Youthful Judge preaching a method that’s old-fashioned
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.
Giants coach Joe Judge emphasized blue-collar football Thursday during an introductory news conference.