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Joe Judge is Losing the Locker Room

“I challenged guys at halftime. I wanted to see who’s going to finish the game. I wanted to see what type of fight some of these guys have.” – Joe Judge

It was at that moment that I knew the locker room was slipping from Joe Judge’s grasp. Let’s set the stage: It’s Week 6, you’re coming off an offseason with HUGE free agency spending, and the head coach needs to BEG for the player to TRY in a Week 6 game. WEEK 6! Not Week 18. WEEK 6! Not even one-third of the way through the season. Now read that quote again:

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“I challenged guys at halftime. I wanted to see who’s going to finish the game. I wanted to see what type of fight some of these guys have.” – Joe Judge

Winning football coaches don’t need to challenge guys to try at half. There guys are already fighting. Winning cultures don’t start off 1-5 and 2-4 every season.

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We’ve seen this story before. We see it every single year in the league and Giants fans saw this in 2017 with Ben McAdoo. Players quit on McAdoo after a 1-7 start after getting destroyed by the Los Angeles Rams. Fast forward 4 years later and the current Giants coach is begging his team to “try” after getting destroyed by the Los Angeles Rams…

Before anyone says this is different, Joe Judge’s Giants responded to his plea by scoring 0 points in the third quarter and 8 total points in the 2nd half. The 8 points were scored with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter when the Rams were pulling players off the field. Pathetic.

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It’s not like this is a young team. This is a football team with high priced players on the defensive side of the ball and a third year QB. These veterans know. The head coach talked the talk all offseason and it was exactly that: all talk. Do you really expect grown men to stay bought in on Joe Judge after starting 1-5 when they ran laps all offseason?

We’re watching history repeat itself. The Gettleman/Judge era looks exactly like the Gettleman/Schumur era and Joe Judge doesn’t look any different than Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur.

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