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NY Giants coach Joe Judge offers defense of his job after ugly loss

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Eleven minutes and 10 seconds.

That’s how long Joe Judge’s post-match defense of what he’s building as head coach for the New York Giants, in response to a question about why the fan base is so disgusted by all the loss of their franchise, went on. heart this.

fifteen seconds.

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That’s the time it took Giants fans to lose faith in the Judge on Sunday against the Bears, when the performance at Soldier Field did nothing to dissuade critics from believing that the organization is not going anywhere quickly, big changes are needed again and this, for the last five weeks. And perhaps more, this is the worst team in the NFL.

It was the first time since he was appointed 725 days ago to replace Pat Shurmore that the judge appeared to be fighting publicly for the job he held, and more than that, for the job he’s held here up to this point.

How much of what the judge said was an emotional reaction to the ugly and awkward afternoon in Chicago, and how much was the instant messaging, particularly with those within the organization listening, particularly in the locker room and co-owners Jon Mara and Steve Tish?

That’s all up for debate, and given where the Giants are — losers in five straight games since Daniel Jones was injured as part of their 4-12 record with one game remaining — it’s hard to argue against any and all changes that are on the table.

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“As to the next step to take,” said the judge, near the end of what sure seemed like a closing argument, “I know we are a lot closer to where we are going than we are far away.”

There’s a huge gap between what the judge believes and what the Giants put on video every week, especially for the past month or so, and that’s never good for the man in charge of defending everything.

Does that make the judge wrong and observers saying his business giants are a laughingstock amid pleas for Mara and Tish to blow the whole thing up – again – and start just two years after the last order right? No, not necessarily.

But realization is turning into reality very quickly nowadays, and it is very difficult to make an argument for the internal progress that the judge is promoting without seeing the field results, at least those that translate into victories and collective improvement that are easy to illustrate.

In the end, this is the challenge for Mara and Tish. They were persuaded to see Judge two years ago, they named their first head coach for the second time in five years and now, having embraced what would be a rebuilding though half-measure, will once again be willing to cut ties with someone who has been praised for his leadership skills in the organization Having turned 40 in the past week?

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Only the Giants know what they promised when the judge put his signature on that contract, and it goes both ways, of course.

“When I came here, I sat down with all the guys and I wanted to know what it was like here and what we have to change,” Judge said. “For a guy, every player looked me in the eye and said, ‘Joe, it’s not a team. They’re not playing hard, we’re out of playoffs, everybody quit, everybody clicked’ [out]Stop coming to the captains’ “meetings.” They took advantage of that.”

The judge went on to mention players who had golf clubs in their locker and were still playing games before he got here – the Golden Tate golf bag was there for all to see weeks before the end of 2019. He also took a pictorial shot in Washington for the ruckus between his teammates Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen on the sidelines last Sunday night against the Cowboys.

“This is not a team that fights fistfights on the sidelines, this is not a clown show organization,” Judge said. “The hardest thing to change in the club is the way people think. You can get new players. You have to change the way people think. You have to change the way they think. [expletive] Believe in what you do. They have to trust the process. If we don’t play well, every fan has the right to boo my ass off the field. Understood? this does not bother me. They have that right.”

Right now, Judge has bigger issues to deal with other than booing on game day when the Giants host Washington in their regular season finale next Sunday.

The Giants clearly excel in certain places, starting with the most important point in all of football – the quarterback – and the unit tasked with protecting it.

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This has been done a lot: The Giants can’t be as competitive to play a quarterback as they got from Mike Glennon (4 of 11, 24 yards, 2 interceptions, fumble) against the Bears.

It was so bad, maybe Big Blue should seriously consider signing a free agent to play Week 18 because, well, that was a joke, and no one is laughing at the Giants team.

They outperformed 141-49 during the slip, which began the week after Jones sustained what turned out to be a season-ending neck injury the last time the Giants won, defeating the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on November 28.

They went from Glennon for three losses to Jake Fromm last week against the Eagles and back to Glennon after more than two quarters from Froome, and then it happened on Sunday, with Glennon looking like he doesn’t belong in the NFL stadium.

Somehow, Saquon Barkley managed to run for 102 yards, his first 100-yard run since Dec. 22, 2019, and on the field where he tore his ACL nearly 16 months ago. It was with the Bears pressing the case defensively and the Giants not allowed to throw a soccer ball.

“It’s embarrassing,” Glennon said. “We must have a better product.”

Despite the caricatures of those who have already lost faith, Judge is a smart guy. Truth be told: he is still a young coach whose resume is not complete.

However, there is no avoiding the criticism that comes with the product that the giants are promoting out there every week. The judge should have it, and he was adamant about doing it.

“I signed up to be the head coach here,” Judge said. “No matter what bullets are fired, they are fired for me. Got it? You have to go through me to get to them, and that’s it.”

The way the Giants played on Sunday, they put the goal on the back of their coach.

Art Stapleton is the Giants Beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all the giants’ analysis, news, trading and more, please sign up today and subscribe to the NFC East newsletter.

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