Joe Judge is laying down the law early on during his tenure as NY Giants head coach as even Saquon Barkley is being chewed out at practice.
Rookie NY Giants head coach Joe Judge is making quite the impression during his first few days on the job running practices and one major event that transpired during Thursday’s practice turned more than a few heads when he went after Saquon Barkley.
Judge chewed out the NY Giants’ franchise golden boy in front of all his teammates in the media, showing his ‘everyone will get treated the same’ and ‘every spot will be earned’ mantras will apply to every single player on the team — from the 80th man to the top guy.
Here’s what coach Judge had to say about the incident via the New York Post.
"“We coach everyone the same,” the Giants’ first-year head coach said. “We coach hard. We’re very demanding,” Judge continued. “This is a tough job, OK? We’re in New York City. This is a tough place to play and coach. We have to have guys who have thick skin and understand we have to operate in high-pressure situations. So we can’t just go out there on the field and sing kumbaya together and think we’re gonna advance.”"
The approach that Joe Judge is taking towards this team is clear and he’s been preaching it since the beginning and now we’re seeing it in action.
To be honest, this young NY Giants team needs discipline and hard leadership as they learn to grow as a team together.
How did Saquon Barkley respond to getting chewed out?
As you’d expect, Saquon Barkley was all business and totally mature about the situation, understanding the tone the coach has been trying to set while not taking it personally.
Instead of sulking as most NFL superstars would by being embarrassed in front of a large group of people would, Barkley showed his high character by taking what was described as “harsh criticism” in stride.
Two other running backs on the Big Blue unit got it even worse than Saquon Barkley as both Wayne Gallman and Cam Brown – two players that are on the roster bubble for sure – both were forced to run laps at the end of practice.
If the young NY Giants were expecting this weird COVID times training camp was going to be easy, they’re finding out early that they’re going to have to work their tails off or there will be repercussions.