Joe Judge had his issues with the Philadelphia Eagles since the end of last season, circling his calendar for Sunday's matchup -- the first of two meetings this year between the long-standing rivals. Judge was not pleased with Philadelphia's decision to pull quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of a Week 17 matchup with Washington, a team the New York Giants needed to lose in order to win the NFC East -- with a 6-10 record.
The Giants have bigger fish to fry this week than last year's beef with the Eagles, as they'll play their first game without offensive coordinator Jason Garrett -- who was fired after Monday's blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Judge is fighting for his job in the coming weeks, which may be why the Eagles' issues are taking a backseat this week.
"I'd say anything in the past is irrelevant towards what's going to happen this week," Judge said, via Martin Frank of Delaware Online.
The Eagles, out of the playoff race and just playing out the season, pulled Hurts while trailing by three points to Washington in the fourth quarter. Giants players were upset at then-Eagles coach Doug Pederson's move, which sparked controversy throughout the league on the obvious intention to lose for a better draft pick.
Judge was upset over the Eagles' decision, which helped Washington win the division title and keep the Giants out of the playoffs.
"There's a number of sacrifices made by players and coaches in this league," Judge said in January. "There's a number of sacrifices that come along with the family members connected with them. To disrespect the effort that everybody put forward to make this season a success for the National Football League, to disrespect the game by going out there and not competing for 60 minutes and not doing anything to help those players win. We will never do that as long as I am the head coach of the New York Giants."
Judge and the Giants will certainly be motivated to prove a point to the Eagles, yet need to get their own season back on track first. The Giants have 16 games scoring 20 points or fewer, trailing only the Jets (17) since the start of last year. Daniel Jones has as many giveaways as touchdowns (49) since he entered the league in 2019, leading an offense that has averaged the third-fewest points (18.0) and second-fewest yards (308.5) since the start of last season.
The Giants have their problems -- but the Eagles may not be at the top of the list heading into Sunday.