Joe Judge’s future as head coach of the New York Giants remains uncertain a day after Big Blue ended their 2021 campaign with a sixth straight loss for a 4-13 season.
The Giants have not provided any definitive indication Judge will return for the 2022 campaign, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Monday.
The judge met on Monday – a day Giants general manager Dave Gettleman retired – with team ownership and those meetings ended with discussions that are expected to continue regarding the plan. future of the 40-year-old, reported Garafolo. One of management’s concerns is that Judge and the new GM have the same vision for the franchise, so it’s a multi-day process as the Giants owners determine Judge’s fate for next season. Garafolo added.
Garafolo also reported that Judge met the players and urged them to stay out of trouble and get in shape physically and mentally for next season.
The search for Gettleman’s replacement has already started, with Titans VP of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden, Titans Director of Player Personnel Monti Ossenfort, Bills Assistant GM Joe Schoen, 49ers Deputy GM Adam Peters, 49ers director of player personnel Ran Carthon and Cardinals vice president of pro personnel Adrian Wilson who fired interview requests.
Following New York’s 4-13 performance, Judge is 10-23 in two seasons with the club. He started his tenure in 2020 with a five-game losing streak and ended the 2021 season on a six-game slippage.
Since taking over the Giants, Judge teams have averaged 16.3 points per game, the worst in the NFL. Jason Garrett was fired as the offensive coordinator after Week 11 of the 2021 season, but the offense went from an average of 18.9 points per game to 9.9 dead points. Defense has at times been a point of promise for Judge, who previously served as special teams coordinator with the Patriots but still only ranks 17th overall since 2020.
Three head coaches were fired on Monday – Brian Flores with the Dolphins, Matt Nagy with the Bears and Mike Zimmer with the Vikings – and they each had better records in 2020 and 2021 than Judge.
So the jury is still out on whether Judge will be back for a third season at the helm of the Giants.