I think John Mara and Steve Tisch can’t feel good about anything having to do with the New York Giants as the last Sunday of the 2021-22 NFL season spills into Black Monday.
Following Sunday’s 22-7 loss to the Washington soccer team, this line from Emily Iannaconi in her game recap tells you everything you need to know about the state of this once-proud franchise:
“The Giants are now 10-23 under Joe Judge, 19-46 under Dave Gettleman, 22-59 since their last winning season (2016) and 61-100 since their last. super bowl championship.”
Mara explained in August what he was looking for for the 2021 season:
“I will look at this at the end of the season and see if I think we continue to improve and move in the right direction …
“When I leave the field after the last game, when I do, I want to say to myself: do we have a chance to win a super bowl with this group? Does this group give us a chance to win the Super Bowl? Are we heading in that direction. If the answer is yes, then we will not consider making any changes. If I have the impression that we are going backwards, that’s another discussion.
It is obviously time for the Giants to have this discussion.
- The Giants have now lost 10 or more games in five straight seasons.
- The Giants finished the season with six straight double-digit losses. They were dominated 163-56 in this stretch.
- They have gone 1-7 in their last eight games.
- Against two teams that also ended the season with double-digit losses, the Giants lost their last two games by a combined score of 51-10.
Yeah, you can look at those last six games and say quarterback Daniel Jones hasn’t played. Still, there are a lot of people who don’t believe Jones is a good place to start. Losing the quarterback can’t excuse the utter incompetence we’ve seen from the Giants over the past six weeks.
The judge said after the match that he would start working “immediately” on things that needed to be fixed in the future. He said what the Giants have put on the field this season was “not good enough” and that “the fans deserve better”.
Well, duh. It is not, and they are.
The judge declined to answer “hypotheses” about his employment status in his post-match presser. It is evident, however, that Mara and Tisch must have a serious discussion about Judge’s future after the past six weeks.
The Giants have just suffered one indignity after another, embarrassment caused not only by the horrific product the judge sent onto the pitch, but sometimes by the head coach’s own words and actions.
On Sunday, Giants fans showed their embarrassment as it looked like the 82,500-seat MetLife Stadium might be quarter-full.
Those who bothered to watch in person or on television saw yet another embarrassing and inane offensive performance. It was punctuated by the judge showing so little faith (perhaps rightly so) in third-string quarterback Jake Fromm and the team’s offensive line that they ran back-to-back quarterbacks. lines of 2 and 4 meters just to have room for the punt.
It’s hard to dispute this sentiment from New York Post columnist Ian O’Connor:
Sorry, even for those of us who were okay with a 3 year for Joe Judge a few weeks ago, this is no longer OK. He made it easy for John Mara. He got fired. The Giants absolutely need a new head coach to accompany their new general manager.
– Ian O’Connor (@Ian_OConnor) January 9, 2022
Or this feeling:
Two weeks ago he was safe and sound. Now, time is running out towards a possible dismissal of Joe Judge. He would be the third consecutive Giants coach to last two years or less (that is, the problem might be the people who hire the coaches). https://t.co/r9fv7GksSC
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 9, 2022
I’m one of those people O’Connor refers to. A few months ago I would have said he was certain Judge would be back for a third season. Five or six weeks ago I said keeping the judge was the decision the property obviously wanted to make, and all he had to do was give them something, a sign of progress or learning. or a brighter future to lock in a third year as a head coach.
Instead, all he provided was six weeks of embarrassment.
The players continued to support the coach:
“I’ve been on teams that haven’t fought as hard as us, who haven’t trained as hard as we do every day. We train hard, we fight for each other. The judge urges us on him every day. “
– Lorenzo Carter pic.twitter.com/odS6xdWSF1
– Giants videos (@SNYGiants) January 9, 2022
If Judge trains them so hard and demands so much and shoots so much on the players, how do they look so incompetent and unprepared week after week?
“Last year I learned a number of things on the job,” Judge said after the game. “This year some of the things I learned there were probably a lot more not to do … there are also a lot of things I learned” that will never happen again … sometimes the the most valuable lesson you learn is what you cannot do again or what you cannot allow to happen again.
“Last year I learned a number of things to do on the job … This year a lot of the things I learned were probably more about what not to do.”
– Giants coach Joe Judge
– Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) January 9, 2022
The judge has done the exact opposite this season by giving the Giants property a reason to believe he’s the “right guy” to take them forward.
The Giants have not progressed this season. Blame anything and whoever you want, but they’ve regressed. The judge can say he thinks they’re closer to where they want to go, but that’s a fantasy. He’s a trainer trying to convince the owners to give him another chance. They lost 13 games, nine in double digits. The judge said a lot of embarrassing things. He embarrassed his attack on Sunday with the back-to-back quarterback sneaking into an unusually tight lineup. It’s the coach who puts his hands up and even says he knows that nothing good can happen here by playing a real game.
A sign of tough times for the Giants’ offense as they execute a stealth QB from their own 4-yard line in the 3rd and 9th of this lineup. pic.twitter.com/zFHSHsJikA
– Yates field (@FieldYates) January 9, 2022
Jay Glazer reported on the FOX pre-game show that Joe Judge was “50/50” to return as Giants head coach, a number that could be 60-40 or 70- 30 after Sunday. Glazer also reported that Judge is looking to secure the promotion of Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams to replace Dave Gettleman.
This is, I believe, the scenario that Mara has always preferred. He probably still does, despite how things have turned out recently and getting louder calls or a full-blown change – at least in the front office.
It would mortify much of the Giants’ already angry fan base. I also think that would be a mistake. In reality, this cannot happen.
I never spoke to Abrams. He might be a great guy. Doing it GM, however, essentially turns Judge into what Bill O’Brien was to the Houston Texans, and we know it worked awfully. He would be the de facto CEO and wield almost all power, and he certainly hasn’t shown he deserves it.
It’s hard to argue that Judge deserves to be back, let alone with increases Powerful. The only argument to be made in favor of his retention is that he would be the third coach in a row sacked after just two seasons. Like I said before, you can’t just keep doing this and go anywhere.
Continuity, however, for the sake of continuity, won’t get the Giants anywhere. You can’t bring the judge back if he’s not the “right guy”. At the moment, this is a difficult case to do.
The Giants are ending this season in a place they didn’t want to be, and they might have no choice but to do something they don’t want – or at least Mara doesn’t want to do.