New York Giants coach Joe Judge after just two seasons

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge on Tuesday after his two losing seasons with the team.

The move comes a day after general manager Dave Gettleman retired after four seasons on the job.

Judge, a first-time head coach, was 10-23 in his two years. He is the third consecutive Giants coach to be fired after two seasons or less, after Ben McAdoo (13-15) and Pat Shurmur (9-23), as the once-proud franchise goes through one of the worst spells in 10 years. in its history.

The move comes after the judge has been left in limbo for most of the past two days. He operated on Monday as if he were staying, setting up a team meeting before speaking with the owner in the afternoon.

But the Giants didn’t mention Judge would be returning when they sent out a press release announcing Gettleman’s retirement. The judge had scheduled more meetings with the property on the management of the team on Tuesday. It was during one of these meetings that the judge was informed that he would not be returning for a third season.

“[Co-owner] Steve [Tisch] and I both think it’s in the best interest of our franchise to move in a different direction, ”Giants part-owner John Mara said in a statement. “We met with Joe yesterday afternoon to discuss the state of the team. I met Joe again this afternoon, and it was during this conversation that I informed Joe of our decision. We appreciate Joe’s efforts on behalf of the organization.

“I said before the start of the season that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were heading when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement which is why we made that decision.

“We will be hiring a GM and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach.”

Judge, 40, looked safe until the end of the season when the Giants started to spiral out of control after losing quarterback Daniel Jones to injury. They couldn’t move the ball and have scored more than 10 points once in those six games with Mike Glennon, then finally Jake Fromm, who started the Buffalo Bills practice squad.

The Giants used three different starting quarterbacks in a single season for the first time since 1992. It was during Ray Handley’s second season as head coach, and he too was fired after the season ended. .

The property of the giants had wanted to keep it. Mara even gave Judge a vote of confidence earlier this season despite a slow start.

But a lively 11-minute hike after a loss to the Chicago Bears two weeks ago angered the organization, and the consecutive quarterback sneaked up from inside his own 5-yard line in the second and third. Sunday trials in a 22-7. the loss to the Washington football team made Judge an easy target and the Giants a running joke.

The Giants were big spenders last offseason, and the expectation of the property was that they would at least be playoff contenders. But a slow start, 1-5 this season, doomed Judge. New York started 0-5 under him in 2020 and has now missed the playoffs nine of the past 10 seasons.

Judge’s 0.303 winning percentage is the third-worst in Giants franchise history, just above Shurmur, the man he replaced.

The Giants have been among the league’s leaders in games missed due to injury this season. All of their key offensive players – Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, left tackle Andrew Thomas and receivers Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney – have missed at least two games.

Judge came to the Giants after eight seasons with the New England Patriots, primarily as a special teams coordinator. He came highly recommended by Bill Belichick. The judge had previously worked under Nick Saban in Alabama.

New York lured Judge with a five-year contract. He was to become the head coach of Mississippi State, his alma mater, before that opportunity presented itself. Two years and four days later he came out.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.

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