The Giants went to bat for head coach Joe Judge once again.
As they cleared the lockers a day after the end of the season, 10 players pulled up near the podium, watched reporters through a zoom camera and offered their support to the struggling judge on Monday. This was not trivial as the judge goes through meetings with the Giants property to determine his fate, but it is the norm in these situations. Some of the same players pledged allegiance to head coach Pat Shurmur until he was sacked in 2019.
“I love Coach Judge,” said linebacker Blake Martinez, who has missed the last 13 games. “He can coach everyone from the long snapper to the quarterback. You can’t put it all on one guy or one trainer. We have to build each other up. “
Safety Logan Ryan has known Judge longer than any Giants player, since his 2013 rookie year with the Patriots when Judge was a special teams coach.
“It’s well documented, Joe is a very honest man and transparent with his players,” said Ryan. “Respecting your head coach does a lot of good. He can very well command a hall and lead us as players, in my opinion, and that’s part of the job of a head coach.
“There are a lot of coaches I’ve worked with who are great strategists or great this or that, but they never got to get in front of a hall. They don’t have that kind of moxie about them. With the results not going the way he wanted this year, the locker room largely stayed, and that’s because Joe is consistent with us, respectful and listening to us.
The Giants were beset by personal injuries and failures from “retired” general manager Dave Gettleman en route to a 4-13 record.
“He does a really good job of holding everyone accountable and getting everyone on the right page,” said center Nick Gates, who has missed the last 14 games. “The judge puts us in a good position to be successful, and we just have to perform as players.”
There was a “business as usual” approach at the judge’s meetings on Monday with the assistant coaches – many of whom will not return regardless of the judge’s status – and the players.
“He’s just been talking about next year and how he’s going to build things,” said defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, “and trying to improve us as a team and him as a coach. . “
Tight end Evan Engram has been with the Giants for five consecutive losing seasons under three head coaches.
“I really believe that things here are going in the right direction,” Engram said. “There are things that can be fixed and I hope they will be. “
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