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New York Giants Coaching Roundup

The New York Giants need a direction. They have young, potent pieces on both sides of the ball that can be harnessed into great players and eventually lead to quality wins. Dave Gettleman and the Maura’s knew this and brought in a new cast of characters on the coaching staff. Let’s assess the moves.

Head Coach: Joe Judge

Patriots special teams coach Joe Judge on the sideline during warm-ups prior to  Super Bowl LI against the Falcons on Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.  Credit: AP/Jim Mahoney

It starts at the top and the Giants are off to a great start. Joe Judge, a coach who’s spent time under Nick Saban and Bill Bellicheck, also served as an assistant for Mississippi State (2005-2007), a linebackers coach at Birmingham-Southern (2008), a special teams assistant at Alabama (2009-2011) and finally made it to Fox borough, spending time as an special teams assistant (2012-2014), was promoted to full time coordinator in ’15, aiding the Super Bowl LI run and in 2019 Judge took on duties as Wide Receiver coach after Chad O’Shea’s departure. Considering Judge doesn’t have any true play calling experience at the college or NFL level, what he’s bringing to East Rutherford are culture and experience. He comes from a winning culture at both the Patriots and Crimson Tide. We saw former Patriots defensive play caller Brian Flores turn around the Dolphins as they strung some wins together as a team and had some good offensive performances in his debut year as their head coach. In Judge’s powerful introductory presser, he spoke on his coaching philosophy,

“What I’m about is an old school physical mentality. We’re going to put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are going to be proud of because this team will represent this area. We will play fast, we will play downhill, we will play aggressive. We will punch you in the nose for 60 minutes, we will play every play like it has a history and a life of its own, with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves. That is our mission right here.”

-Joe Judge, Giants Head Coach

This shows he has intent for the on-field product, the direction I alluded too earlier, and one that may work with the speed and physicality they have on both sides of the ball.


Offensive Coordinator: Jason Garrett

Photo Credit: Quinn Harris/USA Today Sports

Now, this is a very controversial hire for the franchise with the fan-base. Not only has Garrett been involved with the rival Dallas Cowboys the majority of his football career, both playing and coaching, he’s compiled a 85-67 overall regular season mark as full time head coach in Dallas, with 8 games as an interim captain of the ship to close out 2010. Whilst this is a positive record, Garrett is infamous for a lack of offensive play calling (Kellen Moore called the offense in 2019) and boneheaded in-game decisions. If it’s any consolation Garrett learned under future Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and played under acclaimed offensive minds Norv Turner and Ernie Zampese. He is also familiar with QB Daniel Jones’ play style. There were better hires out there but the jury is still out. Giants fans remain hopeful!

Defensive Coordinator: Patrick Graham

Photo via Miami Herald

There’s a lot to know about newly minted Giants defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. He spent time as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator this past season, which didn’t go so well, seeing as they ranked 3rd in total yards allowed (397.8 per). But he’s had some success with a better cast of characters. Not only has he been with the New England Patriots, with Joe Judge in fact, serving as a coaching assistant (2009), defensive assistant (2010), linebackers coach (2011, 2014-15), and defensive line coach (2012-13). In his five seasons as a position coach (2011-15), New England led the NFL in takeaways (150) and was tied for fourth in sacks (214), he also coached the defensive line in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2016, Graham helped the Giants become the most improved defense in the league, which propelled them to their last postseason appearance. The team allowed 158 fewer points and 1,290 fewer yards than it did in 2015. Their 17.8 points per game allowed was second in the NFL and the team’s best since 2002. The Giants tied for third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (88.6 yards per game). Patrick Graham brings a quartet of positives to the franchise, culture, experience, results and intent. He is quoted as saying he wants to run a ‘fast and physical’ defense which perfectly fits the play styles of the 4 down lineman, especially if the Giants draft either Chase Young or A.J Epenesa. It remains to be seen which defense he will implement, 3-4 or 4-3, dependent on incoming or outgoing starters, but this is an excellent hire.

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