Bill Belichick requested Bill Parcells to do a favor for one in all his Patriots assistants.
“He wanted me to talk to Joe Judge before his press conference,” Parcells instructed The Post on Wednesday.
That can be Judge’s first press convention as head coach of the Giants. Parcells didn’t need to share many specifics of a personal dialog with a 38-year-old man who had by no means led a workforce on any degree, however he did supply this: “I told him, ‘Don’t come in talking about the players.’ I said, ‘They’re going to ask you what you like about this guy or that guy, and you haven’t seen these players, so don’t talk about them.’ And he didn’t.”
In reality, Parcells strengthened what Judge was already pondering. Heap semi-educated reward on his new workforce? For the longest time the rookie coach wouldn’t even converse the names of Daniel Jones or Saquon Barkley or any Giant.
Nothing can be given without cost on this Judge’s chambers.
Fast-forward to the summer time of 2021, and Judge is on the cellphone with The Post saying how a lot he appreciates the assist he’s acquired from Parcells and Tom Coughlin, and the way a lot he needs to attach with the lads who’ve received the franchise’s 4 Super Bowl titles. Judge had by no means met Coughlin earlier than Eli Manning’s retirement announcement. He mentioned the final coach to win all of it with the Giants “has been tremendous to me … reaching out, offering advice and being a sounding board.”
“We talked about him possibly coming out as a guest captain for a game,” Judge mentioned. “I’d love him to do the coin toss with our players.”
Asked about that risk whereas he watched the horse races at his cherished Saratoga observe, Parcells responded, “They wanted me to toss the coin for the first game [against Denver], but I told them I didn’t want to come for a [4:25] p.m. start. I wouldn’t get back to Saratoga until 10:30.”
“I’ll try to come once,” he mentioned. “I’m a Giant.”
Joe Judge is a Giant, too, an odd factor to say a few Philly man who was raised an Eagles fan and who spent his coaching days in Mississippi, Alabama, and New England. But Judge talks like somebody who grew up within the shadow of Giants Stadium the way in which Parcells did. He’s endlessly occurring about the necessity to area a bodily, relentless, in-your-face workforce that represents the blue-collar individuals of the area.
He’s a legit tough-guy coach with a franchise that hardly ever does its greatest work with not-so-tough-guy coaches. (They know who they’re.)
Belichick, a Giants assistant for a dozen years, truly kick-started Judge’s transition to proud resident of the larger metropolitan space.
“Every time [Belichick] told stories from his past,” Judge mentioned, “he talked about New York differently than he did anywhere else. You can tell Coach had great passion, love, and appreciation from when he was here. It wasn’t interview preparation; we had much deeper conversations to get me ready for this job. We talked about how much this organization meant to him. The Giants and the history of the game are very important to him, and it’s something I share as well.”
Truth is, no one is aware of what’s going to turn out to be of Judge after his 6-10 begin. Coughlin was 6-10 in his first Giants season and have become an historic franchise determine. His successor, Ben McAdoo, began out 11-5 and acquired fired 12 video games into his second yr. Parcells was 3-12-1 in his Year 1, practically acquired fired, and ended up heading to Canton on curler skates. Where Judge lands on the Big Blue board is anybody’s guess.
But throughout Judge’s candidacy to interchange Pat Shurmur, Belichick had his causes for telling Giants co-owner John Mara, “He’s better than the last two guys you hired.” Judge isn’t afraid of confrontation, whether or not it was assistant Marc Colombo (final yr), tight finish Kelvin Benjamin (final week), or your entire workforce (Tuesday), and his language could be extra profane than two all-world cursers he grew up admiring, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Temple’s John Chaney.
He’s additionally not afraid of claiming — as he did throughout his first day on the job — that it’s necessary to indicate human compassion to gamers, and that it’s a mistake to “think that in professional sports that paying a paycheck to somebody makes it absent of empathy.”
No, empathy didn’t have a spot in Tuesday’s punishment for the full-pads, full-team brawl that despatched Judge over the sting. But when he spoke Wednesday concerning the Giants champions he’s invited to camp, and invited to be omnipresent members of his program, Judge mentioned he seen they talked about these hard-driving Parcells/Coughlin strategies “with a smile.”
The smiles on their faces are impressed by the rings on their fingers. Joe Judge received his job interview, and received his press convention, and received his audition because the powerful man most definitely to honor the Parcells/Coughlin manner.
Now he simply must win a number of video games.