Giants pick Pats’ assistant as new head coach
The New York Giants have their new head coach, and it’s not a name people were expecting. The team has hired Patriots’ wide receivers and special teams coordinator Joe Judge to the role.
Judge joined New England as a special teams assistant in 2012. He took over the special teams full-time in 2014, and replaced Chad O’Shea as receivers coach this season. He was also being considered for the head coaching spot at his alma mater, Mississippi State.
Judge is not the hire that most expected for the G-Men. After Matt Rhule took the Carolina job Tuesday morning, many thought Jason Garrett would be the most likely hire. Garrett is reportedly in consideration for the offensive coordinator role and could really help an inexperienced head coach.
Judge joins Matt Patricia and Brian Flores as ex-Patriots to be hired as head coaches recently. It has been well documented that ex-Pats assistants have not had great results in this capacity. ESPN had an article in 2018 documenting these struggles, and the results are quite daunting.
The Giants hiring Judge means that 4 of the 5 head coach openings in the NFL have been filled. The Cleveland Browns are the only open job remaining. They have already interviewed several candidates and have several more interviews already scheduled. They can take their time since the other positions have been filled, but it has been reported they will likely make a decision by Saturday.