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Report: Giants hire Joe Judge as their head coach

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The NFC East head coaching vacancies have been filled.

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The New York Giants missed out on rumored top target Matt Rhule so they hired someone else instead: New England Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge.

Wait. Who?

Judge is a 38-year-old Philadelphia native (traitor!) who attended Lansdale Catholic High School. Or at least that’s what Wikipedia tells me. He spent time coaching in the college ranks from 2005 through 2011 before making the jump to the NFL in 2012.

Here’s how the Patriots’ special teams have ranked in DVOA since Judge was promoted to coordinator five years ago:

2015 — 5th
2016 — 8th
2017 — 3rd
2018 — 16th
2019 — 11th

Seems like a solid special teams coordinator. But will he be a good head coach? We’ll see. Kinda hard to give the Giants the benefit of the doubt with how many mistakes they’ve made for years now.

In any case, the NFC East has three new head coaches in 2020:

New York Giants — Joe Judge

Dallas Cowboys — Mike McCarthy

Washington — Ron Rivera

Welcome to Doug Pederson’s division.

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UPDATE: Garrett to NYG (just not as head coach) is still alive!