Joe Judge didn’t fire off any shots after being fired by the Giants, instead offering one last vote of confidence to his former quarterback.
Judge was fired after two seasons helming Big Blue with a 10-23 record as the franchise made sweeping leadership changes. According to Fox Sports’ Peter Schraeger during an appearance on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast, the coach took the very high road.
“He gets fired, everyone’s so happy, doing flips, and I do this thing where I’ll cal the coach or text him and be like ‘Hey, if there’s anything I can do,’” Schrager said. “I can’t do sh-t, ‘If there’s anything I can do, put in a good word with another team…’ They don’t need my help, but it’s a gesture.
“He calls me right away and he goes, ‘Here’s what you can do’ — I love this about Joe Judge and Giants fans might be ready to run through a wall for this — ‘This is what you can do. Next time you or your co-hosts want to sh-t all over Daniel Jones, or say that they know Jones is terrible, or this or that, know that Daniel Jones is tough as sh-t, comes prepared, and I would run through a brick wall for that guy.’”
Jones, a controversial sixth overall pick by Judge’s GM, Dave Gettleman, in the 2019 NFL Draft, did not become the franchise QB Giants fans dreamed of in two seasons under Judge. He was among the league leaders in being sacked in his first two seasons while struggling with turnovers.
Perplexed, Schraeger made sure he was getting the right message from Judge.
“I’m like, ‘That’s the one thing you want? You don’t want to take a shot at Gettleman, you don’t want to take a shot at the Maras?’” he said “He’s like, ‘Nah, whatever. Just that quarterback is tough and was put in a tough spot and I just want everyone to know that.’”
Jones, having had his fifth-year option declined by the Giants, has helped guide the team to a 7-2 start as he attempts to impress new GM Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll.
His former coach, meanwhile, is in New England for a second go-round under coach Bill Belichick.