Youth­ful Judge preach­ing a method that’s old-fash­ioned

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coach Nick Sa­ban would say, it’s not sur­pris­ing. Judge worked for both men, win­ning two na­tional ti­tles with Sa­ban and the Crim­son Tide and three Su­per Bowls with Belichick and the Pats.

Judge said Sa­ban taught him to ad­dress ev­ery­one not only on what they had to do, but how it should look, what they are go­ing to do to get there and why it is im­por­tant.

Belichick made him un­der­stand the need to be flex­i­ble with his per­son­nel and to make sure they were play­ing to their strengths.

Judge talked for roughly 20 min­utes in set­ting out his goals for a team that has won 12 games over the past three sea­sons, in­clud­ing nine un­der Pat Shur­mur over the past two.

Shur­mur was fired a week ago Mon­day. The Gi­ants needed eight days and five in­ter­views to find a suc­ces­sor.

Co-own­ers John Mara and Steve Tisch, who have lost cred­i­bil­ity with their re­cent hires of Ben McA­doo and Shur­mur, de­scribed Judge as de­tail-ori­ented, pas­sion­ate, dis­ci­plined, some­one with a vo­ra­cious ap­petite to learn, a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor, a stu­dent and a teacher.

Judge plans to take his time as­sem­bling a staff, say­ing he wants teach­ers. He wants his play­ers to have a team-first ap­proach.

Mara said he went into the in­ter­view with Judge on Mon­day not ex­pect­ing that much since he did not know much about him. Half­way through the meet­ing, he felt strongly the Gi­ants had their next coach.

The Gi­ants had an in­ter­view sched­uled with Rhule on Tues­day. The team planned to keep the ap­point­ment, but Rhule’s agent tele­phoned to say his client had a deal with the Pan­thers.

The Gi­ants felt the length of the deal was too long, and Mara said they were ex­cited about Judge.

“There are al­ways risks when you hire a coach who has never been a head coach,” Mara said. “I am just ex­cited about what he brings to the ta­ble. He has a cer­tain poise and pres­ence.”

Tisch spoke with Judge on Tues­day, a day af­ter his ini­tial meet­ing with Mara, gen­eral man­ager Dave Get­tle­man and as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Kevin Abrams.

“We got the right guy at the right time on the right time,” Tisch said.

FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

Gi­ants coach Joe Judge em­pha­sized blue-col­lar foot­ball Thurs­day dur­ing an in­tro­duc­tory news con­fer­ence.

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