Joe Judge has established a strong culture
New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge didn’t hold back earlier in the week when asked about the Philadelphia Eagles essentially trying to lose against the Washington Football Team this past Sunday night by saying that he would never disrespect the sport that way.
“It’s our responsibility to take care of our opportunities and perform better and execute the situations when they’re on our plate. We don’t ever want to leave our fate in the hands of anybody else,” Judge said. “We’re not going to make excuses as an organization. Not now, not ever. We had our opportunities. We need to learn from the lessons we have from this year and carry them forward.
“That being said, obviously players have asked me throughout the day. The one thing to keep in mind with this season is we had a lot of people opt into this season. We had a lot of people opt in. Coaches, players, that includes family members as well. To look at a group of grown men who I ask to give me effort on a day in day out basis and to empty the tank. I can look them in the eye and assure them that I’m always going to do everything I can to put them in a competitive advantage and play them in a position of strength. To me, you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort and disrespect the game.
“The sacrifices that they made to come in to work every and test before coming in. To sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks, to have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, to travel in unconventional ways and to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning telling them practice was going to be canceled we have to do a virtual day. To tell them to please don’t have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it’s your wife’s birthday let’s make sure we put that one off to the offseason.
“There’s a number of sacrifices that have been made by all the players and coaches in this league. There’s a number of sacrifices that come along as well for the family members of the people connected to them. To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win. We will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants.”
During his show on Tuesday, FS1’s Colin Cowherd gave his thoughts on what Judge said.
Below is Rich Eisen’s take, which is very similar to Colin’s.
Many people thought that Judge’s attempt to change the Giants’ culture may not work, but they were wrong. He’s a strong man who did a great job of leading his team this season and this is just another example of his leadership ability.
Colin is absolutely right that what Judge was a great way to draw in free agents that the Giants will target this coming offseason. A lot of players will be drawn to the Giants because of him and the way he leads.
h/t Giants Wire