Without raising his voice or mentioning Doug Pederson by name, New York Giants coach Joe Judge thoroughly trashed the Philadelphia Eagles coach on Monday for blatantly not trying to win Sunday night’s game against the Washington Football Team.
I’m just going to give you Judge’s full answer to a question about the decision to sit several healthy starters and then play seldom-used third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld in the fourth quarter of a close game.
“Let me just be very clear on this. We had 16 opportunities this year, that’s it. It’s our responsibility to take care of our opportunities and to perform better and execute the situations when they’re on our plate. We don’t ever want to leave our fate in the hands of anybody else,” Judge said.
“We’re not going to make excuses as an organization. Not now, not ever. We had our opportunities.”
He then continued:
“One thing to keep in mind with this season is we had a lot of people opt in to this season. Coaches, players, that includes family members as well. To look at a group of grown men who I ask to give me effort on a day-in, day-out basis and to empty the tank and I can look them in the eye and assure them that I’m always going to do everything I can to put them in a competitive advantage and play them in a position of strength … to me you don’t ever want to disrespect those players and their effort, and disrespect the game.
“The sacrifices that they made to come into work every day and test before coming in, to sit in meetings spaced out, to wear masks, to have shields over those masks, to go through extensive protocols, travel in unconventional ways, to get text messages at 6:30 in the morning to tell them practice has been cancelled, we have to do a virtual day. To tell them please don’t have your family over for Thanksgiving, please avoid Christmas gatherings, we know it’s your wife’s birthday, let’s make sure we put that one off to the offseason.
“There’s a number of sacrifices that have been made by all the players and coaches in this league. There’s a number of sacrifices that come along as well with the family members and the people connected to them.
“To disrespect the effort that everyone put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and doing everything you can to help those players win. We will never do that as long as I’m the head coach of the New York Giants.”