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CHICAGO – The results on the field have not shaken New York Giants coach Joe Judge’s belief that the organization is heading in the right direction. Not a bit.
The referee delivered a passionate response of 11 plus minutes after Sunday’s 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears to a question about why fans should have faith that the sputtering franchise will turn it around. In it, there were examples of the culture that has been built, a locker room that has been disinfected, and the work ethic and effort that the current players have exhibited during the week and on game days. There were also allegations of former players calling to tell Judge they missed the Giants and current players (upcoming free agents) asking to return.
“This is not a team that has fist fights on the sidelines. This is not a clown show organization or anything,” the referee said. “You talk about the foundation that has been built. The hardest thing about changing a team, in a club, is the way people think. You understand that? It’s the hardest thing. You can get new players. You can have your damn locker room. .everything you want.You have to change how people think.You have to change how they believe in what you do.And they have to trust the process.And it’s much easier said than done when they I look up right now and you have one match left and the most you can win is five this season.
“But I guarantee you this: Those men are going to go in on Wednesday and be ready to roll. We have to train hard on Wednesday, train hard on Thursday and Friday. And we have to play for each other when we get on the field next week. . “
The Giants (4-12) have lost five games in a row. And if they present another poor performance next Sunday when they face the Washington Football Team, Judge knows what to expect.
“Every fan has the right to bow my ass out of the stadium,” he said. “Do you have it? It does not bother me. I do not want it. I do not think anyone wants to be exclaimed. But in reality it is okay. … Fans are absolutely right to ask what you ask about.”
The Giants could have played hard Sunday in Chicago. Their defense played until the final drive, which ended when linebacker Tae Crowder intercepted a pass near the zone with under two minutes remaining.
But the offense was again anemic. Quarterback Mike Glennon went 4-of-11 passes in 24 yards with two interceptions and four fumbles, two of which were lost. The Giants had minus-10 net yards passes against the Bears. It was the lowest total of any team since the 1998 Chargers, when Ryan Leaf went 1-of-15 for 4 yards and lost 23 yards on sacks in a game.
“It was embarrassing,” Glennon said. “We work hard all week, all out of season, to get a better product.”
The product has not been good for the Giants for a while. They have lost at least 10 games in five straight seasons and 12 games in three of the last five.
But Judge, in his second year as coach, believes the Giants have a culture and system in place that will help the organization finally get it right. He mentioned taking over a program that his executives told him was a mess after Pat Shurmur was fired.
Judge, 40, said he was told the previous group was not a team. The players did not play hard as they were out of the playoffs. It got so bad that some of the leaders stopped showing up for the captains’ meetings. He even mentioned that there was a player (it was commonly known to be former wide receiver Golden Tate) who had golf clubs in front of his closet weeks before the end of the season. Everyone resigned.
“They knocked out,” Judge said he was told.
That’s not the problem now, Judge insisted. He said he knows because he talked to two team leaders recently about what he needed to know about this team.
“Both guys had the same answers,” Judge said. “Everyone on the team is locked in. Everyone comes in to work. Everyone comes in every week and is committed to doing it and doing it the right way. And playing together as a team.”
The problem seems to be that it does not show up on the field. The Giants, devastated by injuries, have only gotten worse as this season has progressed. They won 6-10 last season and had a chance to win the division until the final game.
Still, the team wants to bring referee and quarterback Daniel Jones (out of season with a neck injury) back next season, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter last week. Not that any of them seem incapable of a new general manager, with the Giants apparently set to fire Dave Gettleman in the coming weeks.
The referee does not seem very worried. He is confident in what he is building despite the lack of results on the pitch.
“I know we have the right temperament. I know we have the right culture when it comes to teaching players and that’s why I do not come up here and try to murder a player because I think it will save my ass, “the judge said. “Because behind closed doors, we close those doors, I can tell all the players to a man, look them in the eye, tell them exactly what they’ve screwed up for, and exactly how to fix it. I can ask them to keep “as responsible as it can possibly be. Because I’m not going to sit up here, like some other cowards behind a microphone, and blow the players up. That’s it. I signed up to be the head coach here.”