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Joe Judge contract
Adam Schefter reported that the Giants gave their new head coach a five-year deal, with the New York Post adding that Judge will make more than $5 million annually. That’s nice money, but not anywhere near the seven-year, $62 million deal the Giants refused to match to keep Matt Rhule from becoming head coach of the Carolina Panthers.
The last two Giants head coaches have lasted only two seasons, and the Giants will pay Pat Shurmur for the next three years after giving him a five-year deal.
Co-owner John Mara said on Thursday that the organization will likely have to exercise more patience with its new head coach.
“It’s up to us to show a little more patience with this coach than perhaps we have over the last few years because he is a first-time head coach,” Mara said. “But I think he has everything that you need to be successful.”
NFL insiders surveyed by The Athletic [subscription only] ranked the Giants’ hiring of Judge lowest among the four teams who have hired new head coaches since the end of the 2019 regular season.
The Athletic writes:
Most reading this never heard of Judge before Tuesday’s surprise announcement from the Giants. League insiders are almost equally in the dark.
Judge was still an undiscovered gem to the rest of the NFL.
”It’s not necessarily that he wasn’t on anyone’s radar,” said one AFC executive. “I think it’s more that he wasn’t on anyone’s radar yet. There are a lot of qualified assistants out there. Maybe he jumped the line a bit. I’ve heard people say the Giants got him a year or two early.
”Of course, that doesn’t matter if they got it right.”
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