season with the team.
At 4-12 after Week 17, the Giants will have their eighth losing season in 10 years.
But that’s not even the worst part because the team demonstrated their futility against the Chicago Bears.
Negative Passing Yards
It’s not a misprint that everyone had more passing yards than the Giants in Week 17 of the 2021 NFL season.
The four-time Super Bowl champions finished with negative 10 net yards against the Bears, and that’s not a typographical error.
On one end, the Bears are third-best in passing yards allowed, with 189.1 yards per game.
But negative 10 yards should have Giants fans burying their heads in disbelief.
It’s the first time since 2009 that a team finished with passing yards below zero.
Giants negative 10 net passing yards is their fewest in a game since 1940.
— WBG84 (@WBG84) January 2, 2022
The Tennessee Titans had negative seven in their 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots back then.
Fast forward to January 2022, and Mike Glennon completed four passes for 24 yards.
However, 34 yards lost off four Bears sacks brought their total to negative 10.
As a result, the Giants could only put up one field goal while Chicago finished with 29 points.
Worst, New York never reached the red zone against the Bears.
You had more passing yards today than the New York Giants pic.twitter.com/j2EpVjNCXw
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 2, 2022
This defeat is another sorrowful result in a season full of misery.
Their fans haven’t had much to cheer for because injuries, poor judgment, unfortunate injuries, and clock mismanagement contributed to their tumultuous campaign.
A performance like this from the Giants should be the final exhibit that it’s time for Judge to take the boot.
It would be hard to justify keeping his job if they can’t finish with positive passing yards.
As a consolation, the Giants dominated the ground game, 161-87.
Please retweet:@Giants We have been patient. We have been loyal. We have spent our hard-earned money. We have sacrificed time away from the family.
No more. You have broken the fan base. Call us when you're serious about fixing this…otherwise, we are done.
— NYGiantsRush (@NYGiantsRush) January 2, 2022
Unfortunately, Judge and the coaching staff couldn’t use that advantage to concoct better passing plays despite their advantage in the run game.
They failed to convert play-action motions for steady gains in the air.
The rushing yards kept the drive going, but the lack of knockout blows through passing yards spelled the Giants’ doom.
Judge Is Feeling The Heat
Unless Judge signs a new contract, his extension is still up in the air.
No wonder he released some bottled-up tension through an 11-minute, expletive-filled tirade by the end of that post-game press conference.
The highlights of his rant were when he said that they’re not running a “clown show organization” and that the “toughest thing to change in a club is the way people think.”
There’s no denying that running an NFL franchise is a serious business.
Here's the video: A fiery Joe Judge says there are players who left the team last year who tell him they wish they were still with the Giants, and there are players currently on the team who are set to be free agents who beg that they want to stay.pic.twitter.com/YpxXQOGLl6
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 3, 2022
However, the way he leads the team on the field makes them look like clowns because they’re playing a comical brand of football.
That said, team owner John Mara still has time to change his mind.
Judge hasn’t done much to be worthy of another year at the helm.
Instead, their loss to the Bears hammered that fact further.