By all accounts, John Mara didn’t want to fire Joe Judge and didn’t plan to do so as late as Christmas.
But when the moment finally arrived on Tuesday, the result of an accumulation of bad decisions and media commentary by the judge, Mara told reporters it was “heartbreaking” to fire her head coach.
“We just got to a point where I thought we had dug a hole so deep that I couldn’t see any way out of it unless we detonated it,” Mara said at a press conference. Wednesday.
Judge was widely seen to have done a solid job in 2020 and appeared to be on a decent basis even late in the season. But the Giants ended the year losing six straight games and falling short of 10 points in four of them.
To make matters worse, Judge obstructed 11 minutes after a loss to the Bears in which he shot other coaches and said the players were begging to play for the Giants. The following week, he called for two stealthy quarterbacks with the Giants stuck deep in their own turf – a total surrender like rarely seen in the NFL.
It’s now been five seasons since the Giants made the playoffs and 10 since winning a playoff game.
Mara wanted to be patient, he said, after sacking Pat Shurmur and Ben McAdoo after short-term terms. But the past few weeks have made the decision obvious.
“I just didn’t see an end in sight,” Mara said.