It's been yet another rough season for the New York Giants and head coach Joe Judge, all of whom recently heard boos from home fans. Three was a bright spot, however, when the Giants were able to celebrate an impressive 25-3 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that improved Big Blue to 2-5.
Judge accepted blame for the team's state ahead of Sunday's win, and Giants co-owner John Mara told Ian O'Connor of the New York Post he still believes in the coach as much as he did the day he made the hire even though New York has gone 8-15 since Week 1 of the 2020 campaign.
"Obviously, we’ve struggled this year, but he has not lost the locker room, and I’ve seen that happen over the years," Mara said of Judge. "I think the players still believe in him. We’ve just got to get our guys healthy again."
Judge also spoke with O’Connor after the win.
"It’s important to have the support of ownership because, ultimately, it’s their team," Judge responded. "I’m representing their family, their product. … This isn’t Joe Judge’s team. This is the New York Giants; that’s the Mara and Tisch families. Whatever we do as a team has to match up to what they value and what they want to see.
"They’ve been very supportive. They communicate very openly, they talk about what’s going on and what we need to do. We’re not an excuse-making organization. We’re very, very candid in terms of where we are as a coaching staff, roster, and what we have to do better going forward."
As Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk alluded to, the Giants seem likely to part ways with general manager Dave Gettleman following the season. One wonders if Mara's words hint that whoever holds the GM job next will be linked with Judge for at least one year.