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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants coach Joe Judge is not retiring from the busy 11-minute response he gave after Sunday’s 29-3 loss to the Chicago Bears, which explains why fans should still have faith. In fact, he doubles.
Judge saw it as a “dose of truth”, whether people will believe it or not.
“No,” Judge said confidently Monday in a conference call with reporters. “Look, I was asked a specific question about what fans asked and I answered it. People ask me a direct question, I give direct answers. Whoever listens will get a dose of the truth. I answered honestly to the fans “That is what the question was asked. It is clear that the answer can apply to a wide variety of areas.”
As examples of the culture he believes has been built, a locker room that has been disinfected, and a group of players who work hard despite being out of the playoffs. There were also allegations of former players calling to tell Judge they missed the Giants, and current impending free agents begging to return.
Judge refused to give names when pressed. He reiterated that the Giants were a coveted destination.
“I know this is a place that players want to play,” he said. “It’s a place that a lot of players will want to play for a long time.”
According to the referee’s assessment, the Giants (4-12) are a well-trained team. He was sharpened the day after a fifth defeat in a row, if he still meant it.
After taking a few seconds to digest the question, I answered confidently.
“I would. I would,” he said. “Of course there are some things we need to do better. I do not have to sit here and hide behind something. I do not want to sit here and say we are perfect or something. There are many things. I have seen a lot of improvements. from our players in many different ways.And sometimes not all of it is magnified.But I look at different things that come up with our team …. So look, I’m very confident in the way we push forward. There are things we need to improve on.
“Obviously the most important thing in this league is to win. So we have to do a better job by putting ourselves in a position to finish and putting ourselves in a position to win.”
The referee’s postgame rant attracted a lot of criticism and skepticism in the 24 hours after the loss. It was a talk in radio and television programs across the country.
The two players made available on the Giants’ Zoom call Monday, running back Devontae Booker and left tackle Andrew Thomas, both said they did not hear the referee’s comments. Booker admitted that some guys talked about it Monday in the locker room.
A Giants player told ESPN that there is a faction of players who appreciate that Judge has not resigned. These players, in turn, will not give up on him.
That’s good because Judge and the Giants will end the season on Sunday against the Washington Football Team at a likely angry MetLife Stadium and they will be without quarterback Mike Glennon. According to Judge, Glennon will undergo surgery on his left wrist and will join starter Daniel Jones on the injury list.
That probably leaves Jake Fromm starting for the second time in his career. The first did not go so well two weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles when he threw for 25 yards.
It was still better than this Sunday when the Giants finished with minus-10 net passing yards in Chicago. It was the lowest total in an NFL game since Chargers and Ryan Leaf did so in 1998.