Can Joe Judge get the Giants back to the playoffs?
Even though it looks like New York Giants’ head coach Joe Judge has his team headed in the right direction under his leadership, many members of the media aren’t believers in him.
Conor Orr of SI.com has released his NFL head coaching rankings and has Judge at number 20. Here’s what he wrote:
20. Joe Judge, Giants
Staff strength: 9
In a perfect world, we put Judge much higher on the list with the idea that he’s ascending with a young team in a winnable division and could easily win a coach of the year award this year. (While this isn’t gambling advice, seeing him at 25/1 over at William Hill is noteworthy considering he was an outside candidate just a year ago.) Judge did some heavy lifting last year and brought with him star-in-the-making defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who will soon be a head coach. This offseason, following the additions of Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney along with the return of Saquon Barkley, there seems to be more optimism surrounding the Giants than most of the NFC East, which bottomed out last year in a gruesome slog.
I do have to say that 20 is fair given that the Giants did finish with a 6-10 record in a really bad division last season. I also think Orr is right that Judge us trending upwards.
Now, with the veteran players on the Giants buying into the way Judge operates, this team needs to win this season because if they don’t their confidence in Judge could start to diminish.
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