The next big one has to be big … right?
When Joe Judge gathers his first NFL team, he has already opened many eyes avoiding the names of the canopies (Wade Phillips, Marvin Lewis) or a proven veteran (George Edwards) or a supposed rising star (Kris Richard) and in Change hired Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator Judge is holding Thomas McGaughey, who worked as the Giants’ special teams coordinator, a solid movement that makes a lot of sense, but it certainly doesn’t make many headlines.
Who Judge chooses to bring the offensive coordinator will say a lot about the new head coach of the Giants, 38. Conventional thinking is that someone so young, in their first concert in the NFL, wants and needs to surround themselves with a tried and experienced lieutenant, be it a veteran assistant veteran or a former head coach, not only to execute the offensive but to rebound Ideas and suggestions from, new head coach to previous head coach.
There are some interesting and attractive options out there. Jason Garrett, Jay Gruden and Jim Caldwell would be easy to sell to a fan base that was surprised by the hiring of Judge, skeptical and curious, and then energized by what they heard at their introductory press conference. The Giants know that they left the box with Judge and hope they can gather a quality team, something that Pat Shurmur could not do, with alarmingly bad results.
Graham’s team, a 40-year-old player who comes from a difficult season with the Dolphins in his only year as NFL defensive coordinator, shows that Judge values his past relationships; he and Graham spent four years together on the staff of Bill Belichick with the Patriots. Judge and Jerry Schuplinski, the new Giants quarterbacks coach, spent six years together in New England. There are no obvious links with various possibilities of offensive coordinator, but it seems to make sense that Judge needs to find someone she can trust to design the offensive, summon plays for Daniel Jones and help Schuplinski in the development of Jones, which means practice Experience with quarterback positions is a prerequisite.
Gruden, 52, could not overcome the Redskins quagmire as head coach, but is respected as an offensive mind; He did a good job for the Bengals before going to Washington. Caldwell, 64, was a winning head coach for the Colts and Lions and has an extensive curriculum working with quarterbacks.
Garrett, 53, lasted almost a decade as head coach of the Cowboys and, as a former NFL quarterback, could be ideal in temperament and experience to help Jones move to the next level. Garrett was a popular backup (for Kerry Collins) with the Giants, he has immense knowledge of the NFC East and, without a large ego, it could be a valuable sounding board for Judge.
There are so many options for Judge to classify. Todd Monken will not return to Cleveland. John DeFilippo is in Jacksonville. Shane Waldron is a young Guru quarterback of the Rams. A name to look at: Chad O’Shea. He was fired after a year as an offensive coordinator for the Dolphins and before that, he was guessed, he spent seven years with Judge and the Patriots as an open receiver coach.
It is certainly possible for the judge to assess the situation and decide that your best option is to retain Mike Shula, the offensive coordinator of Pat Shurmur (no moves) in the last two seasons.
What seems clear is that Judge is not interested in hiring to appease anyone or calm their fears.
“There will not be a coach in our organization that has nothing but the best interest in the players in question and will not go to work every day and risk his butt for the boys who are going to work hard for them.” Judge said, “I want teachers, not presenters. I don’t want someone who looks elegant in front of the screen who can say it with many different sales lines. I want teachers, I want old-school people who can reach our players and give them the mental image of how it is supposed to be “.”
Garrett, with 23 years of experience in the NFL, eight as a player, 15 as a coach, would be welcomed by the property of the Giants. Out of respect, Garrett was going to be the final interview for the position of head coach, but the judge’s decision came quickly. Garrett clapping on the sideline of the Giants would be a good story and probably a good hiring. However, this is for the judge to judge.
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