EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) _ The New York Giants have cleaned house and fired coach Joe Judge a day after general manager Dave Gettleman retired.
The Giants announced the move late Tuesday afternoon, stopping speculation that the owners were planning to hire a new general manager and let him decide the 40-year-old coach’s fate.
Joe Judge has been relieved of his duties as Giants head coach.
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– New York Giants (@Giants) January 11, 2022
Judge posted a record of 10-23 in two seasons, including an embarrassing 4-13 last season. The campaign ended with a losing streak of six games, with the attack doing almost nothing with quarterback Daniel Jones on the sidelines with a neck injury.
Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said they felt it was best for the Giants to move in a different direction after five seasons in a row with double-digit losses.
The Giants have reached the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have been through four coaches in the last six seasons, starting with Ben McAdoo in 2016, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo, Pat Shurmur in 2018 and referee being hired in 2020.
Mara said he met with the judge Monday and again Tuesday and informed him of the decision at the second meeting.
“I said before the season started that I would feel good about the direction we were heading when we played our last game of the season.” Unfortunately, I can not make that statement and that is why we have made this decision, ” Mara said.
A former special teams coordinator with the Patriots, who was coached by Bill Belichick in New England and by Nick Saban in Alabama, the referee promised to bring a tough, tough football back to the area. It was the kind of football Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin learned in building four champions.
There was no doubt that the Giants played hard under Judge. They never gave up. They just did not win enough, especially this season, which was marked by at least a dozen season-ending injuries. O-line lost two starters in the first two weeks of the season and leading tackle and linebacker Blake Martinez went down early.
Judge seemed to unite the fighters. There was some disagreement. He repeatedly said he changed his mind and that would be part of the process of building a winner.
Referee required his players to abide by the rules. The draft pick in the first round, Andrew Thomas, missed a start against Washington in his rookie season in 2020 because he arrived late for a team meeting the night before the game.
Judge was like that. Everything was his way. When offensive coach Marc Colombo and Judge came into disagreement in his first season, Judge fired him. He also fired coordinator Jason Garrett last season when the attack battled, but it did not have the desired effect.
Now the new general manager will hire another coach to try to turn the Giants around again.
“This will be an extensive search for our next general manager,” Mara said after Gettleman’s retirement. “We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player staff, college scouting and coaching.”
The Giants have already put together a list of nine GM candidates they plan to interview, including longtime assistant general manager Kevin Abrams. He can be a tough sale for fans because he has been with the organization for more than two decades. The team has reached the playoffs once (2016) since winning its fourth Super Bowl in February 2012.
The others on the list are Bill’s assistant general manager Joe Schoen; Tennessee Director of Personnel Monti Ossenfort; Titans VP for player staff Ryan Cowden; Chiefs Chief of Staff Ryan Poles; Cardinals VP for player staff Quentin Harris, Cardinals VP for professional staff Adrian Wilson, 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters and 49ers director for player staff Ran Carthon.
Giants fans should be familiar with Carthon. The 40-year-old is the son of former fullback Maurice Carthon, who was a member of Parcell’s’ Super Bowl winning team in the 1986 and ’90 seasons.
Ran Carthon was a running back in Florida and he had a brief NFL career with the Colts and Lions. He was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a scout in 2008, joined the Rams in 2012 as director of player personnel and joined the 49ers in 2017.