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Joe Judge
New York Giants

Should Giants Re-Think Bringing Back Joe Judge?

  • Justin Melo
  • January 3, 2022
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Stop me if you've heard this before. The New York Giants were thoroughly embarrassed on Sunday afternoon as they were thrashed by the Chicago Bears to the tune of a 29-3 final score. Sunday's gutless showing against the Bears was undeniably one of New York's worst performances in a campaign that's been riddled with them. Starting quarterback Mike Glennon inexplicably completed just 4-of-11 passing attempts for *checks notes* 24 yards and two interceptions. Glennon also fumbled on an astounding four occasions, two of which were recovered by the opposition. Context is crucial. The Giants essentially refused to throw the football despite falling behind by multiple scores in rather quick succession. Perhaps the only thing that was more embarrassing than New York's on-field performance was head coach Joe Judge's post-game tangent that was short on execution and long on ridiculousness. Judge ranted for several minutes regarding the "positive progress" the franchise has made just minutes after being embarrassed by an underperforming Bears team that started their second-choice quarterback. According to multiple reports, the Giants' ownership group has already decided to retain Judge's services for the next campaign, and we are struggling to comprehend the reasoning behind that decision. Judge has done incredibly little to warrant receiving another chance at righting the ship. There are various reasons why it represents the unthinkable. It would be silly to make a decision based on one performance, but Sunday's showing was pitiful and unfortunately captures what the Giants have been under Judge's watch—woefully unprepared while failing to compete in an acceptable manner. Judge made the decision to fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in late November, a popular decision amongst fans that had grown tired of watching a stale product. The result? New York's offense has somehow gotten worse, with Glennon turning in an all-time performance on Sunday. Judge can't be entirely blamed for the sins of Glennon, who is not an NFL-worthy quarterback despite being dumbfoundedly rostered as such, but he can be judged (pun intended) for his 10-22 record as a head coach while failing to lead the Giants to any semblance of improvement throughout his tenure. President John Mara and Co. have seemingly made the decision to retain Judge for 2022 and beyond despite the mounting evidence proving they should instead be getting a head start on their search to identify their next coach. Judge may make us eat our words at some point, but it's looking highly doubtful. He'll apparently get a chance to silence the naysayers and critics, whether he deserves one or not.

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