Joe Judge: Firing Jason Garrett wasn't 'snap decision'
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge is discussing the firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' Joe Judge: Firing OC Jason Garrett wasn't 'snap decision'

The New York Giants entered their bye week via a solid 23-16 home win over the Las Vegas Raiders that improved them to 3-6 overall on Nov. 7 but then largely looked unprepared and overwhelmed during Monday's 30-10 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

New York responded to that defeat by dismissing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett on Tuesday, and head coach Joe Judge spoke with reporters about that decision later in the day. 

"In terms of entering the bye week, we’d played a stretch of three games leading into it where I thought as a team we were making some progress overall," Judge explained, according to Scott Thompson of SNY. "There’s some things we’d address and change and improve on. But ultimately, I thought going into the bye week would give it a little time going forward, and I just want to make sure we make progress in the right direction. It’s not a snap decision or anything. After last night, we gotta make some moves to give our offense an opportunity to change some things up, be productive and hopefully score more points." 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports senior offensive assistant and former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens will assume offensive play-calling duties for a Giants team that is 23rd in the NFL with 322.8 yards per game and 25th with 18.9 points per contest. 

"What I like about Freddie is he has a very aggressive approach to the game," Judge added. "I think Freddie’s done a good job in terms of using his players and creating matchups and situations where they can have success and he calls it with a degree of multiple and variables which presents problems to opponents. He sees it through the lens of the player if that makes sense in terms of creating plays for the player." 

Kitchens' first task should be to open the playbook so the Giants can better evaluate third-year quarterback Daniel Jones ahead of what will likely be yet another pivotal offseason for the organization. Per ESPN stats, Jones is 28th among eligible signal-callers with an 84.0 passer rating, 26th with a 40.8 total QBR and 21st with 2,226 passing yards. He's matched nine passing touchdowns with seven interceptions. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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