The Giants are spiraling out of control, the Jets have put themselves in position to win the division and Joe is now a Jet. A week ago Mara said he’s confident that Judge will remain with the NYG for years to come. Now, it appears this confidence was misplaced…
Fans of the New York Giants must pray that owner John Mara sees sense before it’s too late. With their favorite club mired in yet another losing season, it’s understandable for fans to question whether one of the NFL’s most storied teams can ever be a legitimate Super Bowl contender again.
Unfortunately for Giants fans, the newest information on what will happen to controversial head coach Joe Judge shows that the team’s management is absolutely uninformed.
And if Mara continues to refuse to see the light, he’ll be in for another poor season in 2022.
The second year of Joe Judge’s presidency has started off badly.
Since taking over as head coach of the New York Giants, Joe Judge hasn’t had much to grin about. | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Joe Judge enters the 2021 season with a lot to prove after a 6-10 first season as an NFL head coach. Unfortunately for the former Bill Belichick assistant, his second year in charge has been marred by more unpleasant moments and a startling amount of defeats.
To put it frankly, the Giants’ season has been a complete catastrophe. They’re still in last place in their division, with a 4-9 record, and appear like they’ll miss the playoffs for the sixth year in a row. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they lost all four of their remaining games.
On either side of the ball, Judge’s team hasn’t been good enough. While soon-to-be dismissed general manager Dave Gettleman bears some responsibility for the team’s current predicament, it’s reasonable to say the players have also failed to produce. The Giants haven’t given their supporters anything to shout about in 2021, from Daniel Jones’ persistent troubles to Saquon Barkley’s failure to remain healthy and deliver on his No. 2 overall ranking to Patrick Graham’s defense surrendering over 24 points per game.
Naturally, this has led to conjecture regarding Judge’s future involvement with the series. With a 10-19 career record and a squad without a distinct identity, it’s reasonable to ask whether he’ll hold his job at the end of the season.
The most recent report on the often chastised head coach demonstrates that John Mara is utterly insane.
Joe Judge does not have the right to choose his own general manager. A coach who is in charge of a team with 10-18 players is not allowed to make any decisions.
A coach who refuses to invest in player development and would gladly start Mike Glennon over Jake Fromm deserves to have his desk cleaned away.
John Mara will have to find a new general manager and coach. Start again at https://t.co/6j8dz3Pcay and https://t.co/6j8dz3Pcay.
10 December 2021 — Doug Rush (@TheDougRush)
Unfortunately for Giants supporters anticipating for major changes in 2022, it seems that one position will stay same. While Gettleman’s disgraceful track record with personnel judgments may cost him his job at the end of the season, the company seems to have no intentions to fire Judge.
In fact, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano said that the Giants’ 39-year-old head coach would be retained for at least one more season.
“I would’ve told you no chance he gets fired a couple weeks ago,” an NFL insider told Vacchiano. “Now? I’d probably answer ‘No chance’ even after the Giants’ 37-21 defeat to the Chargers on Sunday. [Mara] is a big fan of Judge. He believes he’s discovered his Bill Belichick or Bill Parcells. And there’s no way he’s going to give up on another coach so quickly.”
The Giants’ often chastised owner seems to think he hired a modern-day version of Belichick, which seems to be absolutely irrational given what’s happened since Judge departed New England for New York. He isn’t in his class only because he obtained experience working for the great Patriots coach.
What precisely has Judge done to convey the notion that he’s the next Bill Belichick or Bill Parcells? On defense, the Giants have taken a step back, and on offensively, they are still unsure where they want to go. In 2021, they had 22 turnovers and have already had 17 in 13 games. For someone who made his teeth as a special teams coordinator, the fact that the Giants were 13th in Football Outsiders’ Special Teams DVOA statistic in 2020 and are now 12th doesn’t bode well for Judge.
Sure, he makes an effort to act the role. And his press appearances are littered with words like “we’ll get this right.” But, like so many of Belichick’s protégés, Judge has been unable to duplicate the Patriots’ winning recipe.
Mara, on the other hand, seems to have a different perspective on the issue, and his commitment to a coach who hasn’t shown the ability to win on a continuous basis should make Giants supporters wary of what lies ahead.
Giants supporters must hope that the team undergoes a complete overhaul this summer.
With today’s defeat against the Chargers, the New York Giants have officially sealed their 5th consecutive losing season.
Since 1976-1980, this is the first time in team history that they have had five consecutive losing seasons. pic.twitter.com/QN99NG968j
December 13, 2021 — Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums)
Any fan base would be angry after five straight losing seasons. And, given how horribly the Giants have bungled the roster-building process over the years, it’s tough not to sympathize with Mara’s supporters.
What is the best way to turn things around?
In the end, the Giants’ only option is to rebuild from the ground up. This is a club that is in desperate need of a strong starting quarterback, which is the most important need for any team with championship ambitions. Moving on from Daniel Jones, who has constantly underwhelmed, and finding a successor via the draft or trade market must be the primary goal this summer.
Of course, the decision will not be made by Gettleman. Mara can’t afford to get it wrong this time after swinging and missing on the former Carolina Panthers GM. The Giants will never be able to compete for a championship again until they make a good hiring at that position.
What about Judge?
He may not be the worst head coach in the league, but he hasn’t done enough to earn a third season. It would be more logical for the Giants to hire a new general manager and head coach who can work together to improve the team’s roster.
On the other hand, this is a franchise with a shaky track record of making sound judgments.
And that is precisely why, before John Mara’s squad becomes the league’s laughingstock, a full-scale makeover is required.
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