Giants fans woke up on Tuesday to what they thought was bad news. Former Baylor head coach Matt Rhule seemed to have ignored the Giants interest and instead accepted the head coaching position with the Carolina Panthers.
Rhule had served on the Giants staff in the past and was one of the best coaches in college football. He has earned the reputation of a program builder in his stints at Baylor and Temple.
Rhule’s combined record of 47-43 may not be overly impressive, but both Baylor and Temple were in dire times when Rhule arrived and were among the best teams in their conference by the time he left.
The ability to improve a team and make the organization better for the long haul was what many hoped Rhule could do in New York, but it never came to fruition.
Immediately after losing Rhule, Giants fans made their displeasure loud and clear. Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman was almost hated as much as Kevin Durant the day after he ditched the Knicks among New Yorkers.
Fans and media personalities alike made their opinions loud and clear on social media. While hatred for Gettleman was reaching its peak, all of a sudden, the picture became more clear.
Patriots Special Teams Coordinator and Wide Receivers coach Joe Judge was named the Giants next head coach. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal had been in the works since last night; which was part of the reason Rhule took the Carolina job.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Giants received a call from Rhule giving them a chance to lure him to New York, but the team declined.
Most were left with the final question, who is Joe Judge? He is a relatively unknown commodity to the average fan, but Judge seems to be the guy who has the most pro potential. Judge worked at Alabama under Nick Saban before going to the Patriots to fill the same capacity as a special teams assistant.
Judge ascended into the special teams coordinator role in 2015. Since then, the Patriots special teams have been one of the best in the league and Judge grew into one of the best assistant coaches in football.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick even took Judge under his wing in a way he hasn’t done with many other assistants. Belichick would meet with Judge and talk about program building among many of the other qualities needed to be a head coach.
It was also reported by Newsday that the Giants put in a call to Belichick who had a glowing recommendation for Judge. While the Patriots coaching tree may not have provided much to the NFL as of right now, it’s clear that Belichick believes Judge can be the exception.
If you thought the Giants morning fiasco was done after that, you were wrong. Minutes before the Giants hire of Joe Judge was announced, ESPN reported the Giants had requested to interview former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
At this point, Giants fans freaked out at the possibility of Garrett becoming the Giants next head coach, but it was a false alarm as Garrett was not being interviewed to be the head coach, but rather as the offensive coordinator.
Garrett was the Cowboys offensive coordinator before his tenure as head coach and was one of the best in the league, albeit a long time ago. Garrett had received multiple head coaching offers before taking the Cowboys job because of his work.
Garrett became the highest paid assistant coach in the NFL and was even named Professional Football Writers Association Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007. Garrett may not be an amazing head coach, but it is hard to find a more qualified candidate for an offensive coordinator spot.
The Giants’ Tuesday started with a shocker to most fans, but whether it got better or worse with the Joe Judge hire and possible addition of Jason Garrett is up to your perception. All that’s known is that Dave Gettleman and the Giants organization are not putting together the coaching staff the public expected.