joe-judge-giants-getty.jpg

Joe Judge was relieved of his duties after just two years as New York Giants head coach. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch was the primary force behind Judge's exit, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. 

Tisch reportedly convinced partner John Mara that a change was necessary after the Giants went just 10-23 in two seasons under Judge, who came to New York after spending eight seasons as a member of Bill Belichick's staff in New England. Along with Judge's departure, the Giants accepted the resignation of general manager Dave Gettleman, who announced his retirement. The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman's watch, as New York has not had a winning season since 2016. New York has had just one playoff appearance and no playoff victories since defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. 

Mara recently acknowledged that the end of the Giants' 2021 season was the lowest point of his tenure with the organization. After winning two Super Bowls during his first seven years as co-owner, the Giants have had just two winning seasons since Mara became the team's president/CEO in 2012. 

"We just got to a point where I thought we had dug ourselves a hole so deep that I didn't see a clear path to getting out of it unless we completely blew it up and started all over again with a new general manager and a new head coach," Mara said, via NFL.com. "I still think that there's a really good head coach inside of Joe Judge, I just felt that where we are right now, on the verge of bringing in a new general manager, we have to give that person the flexibility to bring in a head coach that he wants. That was a large part of the decision here and making a change. I just felt like we really needed to just start from the ground up again."

Along with finding a new general manager, the Giants' brass has begun the process of finding the franchise's fifth head coach since Tom Coughlin left after the 2015 season. New York has already interviewed several candidates for its vacant general manager position that includes Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen and Cardinals VP of pro personnel Adrian Wilson.