5 candidates to replace New York Giants head coach Joe Judge

5 candidates to replace New York Giants head coach Joe Judge

The New York Giants are now 3-7 on the season following an ugly 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11. This has head coach Joe Judge boasting a disastrous 9-17 record since taking over in Jersey ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

While there’s been some reports that Judge’s job is safe with general manager David Gettleman likely out of a job, what we’re seeing from this squad doesn’t inspire confidence.

In-game coaching issues on both sides of the ball coupled with the lack of progression from quarterback Daniel Jones has these New York Giants irrelevant on the broader NFL stage. Below, we look at five candidate to replace Joe Judge with the Giants should the team’s brass opt to move off him.

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New York Giants hire Josh McDaniels

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Whether it’s a recipe for success moving forward remains to be seen. What we do know is that these Giants are likely to move off Jones after just three seasons. He has not proven himself to be anywhere near a starter-caliber quarterback. Boasting an additional first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, there’s a chance that New York opts to go quarterback.

Could that dictate who the team hires as head coach? If so, McDaniels would make the most sense. He’s been a top-end candidate throughout the NFL since an ill-fated tenure with the Broncos from 2009-10. He has a history of leading elite offenses with the New England Patriots. While doubling down on a Patriots assistant after hiring Judge away from that organization might be a hard move from a PR perspective, McDaniels could be the guy to turn around the ship in Jersey.

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New York Giants give Dennis Allen a chance

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Allen, 49, was an absolute disaster in two-plus season as the then-Oakland Raiders head coach from 2012-14 — posting an 8-28 record. However, it must be noted that he was young and immature. He was also tasked with leading an organization that was in shambles.

Allen has now worked as the Saints’ defensive coordinator since leaving the Raiders. He took over an absolutely dreadful unit from Rob Ryan, ultimately leading the Saints to three top-10 scoring defenses over the past five seasons. He’s been on the radar of many teams around the league, and could change up the environment on that side of the ball as long as Allen is able to bring in an experienced offensive mind.

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New York Giants shock everyone, hire Doug Pederson

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Let’s be honest here. The 53-year-old Pederson wouldn’t be a horrible hire for New York. Sure he bombed out in his final season with the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1) record, but we’re talking about a Super Bowl champion head coach and someone who led Philadelphia to three consecutive winning seasons.

To put that latter point in perspective, the Giants have had one winning season since all the way back in 2012. Pederson is known for working with quarterbacks dating back to his days with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick. He would bring both experience and previous success to a fledgling organization.

New York Giants promote Patrick Graham

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Seen as a savant on the defensive side of the ball, the 42-year-old Graham has been considered an under-the-radar head coach candidate over the past couple cyles. He took over as New York’s defensive coordinator and associate head coach back in 2020 after one season as the Dolphins’ defensive head. Prior to that, Graham worked in assistant roles with the Packers, these very same Giants and the New England Patriots.

What does this all mean? Graham has a ton of experience. He has a reputation around the league and a built-in relationship with current Giants defenders. Regardless of who is calling the shots, Graham should be given a shot should New York opt to move off Joe Judge after two seasons.

New York Giants bring in Ryan Day from Ohio State

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Day, 42, agreed to an extension early last year that technically ties him to the Buckeyes through the 2026 season. There’s also no indications that he plans to make the transition to the NFL. In fact, that job is probably better than 10 head-coaching gigs in the pros.

Even then, we’re talking about a large market and one of the most historical franchises in the NFL. The Giants could entice him with a big-money contract. Why wouldn’t they want to? Here’s a head coach who has posted a 33-3 record in Ohio State since taking over for Urban Meyer late in the 2018 season. He helped turn Justin Fields into an elite NFL Draft prospect and is in the process of doing the exact same thing with Heisman candidate C.J. Stroud this season. Day would be that franchise-altering hire the Giants need.

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Author: Vincent Frank

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