4. Joe Judge
Fourth on this list of the updated New York Giants head coach search candidates is the New England Patriots special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach, Joe Judge.
A bit odd to see a special teams coordinator on a list of potential head coaches, but this is actually something that has happened in the past. For example, the Ravens hired John Harbaugh and that turned out pretty well for them if you ask me.
However, that is one example and in my opinion, there are many candidates who are far more qualified to take the next step and be a head coach, than a special teams coordinator.
Here is Joe Judge’s resume:
- Mississippi State: 2005-07 grad assistant
- Birmingham-Southern: 2008 linebackers coach
- Alabama: 2009-2011 special teams assistant (2009, 2011 National Champion)
- New England Patriots: 2012-14 special teams assistant (Super Bowl XLIX Champion)
- New England Patriots: 2015-18 special teams coordinator (Super Bowl LI, LIII Champion)
- New England Patriots: 2019-present special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach
The fact that Judge has had the chance to work under head coaches such as Nick Saban and Bill Belichick certainly makes him an intriguing candidate. But that doesn’t make him qualified enough to be a head coach in the NFL.
Going from a special teams coordinator to a head coach would be a HUGE leap for anybody and considering the fact that the New York Giants have young players on both sides of the ball who need help with their development, would make Judge an interesting choice.
I wouldn’t expect to see Judge’s name stick as I believe the Giants are just weighing every single potential option they have.