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The Pops Chronicles: My thoughts about the newly hired Joe Judge.

I have been a fan of the New York Giants since 1963, I’ve lived and died with the Giants ever since.

Article provided by Cosmo Della Rocca AKA “Pops”

Historically the Giants have provided other teams with very successful Head Coaches like; Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Belichick and Sean Payton.  Hiring losing Head Coaches the likes Ray Handley (14-18), Bill Arnsparger (7-25) and Pat Shurmur (9-23). They almost fired Bill Parcells after one season. Hiring a Head coach is always a risk. It’s no different this time.

I think they must have had a strong endorsement from Belichick to make this move so quickly, and Belichick must really trust Judge. Maybe Belichick is paving his path back to the Giants as their future GM…. he kind of chose the coach.

Choosing the right coach is critical as 7 of the last 8 seasons were losing ones. Many times, during this time we were close to winning games, losing many games we should have won by beating ourselves. Having a good coaching staff will lead to winning those games as the margin of victory is very close in the NFL, even with a mediocre roster the Giants were in most of the games they lost and perhaps could have won some of those if better coaching decisions and better game preparation were part of the culture. After finishing 4-12, I look back to 6 games that were extremely winnable;

Cardinals 27 at Giants 21                

Giants 27 at Jets 34

Giants 26 at Lions 31                        

Giants 14 at Bears 19

Giants 17 at Eagles 23                      

Eagles 34 at Giants 17

Winning 5 of these games and they win the conference.

When Shurmur and Gettleman took over they released a lot of players that are producing for other teams. Most of the players that took their roster spots haven’t been much of an improvement. I hope Coach Judge can do a better job of evaluating and developing talent. So far, I more optimistic with Judge than I was with Schurmer. Now if they could hurry up and hire Bill Belichick as General Manager!

Update / January 18, 2020

The New York Giants hire Jason Garrett has offensive coordinator.

There’s no secret the Giants were interested in Jason Garrett from the start. Perhaps the smartest move they’ve made was not giving Garrett the helm. Instead they decided to hire Garrett as OC, a better use of the clapper. The 53 year old ex head coach of the Cowboys took a ton of flack for a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw the Cowboys finishing 8-8 and not making the playoffs. Unforgivable, considering the wealth of talent at his disposal. All that being said, Jason Garrett did amass an 85-67 record over the last decade and should take plenty of credit for the development of Dak Prescott. I really like this move, let’s see how it pans out!

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