1. Taking over a young, rebuilding team with an entirely new staff
It’s rare that we see a new head coach not bring over a new staff with him, but NY Giants coach Joe Judge literally was left a total of zero quality holdover coaches at any level of the staff — the only major holdover was embattled GM Dave Gettleman, whose situation only makes Judge’s more difficult in itself.
In a normal year that might work out just fine, but when you combined that with the fact that the NY Giants are the youngest – or one of the handfuls of youngest – teams in the NFL, the task of getting the coaching staff on the same page with all the new young players they’ve barely gotten to meet is going to be an uphill battle.
I mean, this team has won a total of 12 games in the last three years, and having to deal with a GM that is already in place, has his own problems to worry about on a different timeline than his rookie head coach only complicated the tough situation he was stepping into further.
With hundreds of critical practice and meeting hours already lost up until this point before even discussing the last 48 hours’ relations, that task might as well be climbing up Mr. Everest.
With no offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator experience of his own, even in a normal offseason where he got a full rookie mini-camp and OTA’s was going to be hard enough, which is why it was so wise that he decided to bring on the experienced Jason Garrett as his offensive coordinator and unofficial #2 man.
But, due to other factors about the be explained, these two men are going to have to get beyond creative to make this brutal situation work right out of the gates.