Despite reportedly missing on their top candidates for the head coaching vacancy, the NY Giants appear to have potentially hired a great coach in Joe Judge.
There has been a great deal of criticism surrounding the hiring process for the vacant head coaching position with the NY Giants following their firing of Pat Shurmur. While multiple reports indicated that the Giants were extremely high on both Matt Rhule and Mike McCarthy, Rhule would sign a mega-deal with the Carolina Panthers and McCarthy would decline a second interview with the Giants in favor of becoming the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys instead.
Following Rhule and McCarthy’s decision, the NY Giants would agree to terms with former New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge. The hiring was met with criticism and bewilderment, as Judge was a relative unknown in most mainstream circles.
Giants ownership insisted that Judge was their main candidate following what owner John Mara called the most impressive head coaching interview he has ever been a part of. However, there remains some skepticism as to whether he was actually a top-three candidate or if he simply was the best candidate remaining when the dust settled.
Debating that point warrants no merit, as it doesn’t actually matter in the scheme of things. Regardless of whether Judge was the top candidate for the Giants or not, he is the new head coach of the New York Giants.
Joe Judge did not fail to impress in his introductory press conference, as he came across as eloquent, cerebral and sounded every bit the type of leader that Giants fans have been wishing for since the departure of Tom Coughlin in 2015. In fact, his press conference exhibited why ownership was likely so impressed by his interview.
So while Judge may not be the recognizable sexy head coaching candidate that most Giants fans and perhaps NY Giants ownership were hoping for, it appears as though the Giants may have found themselves the best candidate to be the head coach of their football team moving forward.
In the end, ultimately it does not matter what the process to secure him as the new head coach looked like, or if it was a messy convoluted process that just happened to end with a positive outcome. What matters is the end result.
Here are the five reasons that Giants fans should be ecstatic with the hiring of their new head coach.