The Giants decided to go a different route.
On Tuesday, the Giants hired Patriots special teams/wide receivers coach Joe Judge to be the next head coach of Big Blue.
My initial reaction along with many others across the tristate area was, “Joe who?”
Instead of going in the direction of hiring a proven head coach with winning experience, the Giants turned to an assistant coach who has been a part of the most successful NFL and collegiate programs of the last 20 years.
You love the fact that Joe Judge has learned from both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban.
You hope as a Giants fan he will bring the lessons he learned from those two iconic coaches to this franchise.
I, for one, like the fact that Joe Judge comes from a special teams background.
While not many special teams coaches have been given the opportunity to lead a team, it is worth noting that some of the best coaches have come from a special teams background.
John Harbaugh, Marv Levy and recent Hall Of Famer Bill Cowher all made their mark coaching special teams, and I think it is experience that can help a head coach be well-rounded in all three phases of the game.
There are positives about the Judge hire, but the Giants failed to hire a candidate with a pedigree of winning as a head coach.
Considering the state of the franchise, I thought it was a must.
The two top candidates in Mike McCarthy and Matt Rhule found their way to Dallas and Carolina, respectively.
It could turn out to be a massive regret if the Giants struggle and both those coaches find success with their new teams, but it also could end up being a blessing in disguise.
It’s impossible to tell what kind of coach Joe Judge will be, but he won the press conference last Thursday.
He had a command about him that was lacking from the two prior Giants head coaches.
The Giants need the unknown Judge to be a leader of men. He sounded like that guy, but actions speak louder than words.
He must build a proper staff and develop a culture that leads the Giants on the road to respectability.
Last Thursday, Joe Judge came across as a guy that will be easy to root for. But will he be the coach to lead the Giants back to winning ways?
I’ll wait to pass judgement in December!