EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – It became apparent after Monday night 30-10 lose come Tampa Bay Buccaneers that New York Giants Coach Joe Judge couldn’t take it anymore. He’s tired of the rough foul of his dispatcher Jason Garrett, who repeatedly fails to get the ball to his team’s players in the open space and performs the most basic of services – like scoring.
The result is 42 offensive touchdowns in 26 games for the Giants (3-7), the least of any team (including the Giants). New York Jets) since the beginning of last season. It finally has Garrett lay off on Tuesday, a day later Judge was unusually critical of him after his loss to the Bucs.
Garrett was the first major member to fall as a result of another disappointing season. He is unlikely to be the last.
General Manager Dave Gettleman better not leave his key card behind on a scouting trip. If he does, there may not be a new one when he returns. Not with an 18-40 record since he was hired to replace two-time Super Bowl winner Jerry Reese.
Detectives should also be informed. That was evident every time it watched its struggling offensive line and the rest of the formation it assembled.
Even Judge, with Garrett no longer around and Gettleman being fired, all of which is just a formality at this rate, better be careful. Tuesday’s move removed some built shelters that presumably improved the Judge’s job security.
With Garrett’s absence, the focus of the Giants teachers and students became brighter. Judge has a 9-17 record, and while his job doesn’t seem to be in jeopardy, at some point he needs to start winning, because this just isn’t good enough.
Not that Judge considered this when he fired Garrett.
“I almost never worry about external perception,” he says. “I make moves that I think are in the best interest of the team, and when you’re at the helm, you really never have to worry about whether it’s a popular decision or not.
“You have to make the right decisions.”
It’s hard to argue with this move. Judge cannot alienate his biggest stars, who are increasingly frustrated by the team’s lack of success in attack that seems destined for another season without the knockouts.
The giant has run again Saquon Barkley and settle on the left Andrew Thomas against the Bucs. They have receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney healthiest they’ve had in a long time. However, they won only 215 yards in total against a Tampa Bay defense that has struggled in recent weeks.
It was a last chance for Garrett, who according to sources seems to be losing influence in recent weeks.
Stephen A. Smith on the Giants after their loss to the Buccaneers.
“I don’t believe we’re scoring enough points,” Judge said Tuesday afternoon. “My job as head coach is to make sure that I create opportunities for our players to go out there and play.”
Midfielder Daniel Jones at the top of that list. He is in 3rd grade in his progress. Now that the pretext for Garrett’s offense was holding him back. Judge said the Giants will use an internal collaborative effort to fill Garrett’s role. A source told ESPN that senior offensive assistant Freddie Kitchens is expected to be involved in the game. Judge declined to publicly name a player and implied that he might be involved.
Perhaps this is the answer. After all, Jones threw 24 touchdown passes in his 12 games in Pat Shurmur’s offense as a rookie. He threw 20 in 24 games under Garrett. And despite the troubles of the attack, trust was built in the players who played around the midfielder.
“We definitely have good players in positions and we have to do a good job of getting the ball for them,” Jones said after Monday’s loss. “Like I said, I had to do it. We had a chance. There was a chance. I had to do a better job of finding those people.”
No wonder Garrett was a failed experiment. He and the Judge always seemed to be an arranged marriage.
Garrett is highly regarded by co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch after working for the organization from 2000 to 2003 as a player. They respect him from afar as a coach when he’s with him Dallas Cowboys. So ownership suggested Judge meet Garrett when he took the Giant job.
Judge agreed, the meeting appeared to have gone well, and Garrett ended up becoming a coordinator despite not being part of Judge’s job round and not calling plays since 2013.
“Just very simply about staff, I hire employees,” Judge said Tuesday in response to the suggestion that Garrett was coerced by his ownership.
It does not matter. Garrett always seems to do things wrong. His fate seemed inevitable following the departures of two of his former assistants in Dallas: offensive team coach Marc Colombo, who was fired? following a changeover with Judge last season, and executive assistant supporting coach Stephen Brown, who was not brought back this season.
According to sources, the Giants considered firing Garrett during the off-season. But Garrett’s relationship with Jones prompted the Giants to try one more time at college. It extended by 10 mostly unsuccessful games, seeing the Giants ranked 25th in the NFL with 18.9 points per game.
Last week, there were signs that the relationship was coming to an end when Garrett made some curious comments about the state of the offensive line, noting that the unit was in a rebuilding phase.
The Giant’s reconstruction will continue without him, but with others under a microscope.
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