By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Third times the charm? The New York Giants hope that their third choice will pan out.
The Giants hired New England Patriots special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach Joe Judge as head coach. Financial terms of the agreement are not known.
New York’s first two candidates took other jobs in the NFL. Mike McCarthy was hired by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
Then, on Tuesday, the Carolina Panthers hired Matt Rhule as their head coach. He received a seven-year, $70 million deal.
The Panthers also had to pay the Baylor Bears a $6 million buyout to get Rhule. He reportedly contacted the Giants, according to CBS Sports, and offered them an opportunity to match the contract that was offered to him.
However, New York elected to turn down the offer and name Judge as head coach. He has no experience as a coordinator in the NFL or college.
In addition, he also has no prior experience as a head coach.
The Giants moved quickly to hire him, because the Mississippi State Bulldogs also wanted to interview him for their vacant head coaching position. Joe Moorhead was fired after two seasons earlier this month.
The 38-year-old Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native has been employed by the Patriots since the 2012 season. He served as their special teams assistant from 2012 through 2014.
He then was their special teams coordinator from 2015 through 2018. In 2019, he added the wide receivers duties to his special teams responsibilities.
While he is inexperienced as a head coach, he has big game experience. He won three Super Bowls during his tenure with the Patriots.
Judge was a part of the teams that won Super Bowl XLIX, LI, and LIII. He was also a part of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team that won the BCS National Champions in 2009 and 2011.
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