Joe Judge has been on the hot seat for quite some time now, and he's clearly beginning to feel the flames climb around him. After being easily shooed away on "Monday Night Football" by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- a team that's recently shown vulnerability in losing to the New Orleans Saints and Washington Football Team in the previous two weeks, respectively -- the New York Giants find themselves completely out of sorts in Judge's second season as a head coach.
Now sitting at 3-7 with no signs of life, an already impatient John Mara is likely seeing his frustration reach fever pitch and, as such, so is Judge. And while there is plenty of blame to slather around, including players not performing to their potential and/or contract, Judge, seething with anger, is pointing all fingers at himself and his coaching staff for what's turned into another disappointing campaign.
"You can put that down tonight. Got that?" Judge said after being embarrassed in primetime, via ESPN. "You guys can write that tonight. Players have to execute. That is their job, right? It is our job to teach them.
"It's their job to go out and execute, but we've got to make sure we put them in position to have success. That has to be consistent, by the way. So, you can go ahead and write that down. I'm not going to debate that."
There is arguably nothing the Giants are doing right these days -- from ranking 24th in points allowed per game (24.6 ppg) to the wildly uneven play of Daniel Jones to questionable offensive play-calling by coordinator Jason Garrett. In 10 games, they've mustered an average of just 18.9 points per contest (25th in the league), have one of the worst red zone percentages in the NFL and have been outscored 45-0 in the last two minutes of the first half of games.
"We have to do a better job of scoring points," Judge added. "I know it sounds pretty obvious and to the point with it, but I'm going to keep it pretty blunt right there. We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays. We have too many good players.
"We have to put them in better position to capitalize on it. That's it."
That sounds like a red circle being drawn about the future of Garrett with the team, and while Judge didn't go as far as to paint a scarlet letter on the shirt of Garrett just yet, he also didn't pound the table with confidence in his offensive coordinator -- instead walking a very fine line (albeit not as effectively as he might believe).
"I have faith in all the people on our team -- players, coaches, everyone. We'll assess everything as a team and make any move we need to going forward," Judge said. "I'm not going to go into it right now."
Sooner or later, he'll have to, or Mara might get into it for him, and then potentially clean out the entire house.