New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the sideline in the second half. The Giants lose to Washington, 22-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

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Report: Pats hiring Joe Judge as offensive assistant

The New England Patriots plan to hire former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge as an offensive assistant, The MMQB reported Tuesday.

Judge, 40, previously worked on Bill Belichick’s staff for eight seasons as a special teams assistant (2012-14) and special teams coordinator (2015-19). He also coached the wide receivers in his last season with the Patriots.

New England won three Super Bowls during his tenure with the club.

Judge was fired last month after compiling a 10-23 record in two seasons with the Giants.

Judge reportedly was wooed by former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, now the head coach in Las Vegas, to coach the Raiders’ special teams.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the sideline in the second half. The Giants lose to Washington, 22-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

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Report: Raiders have interest in Joe Judge for ST post

The Las Vegas Raiders are interested in talking to former New York Giants head coach Joe Judge to be their special teams coordinator, ESPN reported Monday.

New Raiders coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler worked with Judge in New England from 2012-19. Judge was promoted to ST coordinator in 2015.

Judge has also been linked to the Patriots in a return as special teams chief there.

Either way, Judge is expected to take his time after being fired by the Giants last month after a 10-23 record.

The Raiders hired Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator. Graham was the DC under Judge in New York.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the sideline in the second half. The Giants lose to Washington, 22-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

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Giants fire Joe Judge after two seasons

The New York Giants fired head coach Joe Judge on Tuesday after two seasons and a 10-23 record.

The move comes 24 hours after general manager Dave Gettleman opted to retire.

“Steve (Tisch) and I both believe it is in the best interest of our franchise to move in another direction,” team president John Mara said in a statement Tuesday. “We met with Joe (Monday) afternoon to discuss the state of the team. I met again with Joe this afternoon, and it was during that conversation I informed Joe of our decision. We appreciate Joe’s efforts on behalf of the organization.

“I said before the season started that I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, which is why we have made this decision,” Mara’s statement went on. “We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach.”

Judge had met with Giants players Monday and talked about the future, an implication that he would be returning for a third season. However, Mara and Tisch had concerns about how Judge would mesh with a new GM, NFL Network reported.

The Giants capped a woeful 4-13 season with a 22-7 loss to Washington on Sunday. The loss was punctuated by Judge’s decision for two quarterback sneaks pinned against his own end zone late in the first half from the victory formation.

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Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge (left) talks with quarterback Daniel Jones (8) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Joe Judge, QB Daniel Jones to return to Giants in 2022

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge and quarterback Daniel Jones will get another chance to prove themselves in 2022, ESPN reported Sunday.

The Giants are 4-10 and have lost double-digit games in seven of the past eight seasons, but ownership apparently isn’t ready to move on from the pair yet.

Judge has a 10-20 record as he approaches the end of his second season at the helm. Jones is 12-25 as a starter since taking the reins from Eli Manning in the 2019 season.

The sixth overall pick in the 2019 draft, Jones will be in the fourth and final year of his contract in 2022, and the Giants have time to decide whether they will pick up his fifth-year option.

ESPN said the Giants could choose to move on from general manager Dave Gettleman, however. If they do, they would let GM candidates know of their desire to keep the Judge-Jones tandem in place.

The Giants shut down Jones, 24, for the season last week as he continues to recover from a neck injury, which he sustained in a 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 28.

On the season, Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes (232 of 361) for 2,428 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In 38 career games (37 starts), Jones has thrown for 8,398 yards with 45 touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

The Giants will face the Eagles (7-7) in Philadelphia on Sunday. Quarterback Jake Fromm will make his first career start.

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Oct 17, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett

The New York Giants on Tuesday fired Jason Garrett midway through his second season as the team’s offensive coordinator.

The move comes one day after the Giants (3-7) struggled on offense during their 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants are expected to turn the play-calling responsibilities to Freddie Kitchens, the team’s senior offensive assistant and the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

New York’s 18.9 points per game this season rank 25th in the NFL, while its 322.8 total yards per game are 23rd in the league.

The Giants have also seen quarterback Daniel Jones fail to progress in his development since he was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones, 24, has thrown for 2,226 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games this season.

Giants coach Joe Judge was asked about the team’s ailing offense after Monday’s loss to the Buccaneers.

“We have got to do a better job scoring points — I know that sounds pretty obvious and to the point with it, but I’m going to keep it very blunt on that right there,” Judge said. “We have to do a better job of putting our players in a position to make plays. We have too many good players and we have to put them in a better position to capitalize, that’s it. We have to make sure we sit down as a coaching staff and understand how we have to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays.”

When asked if he had faith in Garrett on Monday, Judge offered the following:

“I have faith in all the people on our team: players, coaches, everything. But look, we’ll assess everything as a team and make any move we need to going forward.”

Garrett, 55, joined the Giants in 2020 after nine-plus seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Garrett went 85-67 in the regular season with the Cowboys, but the squad reached the playoffs just three times. Dallas was 2-3 in those postseason games.

After an 8-8 campaign in 2019, the Cowboys moved on from Garrett, and he was replaced by former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge on the field for warm ups at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants’ Joe Judge takes blame: ‘Fish stinks from head down’

New York Giants coach Joe Judge took blame Thursday for the team’s 1-5 start, saying the “fish stinks from the head down.”

The Giants have dropped two straight and Judge is 7-15 overall since taking over as the front man for the once proud franchise. The Giants are 0-3 at home with a fourth game coming this Sunday, playing host to the Carolina Panthers (3-3). They’ve been outscored 82-38 in their home games.

So in a variation of the “buck stops here,” Judge made it clear who’s at fault.

“I’m the head coach. It’s my responsibility, point blank,” Judge said Thursday. “Every player on this field, every position group, the execution, it all comes down to me. The fish stinks from the head down.

“I’ve been taught that from great guys who I worked for, played for. There are no excuses, no exceptions. But it starts with me and ends with me.”

The Giants have been besieged by injuries. Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receivers Kenny Golladay (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Starting left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

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Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) attempts to make a catch as Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Joe Judge doesn’t see ‘any issue’ between players

New York Giants coach Joe Judge told reporters Friday that there was nothing to see regarding Kenny Golladay’s apparent shouting at Daniel Jones on Thursday night.

During the Giants’ 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team, Golladay was seen yelling in the direction of his quarterback on the sideline. Judge didn’t have many details to offer after saying the team’s VP of communications filled him in on the apparent spat.

“Look, I’ll talk to all of our players,” Judge said. “In terms of what you asked about with Kenny, I’ll go with the same thing I said last night — I talked to the players, talked to the coaches that were involved and everyone has kind of dismissed everything in terms of there was no conflict. It was more just emotions on the sideline, talking through situations, things going.

“Our guys have good relationships, they work together. I don’t really see any issue with that right there, so talked with the players involved and they were good.”

Other than Sterling Shepard (nine catches, 94 yards), most New York receivers played nothing more than a supporting role in the offensive game plan Thursday. Golladay, who signed for four years and $72 million during free agency, finished with three catches on eight targets for 38 yards.

The Giants ran the ball 28 times and only had 22 passing plays. Jones finished 22-for-32 for 249 yards and a touchdown as New York fell to 0-2.

Golladay wasn’t the only receiver reportedly frustrated with the offense. Rookie wideout Kadarius Toney, a first-round draft pick in April, posted a comment on his Instagram story after the game that said, “I don’t be mad (expletive) just be lame to me fr.”

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that Toney, who was not targeted Thursday, was aggravated over his role thus far, describing Toney’s thinking as, “No use in having a sports car and not driving it.” Toney has accumulated one reception for a loss of two yards thus far in his career.

Toney later tweeted, “Y’all try to turn anything into something, SMH … we good over here.”

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball as head coach Joe Judge looks on during OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday, June 4, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants coach Joe Judge fumes after practice brawl

The New York Giants drew the ire of coach Joe Judge when a teamwide brawl erupted near the end of the first padded practice on Tuesday.

It all started when running back Corey Clement ran for a big gain and was hit hard by safety Jabrill Peppers. One thing led to another, and by the time it was done, starting quarterback Daniel Jones wound up at the bottom of a pile loaded with teammates.

According to multiple outlets, Judge told his players to run sprints and do pushups as punishment, then could be heard in an expletive-laden rant.

Jones told reporters he wasn’t hurt and understood Judge’s point.

“There’s consequences for that kind of stuff and that’s the way it is in a game. If you lose your cool, there’s consequences that hurts the team. That was the message,” Jones stated. “[We] certainly got the message today.”

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Sep 14, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands off to  running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Judge: Saquon Barkley attacking return; no timetable

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley continues to recover from a torn ACL he suffered last September, and coach Joe Judge likes where Barkley stands in the process.

Judge declined to provide a timetable for Barkley’s return to action, but his overall reviews of Barkley’s rehab were positive.

“He comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” Judge said. “He’s had a phenomenal attitude and great motivation; he’s been tremendously positive.”

Judge added that the Giants are taking pains to facilitate Barkley’s rehab at “the correct rate for his individual body and injury,” but that he “couldn’t be happier” with how Barkley is approaching the rehab.

Barkley, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, saw his third NFL season cut short after tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 31 career games, Barkley has gained 2,344 yards on 4.7 yards per carry with 17 rushing touchdowns and six receiving scores.

Quarterback Daniel Jones added that Barkley is doing all he can to be ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season.

“That’s the type of person he is and the type of worker he is,” Jones said. “Certainly, we’ve got his back and (are) supporting him and I know he’s working his tail off, everything he can do and doing what the trainers are asking him to do. He’s had that mindset since … he went down and it’s been fun to watch him work.”

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May 27, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) participates in OTA practice at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center on Thursday, May 27, 2021, in East Rutherford. Mandatory credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/ via USA Today Sports.

Giants coach: ‘Daniel Jones is our quarterback’

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge gave Daniel Jones a vote of confidence on the quarterback’s 24th birthday Thursday.

“Daniel Jones is our quarterback,” Judge replied when asked whether the team had any interest in bringing in any veterans to create competition.

The only other quarterbacks on the current New York roster are journeyman Mike Glennon and Clayton Thorson, a fifth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019.

Jones is heading into his third season with the Giants, who selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019. He was 5-9 as a starter in 2020, completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushing for 423 yards and one score.

“I’m proud of the way he works every day,” Judge said. “This guy comes to work every day and whatever phase he’s in, if he’s in the weight room, getting treatment on field, throwing with his teammates, organizing things outside this building, the guy always has a plan of how he’s going to attack things. And I’m proud to watch how he’s worked.”

Jones, who threw 24 touchdown passes in 13 games (12 starts) as a 2019 rookie, said he wants to improve as a leader this season.

“As a quarterback, my role is a lot of times to be that communicator, to bring guys together, to get guys moving toward where we need to go, thinking about our goals and what we want to accomplish come this fall,” Jones said Thursday.

The Giants haven’t had a winning record or gone to the playoffs since the 2016 season.

–Field Level Media