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One year later, the story of how the Giants hired Joe Judge – The Athletic

Dan Duggan of The Athletic provides an insightful story I wish I had done myself. Here’s a little bit:

To explain how the Giants discovered Judge, whose one and only NFL head coaching interview came with the team last Jan. 6, one must go back two years earlier. Co-owner John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams traveled to Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 5, 2018, to interview Patriots coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels for the Giants’ head coaching vacancy.

As the Giants brass interviewed those candidates, each identified Judge as a coach they wanted to add to their prospective staffs. That got the attention of Mara, who researched Judge and became more intrigued after learning that the young coach had spent three years on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama before joining the Patriots in 2012.

The Giants ultimately hired Pat Shurmur in 2018, but found themselves back in the market for a head coach last year after two disappointing seasons. Patricia took the Lions head coaching job in 2018, but McDaniels remained a hot candidate. So the Giants submitted a request to interview McDaniels again. And they added another request since they were planning to be in Foxboro after the Patriots’ wild-card game against the Titans.

“We figured if we’re going to go up there anyway, let’s see what this Joe Judge is all about,” Mara told The Athletic.

Former New York Giants D-coordinator James Bettcher hungry for next chance - New York Giants Blog- ESPN

Bettcher says he has to “take ownership fore the tape” from his two years with the Giants.

Giants Re-Signing QB/WR Joe Webb |

The veteran quarterback/wide receiver/special teamer is going to get a chance to continue his career with the Giants in 2021.

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