The judges play in New York.
Many love New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. Big smile, big bat. And New Yorkers can’t get enough of Judge Judy, the Brooklyn-born, fire-breathing TV judge.
But to stay in the Big Apple, you have to produce on the big stage under the bright lights.
That’s why Joe Judge is the one who just doesn’t belong to him. He has failed badly as a New York Giants manager and should be fired as soon as possible.
Many are expected to be shipped out to pack on Black Monday, the day after the season when NFL coaches are traditionally beaten.
And without a doubt, the judge should be among the group he lets go when the dust clears.
The Giants are a mess, an awkward football team.
The farce of the judge can no longer go on.
For the record, Judge became the first Giants manager to lose 13 games in one season. In two seasons it is 10-23. The Giants are so bad that their fans can’t even laugh out loud at the terrible New York Jets.
In Sunday’s sad 22-7 defeat to Washington at MetLife Stadium, Judge delivered one last smelly moment to leave no doubt that he can’t get the job done.
The judge sneaked the back-to-back quarterback. The first was on a second and 11. And the second on a third and nine.
Sure, the Giants have been backward in their own end zone. However, few could ever remember seeing a horrific series of plays to come out of the hole in their own territory.
It was so bad that even Fox TV’s football crew spoke in disgust. Enter analyst Daryl Johnston.
“I mean, really?” Johnston said during the broadcast. “Are you at the four-yard line and not comfortable enough in your attack to perform a traditional play ?!”
Fox stage man Chris Myers added, “This is sad.” “It’s amazing what they just did,” added Johnston.
As expected, Giants fans praised Judge the Bronx as boos rained down. After the debacle, the judge made little sense in explaining his decisions. “We were supported, I wanted to have space,” he said.
Normally, analysts use gloves when talking about coaches and their decisions. But even Fox broadcasters couldn’t look away as if nothing had happened.
Twitter went wild and roasted Judge too.
If that was bad, the Giants’ offensive ineptitude was shown this season. When the Giants scored their only touchdown of the match, it ended a drought of 43 consecutive offensive possessions with no TDs.
It seems impossible, but that statistic is not a typo.
For sure, the wheels fell off this bad boy. It is not possible that an honest person could have watched this season and have a glimmer of hope for the next.
The Giants ended the year with six straight losses. And what’s worse, they lost them with a combined score of 163-56.
The Giants finished their first 17-game NFL season with a 4-13 record. The horrible Jets ended with the same record. Yes, the team that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since 1969.
The Giants are a much better organization and shouldn’t be in the same boat with their co-tenants at Metlife Stadium. The Giants have won four Super Bowls, the most recent in 2011.
This just can’t continue.
The only thing worse than Judge at the helm’s last two seasons has been the four years GM Dave Gettleman has had at the helm of the front office. Under his control, the Giants are a horrible 19-46.
He should announce his retirement rather than being fired for a terrible job.
Despite all the bad losses this season, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Judge would be left out with Gettleman, the man who hired Judge.
Somehow, around Christmas, the Giants property was rumored to be planning to keep Judge even after Gettlemen’s departure.
This seems to be out of the question now. After a terrible season like this, no one should be safe. The front office, technical staff and roster all need to be scrutinized and remodeled.
Speaking of the roster, the Giants saw quarterback Daniel Jones come back under Judge. Sure, he’s been injured, but when he’s healthy and playing, he’s been underwhelming at best. The jury may still be out on Jones and his future as a QB star, but in his head coach’s case, the verdict is so obvious. The gaval should hit Joe Judge.