Joe Judge continues to find ways to lose football games as the New York Giants season is spiraling out of control. New York is 2-6 and mired with the Washington Football Team in last place in the NFC East after Monday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Judge had a number of errors in the loss, one that reared its ugly head Monday night. The Giants were forced to burn timeouts in the first half against the Chiefs, boiling frustration Judge has had with the league all season.
"The headsets were going out. We are having headset issues. This has happened in every game so far," Judge said after the loss. "We deal with the league and they keep telling us there are different software updates or whatever it is, but we had to call two timeouts today because we were trying to send the deals in personnel wise and you got half of the headsets not getting reception. That is the issue right there.
"We are trying to make the right call. There were other times it was not the right look. I wanted to make sure we settled down, but the other one with the substitution right there, that is a breakdown. We have to make sure the hardware is working. So whatever the issue with that is, the people involved better get it fixed fast."
No matter what Judge said regarding the headsets, the NFL won't be fixing the issue. The league released a statement it has not been able to identify an issue with the Giants' communication system and it was not made aware of any issues during the game from the Giants through the standard communication channels used to identify gameday issues (via Tom Rock of Newsday). The league remains confident nothing was attributable to the Bose headsets used by all teams around the league.
Judge's clock management issues have been a problem throughout his career, having another questionable decision late in Monday's loss to Kansas City. The Chiefs were in the red zone and the game tied at 17-17, but Judge decided to run the clock down to the two-minute warning rather than burn their final timeout and give the Giants more time on the clock when they would get the ball back. Judge didn't say if headsets were an issue in that situation.
"There were a couple of scenarios. That was just how things were playing out based on situations," Judge said. "There were two times today where the headsets were an issue. We will do hand signals or whatever we have to do. If we can't rely on the equipment, we will figure something else out. At one point, we tried to go back to the old equipment, and they told us we were not allowed to do it for whatever reason. We didn't have issues with it last year for the most part. Hopefully we will figure that out."
Headsets aside, Judge is 8-16 as head coach with the Giants since he's entered the league. Only six teams in the league have fewer wins than the Giants during that span -- and all of them have first-year head coaches in 2021.
There's a lack of communication in the Giants organization to say the least.
"I don't want to make this all about headsets," Judge said. "I would say this. Whoever is in charge of it. I don't know the exact answer. I don't know if it comes from the league or us exactly, but they better fix it fast. That is it. We get the communication back that these things are an issue and then we get told they have adjusted this, they have done this, whatever it is. We have tried to adjust and use different hardware. It has not been allowed. We will keep on moving on.
"Look, I don't want to make this about stupid headsets. That is not what this is about. That was not the fact. We have to do other things on our own to make sure we have success."
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