Despite constant losing, NY Giants plan to bring Joe Judge, Daniel Jones back
The NY Giants plan to retain both head coach Joe Judge, and quarterback Daniel Jones, despite consecutive double-digit loss seasons, an ESPN report says
Don’t expect the NY Giants to make wholesale changes this offseason, at least when it comes to Joe Judge and Daniel Jones.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, NY Giants owner John Mara is not expected to move on either from the organization’s head coach or quarterback, despite Judge overseeing consecutive double-digit loss seasons and Jones owning a meager 12-25 record as a starter.
In addition to a record that’s 13 games under .500 as a starter, Jones has been shut down this season due to a neck injury, and has thrown 45 touchdowns but committed 49 total turnovers.
Had Mara fired Judge and/or moved in a different direction at quarterback, it would have been the third consecutive coaching staff to have lasted two years or fewer with the Giants, and an admission that a mistake was made selecting Jones with the No. 6 overall pick in 2019.
This could represent a crossroads offseason for the NY Giants, who are expected to have less than $3.75 million in cap space, but if the NFL season ended today would own two top-10 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.
While this year’s draft class is expected to lack the star power of the past two classes that yielded the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Justin Herbert, and Joe Burrow, the NY Giants draft capital would likely be enough to pry an experienced veteran such as Russell Wilson or Derek Carr this offseason, should they become available.
But, instead, Mara seems reluctant to make drastic changes that could signal the beginning of a long-overdue rebuild. Especially if, as Schefter reports, Dave Gettleman moves on and Mara must hire a general manager with two of the most vital figures to an organization’s success already in place.
"One wrinkle that could complicate New York’s plans is that a new GM potentially would want to hire a new head coach rather than retain Judge, but those conversations would occur later in the offseason, and Giants ownership would convey its preference to keep Judge."