By HCR Staff | Jan. 15, 2020
The New York Giants ownership generally is lauded by NFL media for its stability, but in its recent past, it’s shown the organization may be more rudderless than the press clippings indicate.
With the hiring of rookie head coach Joe Judge, the Giants now have their third head coach in five years, and the second rookie. And even though recently terminated head coach Pat Shurmur wasn’t a rookie head coach, he only had two years of head coaching experience in Cleveland prior to the Giants job.
This means the last three Giants head coaches have had a total of two years head coaching combined, on their first day of work as Giants head coach.
Clearly, inexperience hasn’t scared Giants ownership during the hiring process, and every head coach has to start somewhere. Even Bill Belichick was a rookie head coach once, so just because a coach is inexperienced as a head coach, it doesn’t mean that he can’t ultimately grow into the job and succeed…if he’s given time.
And that’s the mystery here. Will the Giants, on this occasion, give Judge time to grow?
Like any rookie player, Judge is going to need reps to gain confidence, and in our view, that’s a minimum of three years on the job. After all, Judge has never been a head coach before on any meaningful level, so he has no idea of the pressure he’ll face once his butt is in the seat.
Not only is Judge a rookie, he’s going to be a rookie in the largest media market in the world. Given these circumstances, it’s only natural he’s going to need time to develop. Along with the quarterback, Judge now is the face of the franchise, and he’s never done this before.
Based on their record in the recent past, Giants ownership hasn’t shown the requisite patience. Ben McAdoo got only two years, as did Shurmur. Giants ownership can’t risk another two and done; if it does happen, then the media calls will grow louder about the incompetence of the Giants ownership.
Judge has to get three years. We don’t know if he’s going to develop or not, but we do know that only time–real time–will tell.