NY Giants coach Joe Judge and Marc Colombo had a “heated” discussion, sources say, prior to the offensive line coach’s firing
Moments after news broke the NY Giants had fired offensive line coach Marc Colombo, speculation ran rampant that there was a fistfight between Colombo and head coach Joe Judge prior to Colombo’s dismissal, however, sources say that wasn’t the case.
While punches were not thrown, multiple sources confirm to GMenHQ that there was a “heated discussion” that led to an “argument” between Judge and Colombo when Judge informed Colombo that the team planned on assigning recently hired consultant Dave DeGuglielmo to work alongside him with the offensive line.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead was first to report that there was a fistfight.
Team sources adamantly denied to GMenHQ that punches were thrown or that the conversation grew physical and that the organization had “no idea” where the story of the fistfight originated.
“We appreciate what Marc has done, but I felt like this move is in the best interest of the team,” Judge said, in a statement issued by the Giants Wednesday afternoon.
Judge ultimately decided to hire DeGuglielmo as the new offensive line coach, following Colombo’s firing.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Judge had spent significant time during practice overseeing the offensive line in recent weeks, and that played a key factor in deciding to move on from Colombo, who followed Jason Garrett from the Dallas Cowboys this winter.
This will be DeGuglielmo’s second stint with the Giants, after serving as the assistant offensive line coach from 2007-2008 as the offensive line helped propel Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward to 1,000-yard rushing seasons in 2008.
The Giants, along with DeGuglielmo’s reworked offensive line, return to action on Nov. 29 against the Cincinnati Bengals.