Joe Judge took over a New York Giants team in need of significant cultural changes.
For many years, the Giants were not only relevant, but a threat to make the playoffs every season. Now, they’re a disappointing franchise playing in a terrible NFC East Division.
Many years before Joe Judge donned his hoodie and mask for the New York Giants, he played college football. Judge would have made the WWE proud with how he fared in a college fight.
Joe Judge is in his first year with the Giants
Joe Judge is the New York Giants’ third full-time head coach in the last five seasons.
Consider that for a second. Tom Coughlin coached the Giants from 2004-15 and won two Super Bowl titles along the way.
The Giants are a long way removed from even sniffing the playoffs. The once-proud Giants have endured three straight losing seasons and many embarrassing losses along the way.
Ben McAdoo led the Giants to the playoffs in 2016, but didn’t even finish his second year. Pat Shurmur had an old and inconsistent team in his two seasons, which led to his firing last year.
Enter Judge, a longtime Patriots assistant under Bill Belichick.
Joe Judge has tried creating a new culture for the Giants
The New York Giants opened Joe Judge’s first season with six losses in the first seven games.
If there was any consolation, though, it was the Giants played very competitively in most of those games — aside from a 36-9 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3, at least.
Four of the Giants’ six losses were by eight or fewer points. Although an inability to finish is a bad sign, it at least shows the Giants are possibly close to breaking through and winning soon.
Had the Giants upset the Chicago Bears in Week 2 (a 17-13 loss) or held off the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 (a 37-34 loss in the Dak Prescott injury game), Judge’s first season would look much different.
Judge would have made the WWE proud during a college fight
Long before Joe Judge took over the New York Giants or won three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, he played college football at Mississippi State.
Judge played quarterback and served as the holder on special teams from 2000-04. However, his most notable moment as a player had nothing to do with throwing touchdowns or keeping the ball secure.
Late in the 2004 season, Alabama and Mississippi State got into a brawl. According to the New York Post, officials ejected Judge when he threw Alabama defensive lineman Jeremy Clark over his team’s bench.
Judge served a one-game suspension for the incident. He spent that week working as an unpaid coach, which helped spur him to stay at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant after the season.
As exciting as a similar incident may be to fans and players alike, Judge may want to avoid throwing any players around in 2020.